Here's What to Do if Someone Gives You a Gift You Didn't Ask For
You have a registry for a reason, but odds are, you'll have a guest (or two) go rogue—instead of gifting you cash or something you personally picked, they'll buy you a fancy set of wine glasses you don't need or a cutting board that's just not your style.
Of course, if you had room in your home for every single gift, you'd keep them. But your registry exists for a reason, and you don't want your newlywed nest looking more like an episode of Hoarders. Here's what to do if you need to get some unwanted—but still appreciated!—gifts off your hands.
Return it if you can.
It's proper gifting etiquette to include any return information—whether it's a gift receipt or return instructions. Of course, sometimes things aren't returnable, or the return date has passed by the time you get around to opening your gifts (say, if you go on a little vacation called your honeymoon). Double-check the return policy for the store or retailer, or give them a call and explain your situation to see if anything can be done. If that doesn't work, you have other options.
Goodwill, Salvation Army, your local thrift shop—the opportunities are endless. Whether it's a salad bowl or picture frame, odds are, there's someone in need who will get way more use out of it than you ever will, and you can write it off on your taxes.
If you feel like making an extra buck or two—or just need motivation to finally get all of the unwanted tchotchkes out of your storage room—you can use websites like Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist to see who's in the market for a pastel toaster or fancy pair of tongs.
Regift it (carefully).
Emphasis on the word "carefully." We don't doubt you'll tediously keep track of whom your gifts are from (for your thank-you notes, of course), but you can't forget the importance of social circles. If you get a cheese platter from your sorority sister, don't regift it to your other mutual friend from college—you know, just in case they're together one night for some brie and wine and the truth comes out.