Most of your aunts, uncles, cousins, and other relatives likely know you as the tech guy or gal in the family. So when it comes time to buy you a gift, they naturally default to your hobbies and try to find something they think you’ll enjoy. But as many of us know, even the best intentions don’t always result in the best gadget gift. So what should you do? Gizmodo has a few suggestions:
1. Grin and Bear it
The polite thing to do when you get a gift that you want nothing to do with is to smile, thank the person who gave it to you, then toss the crappy gadget in the back of your closet forever. This essentially forfeits the gift to uselessness in the name of manners, which is nice, I guess.
If you still want to get some value out of your crappy gift, simply give it to someone else. Then they'll have to figure out some way to make an electronic thesaurus useful, and you won't have to spend the money on another present. It's the circle of life.
3. Return it
If the person who gave you your gift won't be offended, you can always just ask for the receipt and then go swap it out for something you actually want. On the upside, they'll learn that you don't like gifts like that, but on the downside, you'll probably hurt their feelings.
If you're too polite to ask for the receipt but still want to turn your crappy gift into cash, eBay is the way to go. Just make sure you take nice looking pictures and put some time into making the listing look good, as that's as important as anything when it comes to getting a good price for your crappy gadget.
For the rest of Gizmodo's list, be sure to check out the full story right here.