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Recycle... gifts?

kayal cox
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I was wondering, is it so very bad to recycle gifts received?

We had a housewarming party some time ago, and now we are stuck with boxes and boxes of crockery, clocks etc, that came to us without a gift receipt. They are indeed nice gifts, ones that we might have used if not for the fact that we already have so much stuff...

Is it really awful if we gift these away to our friends?
Bear Bibeault
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I don't think so. It certainly seems a wasteful shame to let it sit in a closet, unused. But if your group of friends is close, someone might get their feelings hurt if they see a gift they bought for you in someone else's house.

When I receive a redundant gift, I usually donate it to charity in the name of the giver.
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Sania Marsh
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Funny I came across this as soon as I thought of giving away a watch I got as a gift ..

It is a pair of swiss-made watches (male/female) that come in a beautiful polished wooden box on a little microfiber pillow with bunch of documents and certificates... I got it as a gift from friend, but niether I nor my husband wear watches. and it's a shame such a great gift is just sitting in my closet for almost a year, I never even tried it on.. If I think of a value of this, it must be not less than $400. I'm thinking to renew the battery and give it to my aunt and her husband. I know she does wear watches and probably would love it.
But I have same concern as you do..
Paul Bourdeaux
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I agree with Bear... we tend to donate gifts that we don't need to charity. As far as the watch, I would get it appraised first. Watches make great keepsakes... and good ones tend to appreciate in value. This could be an excellent thing to pass on to future generations of your family...


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Sania Marsh
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Originally posted by Paul Bourdeaux:
As far as the watch, I would get it appraised first.


Where in US I can appraise things?

Now that you told this.. I remembered bunch of golden jewelry I got as gifts from arab countries. It is so heavy, I cannot vear it (earrings and bangles). I'm keeping them, but few times thought to sell and buy the ones I could wear. People who know gold say these peices are extremely expensive as they seem to be either 22 or 24 karat gold, but I thought I better get them appraised by experts.
Sania Marsh
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Sorry, didn't mean to hijack the thread..

But I few times found out that gifts given to me were "recycled". And I honestly didn't get updet (maybe just a little) as those items were really nice and I could use them. Also between my closest realtives, it is pertty common that someone comes and says something like :"I got this coffeemaker as a gift, but I already have one and I know you need one, so I'm giving it to you" and that is fine even if they add " as christmas gift" to that
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Paul Bourdeaux
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Look in the yellow pages under Appraisal Services. There will be many near any city.

As far as the gold... make sure you are clear with the appraiser about where you obtained the gold. The law differs among countries about how to grade gold. Many times jewelery from the Arab states is not marked with its carat weight, and must be chemically tested to determine true quality. Depending on the age, origin, and condition of the jewelery, an appraiser may or may not recommend chemical testing.
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Sania, can I have your friends? Great gifts.

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Sania Marsh
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Originally posted by Mark Spritzler:
Sania, can I have your friends? Great gifts.

Mark


Here is suggestion - marry a guy who has lot of arab friends. They treat wifes of close friends as their own sisters
Roger Johnson
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wow, thanks for the information. even i are not interested in gold at all. i remember read somewhere that gold will graduatly lose its value, becoming just another kind of metal. i would rather spend that money on house or car or something else.




Originally posted by Paul Bourdeaux:
As far as the gold... make sure you are clear with the appraiser about where you obtained the gold. The law differs among countries about how to grade gold. Many times jewelery from the Arab states is not marked with its carat weight, and must be chemically tested to determine true quality. Depending on the age, origin, and condition of the jewelery, an appraiser may or may not recommend chemical testing.
Dave Lenton
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Originally posted by Roger Johnson:
wow, thanks for the information. even i are not interested in gold at all. i remember read somewhere that gold will graduatly lose its value, becoming just another kind of metal. i would rather spend that money on house or car or something else.


I would have thought that the opposite applies. Gold is valuable because it is rare, and does not decrease in quality. Some of the old gold jewellery dug up in the UK is thousands of years old, but is still as good a quality as modern gold jewellery. I guess the item of jewellery could loose value if it was made to a particular style (type of ring etc) which has gone out of fashion, or if large deposits of gold are found somewhere.
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Sania Marsh
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I would agree with the post above regarding gold..

I have seen almost everything loose it's value (take USSR as example).

metals and stones can be moved abroad and still be valuable. It is more likely that tomorrow a hurricane leaves you with no house or car, than gold will loose its value.
 
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