Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Saving the "White Elephants"

Did you have a good holiday? Did you receive some nice gifts? I’ll bet you got a few clunkers. Those are the gifts, like Great-Aunt Matilda’s polka-dotted knitted shawl, that you know you will never use. It’s hard just to say thank you for them!

Why not get your friends together for a "White Elephant" gift exchange? Have everyone bring their unwanted gifts and place them on a table. Put a small sheet of paper next to each one and let everyone bid on the items. The highest bid wins, with the proceeds going to a charity of your choice. Any remaining items can be taken to a second-hand store or a donation center like the Salvation Army or Goodwill.

Hopefully, you will walk away with a new gift that you really want, with the satisfaction of knowing that you saved an item from the trash. Remember, reusing things is always in style!

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