Hi there, Mr. and Mrs. 1500 doing another tag-team question this morning, asking if you think it is ever ok to give a used gift. We are talking about an obviously used item, not just regifting, which we have already discussed and given blessings to do so.
But first, let’s talk about your goals. Last week I asked about your goals for 2014, and shared some of mine, including our collective monthly challenges.
Done by Forty has five goals this year: buy a rental property, launch Personal Training for Your Pocketbook and get 8 clients, work out for 313 days of the year, lose 15 pounds, and to learn 3 songs on the guitar or keyboard. I was curious about that odd number 313. Turns out he gets one cheat day per week for the entire year. Makes sense! Good luck DbF!
Fast Weekly‘s goal is to have a have a healthy baby boy in March. (Looks like he got a Very Fast start on that goal!) Congratulations!
Zoe over at My UnhoardED Life also would like a baby and to learn guitar. I sense a trend…
theFIREstarter has these goals: Grow blog traffic and try to write some decent articles, save at least 50% of income, set up a proper financial independence plan, learn more about investing and taxes, learn more about environmental, social, economic and political issues, get fitter!
My advice to him was to check out both http://www.madfientist.com/ and Jim Collins over at http://jlcollinsnh.com/ for general investing information. theFIREstarter is from the UK, so not all the information from US-based Mad Fientist and Jim Collins will pertain, but they are great places to gather well-researched information about investing. (Hi, Mad FI! Hi Jim!)
Prudence Debtfree is trying to pay down her husband’s business debt. Last year she made a sizeable dent, bringing it down to $48,000 from $80,800! Wow! Let’s hear a huge congratulations for her!
Elroy from Moi and Money is ALSO having a baby. (Look for this trend to MISS the 1500’s house completely!) Congratulations Elroy and Mrs. Elroy!
So now on to this week’s question, Is it ever OK to give used gifts? Take it away, Mr. 1500!
A couple years ago, I was at the birthday party of a young nephew. Everyone brought gifts, but the one that my aunt and uncle brought was the most interesting. I watched as they pulled a tricycle out of their trunk and placed it next to the other gifts. I went over to take a look at it and it was clearly used. The tricycle was still in good shape, but had a couple scratches. My aunt saw me looking at it and explained that they had picked it up from a neighbor’s garage sale.
I looked it over and noticed that it was a very nice little machine. It was made in Germany and was very solidly built. My nephew would be able to get a lot of use from it and then pass it on to siblings or other family members. The thought that went through my head was this: I’d rather receive a high quality used gift like this than something disposable that would be broken in 3 months.
However, I wonder if my nephews parents would feel the same way. I did think it was a bit strange giving someone a used gift.
(Mrs. 1500 again) I went to a baby shower for a friend in Madison, WI, which is the hippie capital of the world. Everyone there uses cloth diapers, makes their own organic baby food, recycles everything and has a backyard compost bin. But when one of the ladies produced an almost unused baby outfit that was absolutely perfect for the new baby, and declared she found it at a garage sale, there was a silent, collective gasp at the audacity of bringing a used item as a gift. As I bought all my children’s clothes at garage sales, I didn’t think anything of this, but some of the other moms, who spent vast sums on their own children’s clothes very obviously felt this was a mistake.
But our whole reason for asking is this, we found a very nice, high-quality used bike for our oldest daughter. Her birthday is in a few weeks, and we want to get her a bike that fits, without spending a whole ton of money. Would you ever give a used gift?
So reader, what do you think?
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