IFB Poll: Is It Tacky To Host A Blog Giveaway of Unwanted Holiday Gifts?
By: Taylor Davies

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If you celebrate it, we hope you had a wonderful and relaxing Christmas holiday – or are otherwise spending quality time with friends and loved ones and counting down until 2013. This is a time of year when we dote on the ones we care about with presents and gifts, and hopefully have been doted on yourself.

Just because someone likes you enough to get you a gift (or drew your name in a Secret Santa pool), doesn’t always mean they get you. Sometimes, after the holidays come and go, you’re left with some things you might not necessarily want or need.

When it comes to an unwanted holiday gift, is it alright to give it away on your blog? After all, your readers might love this thing, and to be able to give it to someone who will love it, that’s not a bad thing, right? But — is it in poor taste, to drive traffic with a giveaway, thanks to the generosity of those you know?

We won’t decide for you, but ask you to vote in our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.

Is it appropriate to give away unwanted holiday gifts on your blog?

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  1. Profile photo of http://xtineloves.blogspot.co.uk/

    I think it is.. also quite rude.. but that is just my opinion.
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  2. Profile photo of Rhythm and Ruffle

    I don’t think so. What’s the saying again? One bloggers knock off is another bloggers “who’s to know”. ;)

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  3. I would use caution, because your readers might assume that you support a product if you are giving it away.

  4. Profile photo of Becky Bedbug
    Becky Bedbug says:

    It depends what it is.

    If it’s something really nice, and you’re upfront about the reason behind it, making it clear that you’re not necessarily endorsing the product and you’re not using it to gain followers, then sure.


  5. Profile photo of Joey
    Joey says:

    I don’t think it’s tacky, unless you’re giving the items away because they’re faulty or ‘bad’ rather than just not to your taste. You’re getting use out of the items, and someone else is going to be happy with them, so why not?

    http://toopoorforrealleather.blogspot.co.uk/ (((:

  6. Rachel says:

    I’ve put that it is tacky, but there should be some exceptions. Like, if someone gives you a really popular gift you already own for example? I think giving away a spare Clarasonic would be better than sticking it on eBay.

  7. Angie B says:

    Why not ? A gift has “value” ONLY when we put it to use.
    Giving something we appreciate… Makes the whole ” giving” gesture more meaningful !!!

  8. Profile photo of Monica Joseph

    I don’t think so, only if the item is in good condition and has value. I would love it if someone gave away a Birkin they didn’t want anymore. ;)


  9. Profile photo of Hope Howland
    Hope Howland says:

    No way… especially when some of your most loyal followers can be family!

  10. It’s good to give but what if someone who gifted you knows it?
    Let’s call it generosity being jeopardized…

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  11. I don’t think there would be an unwanted present I could consider for a giveaway!
    But if there’s something of good quality you genuinely think your readers might want – then I think It’s acceptable… though I wouldn’t go telling your readers their getting the left overs of your Christmas presents!
    I’ve got a ton of left over chocolate – chocolate giveaway anyone? Somehow I don’t think that would work very well…
    Grace X

  12. Profile photo of Cassaela
    Cassaela says:

    Everything should be put to good use. One man’s rubbish is another man’s treasure. Or something like that.

  13. va says:

    <i don't think it's bad you could just say that the truth that you have no use for them and of course you will have lots of followers who will want to enter because if they are interested in the products and they aren't used then I think it's ok .

  14. Profile photo of Kholá
    Kholá says:

    Well, maybe *somebody* can use them.


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