Getting the Most Out of Christmas Presents


Here are a few ideas you may want to take after receiving such considerate gifts this year.  These thought are meant to help you get the most potential out of your gifts while showing due appreciation for what you have received.

Thank you’s

I am a big fan of thank you notes, but it’s not 100% necessary during Christmas since presents are exchanged on both ends and to many different people. However, it is still highly important to say thank you, both immediately when receiving the gift and later on. A simple text, phone call, or telling the giver face-to-face next time that you appreciated their thoughtfulness will go a long way in showing your gratitude.

Put Things in Order

I try to put all my gifts where they should go pretty soon after Christmas so they don’t just sit around not being used. I received a few things for my kitchen so I put them away in my kitchen, and I took the tags off any clothes (after trying them on) and put them away in my closet. These simple tasks will help you incorporate these gifts into your life quicker than just sitting in the box taking up space in  your living room.

If you happen to need to return anything, make a separate pile and return the items as quickly and conveniently as possible. Many times we push off this tedious chore and we miss the deadline to return an item.

Putting Clothes into Outfits

This is more important than you may think. When people say they don’t have “anything to wear”, what they really mean is they are tired of wearing it the same old way. We can easily become stuck in a rut where we think narrowly of what a clothing item goes with. For example, if I have a dress, I automatically reach for the same shoes, clutch, etc., that I normally wear with it because it comes naturally. I found myself doing this with clothing I would receive.  The first outfit I would wear a new item with would become that new items go-to outfit. Now when I receive an item, I try to think of several different ways that it can be incorporated into different types of outfits so that I don’t keep wearing it one way. It’s a great way to make the most of your closet and your new gifts.


2 Comments on Getting the Most Out of Christmas Presents

  1. Sarah
    December 28, 2014 at 2:47 pm (8 years ago)

    These are such helpful tips, especially about planning outfits for new clothes – I need to start doing that!

    Do you remember the name of the lip color are you wearing in this picture?

    • thedressdecoded
      December 28, 2014 at 5:28 pm (8 years ago)

      Thank you! Yes, it’s called “it girl” and it’s part of the colorstay suede line by Revlon. It’s very subtle but adds enough color, thanks for noticing it!


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