Planning to Return Some Holiday Gifts?

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Now that the New Year is here, you’re probably looking at your holiday gifts and deciding what you want to keep and what you want to return. It’s not necessarily that you didn’t like a certain gift, but perhaps it was the wrong size or the wrong color, or it’s not compatible with a device that you already own. The gift-giver was kind enough to include the gift receipt, and you plan on using it to return some gifts and find something that fits.

At EZ Storage® in Detroit, we understand the desire to return holiday gifts, but we also know that you may feel that you should hold onto certain gifts for awhile, just to see if you do end up using or wearing them. You may also be going back and forth on a specific item, and you feel that you should just put it away for a period of time, and come back to it. If that’s the case, then self-storage could be the perfect option for you. If you have gifts that you’re not going to return, but that you’re not going to use right away, then let one of our metro-area storage centers help you find a suitable space.


Moving Some Old Items Out of the Way

Some gifts that you get for the holidays are intended to replace an older item that you already own. Perhaps you got some new tools or a new appliance, and you have no intention of returning them. However, you do need to make some space in the garage or kitchen for these items, which means you’ll have to move some old items out of the way. If you’re planning to box up some old tools, or you have a stove that you need to store until you sell or donate it, then self-storage can be the way to go. You can keep your older items safe and sound, while you put your new gifts to good use.

Missing the Return Window

Some holiday gifts have a 30- to 60-day window where you can return them to the store where they were purchased. You can get store credit for these items (since you weren’t the one who originally bought the item), which you can then put to use when buying a new item for yourself. However, if you miss that gift return window, then you could be stuck with the gift for the foreseeable future. You can always sell or donate the gifts, but if you want to hold onto certain items, then putting them in storage makes perfect sense. There’s no reason for the items to take up space in your house, and you can store them until you have a garage or yard sale in the spring.

How Long Should You Keep Gifts?

dreamstime_xxl_34266168This question is one that’s asked all the time, and it can be tough to answer. If you received a gift that you don’t want or that you can’t use, how long should you keep it? If you can return or exchange the item, then it can make the most sense to do so. It is often courteous, however, to let the gift-giver know that you’ve returned or exchanged the gift. If you’re afraid of hurting someone’s feelings, then you can hold onto the gift for a few months, and then see if you can find a use for it. Putting it in storage will keep it out of the way, but it will still be accessible, should you discover that you need or want it. This is especially true of seasonal gifts such as summer sports gear and outdoor items. As for how long you should keep something, the easiest answer is often however long you find that you can use it!

Find Storage Today

If you’re returning some gifts this month, then we hope that everything goes smoothly. If you’re holding onto some items for the next few months, then let EZ Storage® help you find the right unit today. With eight self-storage locations across the Detroit area, you can find a space that’s close to home, and you can store those gifts until you decide what you’re going to do with them.

We look forward to meeting you!