What would you do?

Got a prob­lem? Let that’s life! read­ers help! Here’s what they had to say about this week’s dilemma

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Hand them back

Just swap names on gifts and give straight back. Ob­vi­ously if they bought it for you it must be some­thing they would like. Give it straight back. Job done.

Amy Cur­tis, Parafield Gar­dens, SA

Start the con­ver­sa­tion

Maybe send out a fam­ily text or What­sApp con­ver­sa­tion and dis­cuss it. Put it out there that you’d like to shake things up a bit this year. Other­wise, don’t buy pressies and don’t ac­cept any on the day. Say, ‘Thanks but we’re not par­tic­i­pat­ing in the grown-ups gifts, just the kids.’

Tammy Clark, Da­lyellup, WA

Give an ex­pe­ri­ence

If they don’t want to stop giv­ing gifts, maybe sug­gest vouch­ers for a day out in­stead. Passes for the zoo, movies, wa­ter park... what­ever is avail­able in your area. They still get to give a gift and you don’t have to try and find a spot to keep a heap of new things.

Tenelle Byrne, Townsville, Qld

Pass the presents on

Some peo­ple like giv­ing presents, it gives them joy to ex­press them­selves that way. Maybe you should just be grate­ful and kind, then give your present to the needy if you don’t like it.

Co­ralie Mitchell, Wellard, WA

Make a do­na­tion

Sug­gest they make a con­tri­bu­tion to a char­ity you sup­port in­stead of giv­ing you some­thing. You can re­cip­ro­cate by giv­ing to their favourite char­ity.

Jane Ma­gen­heim, via Face­book

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