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
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