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    11 Clever Hacks For Anyone Who Got, Like, Any Gifts This Year

    When you use a gift, send a quick thank-you or picture to the person who gave it to you.

    The holiday season is winding down, which means you're probably facing its aftermath — new presents, discarded boxes and paper, and so many thank-yous to send.

    It's as overwhelming as it is joyful! To help you out, I sorted through some recent, super-helpful tips on the subreddit r/LifeProTips to find users' best advice for ending the gifting season the right way.

    1. Save the twist-ties when unboxing wired devices to organize the wires later.

    Those little twisties usually get sent straight into the garbage, but instead of creating that immediate waste, save them to use as a cheap zip-tie alternative.


    2. When you use a gift, send a quick thank-you or picture to the person who gave it to you.

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    It will make their day to know you're already getting use out of it.


    3. And when you get a new product or gift, immediately take a photo of it, so that if/when it needs repairs, you'll know what it originally looked like.

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    This is especially helpful for things like shoes and their shoe lace color, or the style of a button on a jacket.


    4. Save all of the leftover boxes your gifts came in and use them as an alternative to trash bags for non-wet or sealed trash.

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    It could help reduce plastic waste and help you save money on trash bags.


    5. For any gift certificates you got, create a location-based reminder on your phone that will alert you when you go to that store, helping you use the gift card at that time.

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    Don't waste that gift card money!


    6. Take pictures of the front and back of them. That way if you lose them, you can still use them for purchases online.

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    7. If your gift cards are about to expire, you can try to use them to buy new gift cards.

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    Some online stores and states will let you do it, but check the policies when you get the cards, just in case.


    8. And after you use it, let whoever gave it to you know what you spent it on.

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    "I’ve found people really appreciate you taking the time to let them know how you treated yourself."


    9. If you get some non-stick cookware, don't ruin the coating by using too high of a heat setting.

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    10. If you received an expensive gift (electronics, cameras, etc.), keep the boxes, packets, and receipts.

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    "This cannot be stressed enough. If anything is wrong or breaks you will have a much easier time getting it replaced or fixed."


    11. And don't leave your major or expensive gift packaging out on the street for trash pickup.

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    "With some of us getting high dollar value gifts (TVs, consoles, appliances, etc.), do not leave those boxes out on the street for trash pickup unless it's the same day. You are essentially making it easy for burglars in your area to case your house without having to do any effort. Keep the boxes in the garage and bring out the day of trash pickup or take them to your city's recycling points for disposal."


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