The holidays have come and gone for yet another year. So, now what happens to the gift that everybody, at one time or another, has received that they don't want? Do the gifts get shoved into the back of a closet or cabinet, or shoved under the bed? How about that atrocious sweater that aunt so-and so-bought that no one would ever dare wear in public, or the bell bottom jeans that someone bought that are way out of style for today's teenager? Some may want to hang onto these gifts so as to not hurt anyone's feelings, and that is perfectly fine. Others may have no idea what to do with them. To avoid these kinds of situations in the future, here are a few tips. 1. Never buy clothes for teenagers. Buy them a gift card to their favorite department store. Take them shopping and let them pick out clothes that suit them, with parental approval. 2. Stick to gifts that have nothing to do with shape or size, such as books, CDs or video games. 3. Keep the receipts for everything, just in case an exchange or refund is necessary. 4. Set a budget for each person who is to receive a gift. Buy thoughtful gifts, things which that person will definitely enjoy or use. 5. When a person is asked what they want for Christmas, that person should be honest and speak up for what he or she really wants. For example, when asked what I want I say, "books!" So, I usually get a few books for every holiday. I love it. 6. If aunt so-and-so buys an atrocious sweater, just hang on to it. It will absolutely make her day to see it being worn at least once a year. Believe me, it could be worse. Trying these few tips just might cut down on having to store things that just aren't needed or wanted. That will save money and storage space needed to store other things not in use at this time. Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and looking forward to a bright new year! (Have a question? Email michellerhodes72@gmail.com)