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The festive season is finally here, which means that it’s time to start thinking about your special Christmas wish list. There may be many things that you want this year and, so long as you’ve been good, you might get them! However, there’s always the chance that someone will misjudge your tastes or get your gift wrong. It’s a tricky social situation.

Here’s just about everything you need to know about what to do next:

How to deal with unwanted gifts

The big day has finally come around and you’ve ripped off the wrapping paper… only to find a gift that you don’t want or can’t use. While the gift-giver likely had the best of intentions, there’s something not quite right about what they’ve got you.

If you’ve been given a bra as an unwanted present, it can be quite the conundrum. The last thing you want is to hurt the person’s feelings, but you can’t use something that doesn’t fit.

So, what should you do next? Well, you have a couple of options here. Either you can return the bra to the store from which it was bought. Failing that, though, you may also want to donate the bra to a needy cause or a charity.

Doing so is a great way to make sure that someone out there gets to use your gift and it doesn’t just stay in your bottom drawer.

Related: When Is The Best Time Of The Year To Buy Lingerie?

How to return a bra

If you haven’t worn the bra, you may be able to return it. Make sure that you adhere to the rules and that you have the original invoice for the purchase. Now, this may be a little awkward since the bra itself was a gift from someone.

The smartest (and easiest!) way to deal with this problem is to tell the person the truth. If the bra is the wrong size or you simply don’t like the design, you should be as honest as possible about it.

The person bought you the bra because they wanted you to have something special. That means that they should understand. Choosing clothes for other people can be tricky, especially if you’re not 100% clear on their size or style. That’s perfectly okay.

Make it clear that you appreciate their efforts but that you’d like to switch the bra for some lingerie that suits you better. When you have the invoice, you may be able to exchange the bra online or at a boutique store, depending on where it was originally purchased and the store’s return policy.

How to donate your bra

Of course, in some situations, you won’t be able to get the invoice. For example, if you don’t know the person all that well, you might find it awkward to ask them. Alternately, you may find that the person no longer has the invoice.

In that case, you won’t be able to return the item. However, that doesn’t mean that the bra should not be left unused. One of the best things you can do is donate your old bras so that they go to a worthy cause.

Luckily, there are many places where you can donate your bras and it doesn’t take all that much time to get it right. Whether you want to send them to a charity, a store, or a local shelter, making sure that any unwanted lingerie you have doesn’t go to waste is one of the kindest and most eco-friendly things you can do.

Take a little time to investigate your options and see what you can do. It goes without saying that before you donate any of your stuff, you will need to read the guidelines of the establishment. Give it a go!

Related: Why You Should Buy Lingerie For Yourself This Holiday Season

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Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!

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Charlotte Grainger

Charlotte Grainger is a freelance writer and digital journalist. Her main areas of interest are health, lifestyle, and relationships. When she’s not writing, she loves reading, gymming, and socializing.

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