At Christmas, you're always likely to get a gift that you might not instantly like. I like to show gratitude for all of the presents I'm given as someone has put thought and effort into it and they've spent their money on me, even if the present is something I never would have picked out for myself.
I think it's a real waste if a present just gets shoved to the back of a junk drawer or slung in a boot fair sack, but usually it's not appropriate to tell someone you don't like their present or to ask for the receipt! Even if you know them really well, they're likely to be upset that you didn't like the present. My Mum has a habit of asking to exchange presents I get for her, and I do find it really insulting!
So where possible, I try to think of a way to make the present work for me or get some use out of it rather than leaving it unloved and gathering dust. This year, one of the presents I got which I probably wouldn't use as intended, was this pink butterfly shaped chocolate mould. At first I thought it was an ice cube tray, but the holes are smaller than you would normally have for ice cubes. I'm unlikely to get around to making butterfly shaped chocolate, but I could see much more potential...
The size and shape of the tray and the holes makes it perfect as an earring holder and organiser! I often don't wear earrings every day because I have trouble finding the pair I'm looking for or two earrings that match, so this gave me motivation to sort most of my earrings out too. I was able to get more than one pair of earrings in each butterfly hole for smaller earrings, and some of the larger ones took up a whole space.
I'm so happy with how this turned out, I'd be interested in getting another one. It's actually a really great Christmas present!
Did you get any odd Christmas presents that you didn't really like and have you found any alternative uses for them?