(NerdWallet) – Thrifting is hot, and Goodwill finds are cool again. But while we’re thrilled to find the perfect throwback tee for our own closet, gifting used goods still carries a stigma for some.
Secondhand gifts are better for your wallet, your community and the environment.
Neighborhood listservs, Facebook marketplace and Buy Nothing groups can also yield treasure, especially if there are children on your to-gift list. Kids age out of toys rather quickly (assuming they take to them at all), and you can often find like-new toys for a few dollars — or better yet, for free.
While toddlers will rarely scoff at a slightly scuffed toy, it’s best to show others on your gift list that you put some measure of thought into their gift. That is always the case but is especially true with pre-loved gifts.
“They need to really display that you had the person in mind — that you know them and love them and found something they’d truly appreciate,” Morris says. “If you can let that guide your decisions, you can find an incredible secondhand gift.”