If you’re feeling the need to purge before the onslaught of new things, donate your out-of-use goods to those in need. Outside of local charities—which watchdog Charity Navigator can help you find in your area—an organization like Habitat For Humanity offers a reputable place to give goods. Goodwill is another great alternative. The money its thrift stores make goes towards community programs like job training and classes for people who have disabilities or are otherwise challenged in finding traditional employment. But if you only have one or two things to donate, consider re-gifting the item. Years ago, it wasn’t all that cool to do, but according to etiquette expert Jacqueline Whitmore, it’s now universally accepted as long as the item is appropriate for the gift-getter and actually of value. “Just don’t re-gift a present among the same social circle,” she says. “That’s where you can get yourself in trouble.”
Speaking of re-gifting, take the idea of giving something not-new to the next level by shopping vintage, a smart solution for curbing holiday consumerism. Outside of rad local stores, there are plenty of used and vintage outlets online. Besides mainstays like eBay and Etsy, TheRealReal takes luxury consignment online while What Goes Around Comes Around offers thrilling (if not pricey) vintage fare. One Kings Lane has vintage housewares covered while 1stDibs is the destination for fairly affordable antiquity. For the tech fiend, brands like Apple and Canon or such outlets as Amazon Renewed offer trustworthy refurbished electronics.