I don't use desk calendars. I used to, though. Back when I was a working girl and had a working girl desk, the desk calendar was a handy tool for me to communicate with coworkers who would stop by my cubicle and find it vacant. They could look at my desk calendar and possibly get an idea of where I was. If there was no appointment showing on the desk calendar, it was safe to assume that I was in the break room / in the restroom / in a lab / bumming the halls / saw them coming and ducked out to purposely avoid them.
I am not anti-desk calendar. I just don't have a use for one as I consider clear space on my desk a higher priority. I haven't had a working girl desk in nearly 15 years, but the calendars keep coming. I just can't bring myself to turn them off. So I open them, I thank the stepmother-in-law, I put them in the goodwill box.
Let me just say that I have no qualms whatsoever about putting unwanted gifts in the goodwill box. I am a chronic non-hoarder. Really, decluttering is one of my favorite hobbies.
And I suppose that putting a brand new desk calendar (every year) into the goodwill box counts as "regifting". Like the other stuff I put into the box, I envision it going to someone who really loves desk calendars and can't believe their good fortune at finding a brand new one, still in the box, still in the shrinkwrap even!
So Mr./Mrs. desk calendar lover, whoever you are. Enjoy "Gardens East and West". Merry Christmas.
For today's NaBloPoMo: What is more uncomfortable - regifting or returning a gift?