The Season of Lights is upon us. Most of us would prefer to spend these next two weeks joyfully basking in the glow of holiday lights. Truth is, we’ll be spending these days of waning daylight herding to our local mega mall or big box retail outlet in search of perfect gifts. The only lights we’ll see is the glow of traffic break lights.

Even an avid Goodwill shopper like me understands the desire to give gifts that are, “new.”  There’s something special about breaking a seal or snipping off a price tag that makes us feel like the item was purchased with only us in mind.

Lucky for us, this is the perfect time to search for incredible deals at Goodwill for “New With Tags”(NWT) and “New In Box” (NIB) gifts.

DC Goodwill Retail Stores are helping us break from the herd by selling a variety of NWT and NIB gifts for the people we think about this time of year. Here’s one great find, a robe, for about 1/3 the retail price.

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These are just a few of the other great gifts I found at the Annandale Goodwill Retail Store  (which we’re visiting on our next Meetup!).

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Just right for that not-so-little brother that needs a dress shirt for his new job search.

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A fabulous Dana Buchman dress for the curvy fashionista in your life.


A mini coffeemaker – your solution to the office Secret Santa dilemma.

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Ralph Lauren, baby!

Your favorite aunt will love this southwest inspired designer wrap.

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Bright white NWT Keds!

Who wouldn’t love a pair of fresh kicks?


And for the little ones, a few new plush friends.

Keep a few things in mind when shopping for NWT/NIB at Goodwill

  • You’ll find lots of NWT items on the store’s “Boutique” racks,
  • Even if an item is NWT be sure to test all of the zippers, check for buttons, and try all closures, and
  • Don’t overlook the great items that are NWOT (New Without Tags).

Remember, when you buy a gift from Goodwill this season you are giving more than a holiday gift. You’re helping to transform lives and communities through the power of education and employment all year long.

Danielle Nkojo has been the go-to source for family and friends looking to save money and decrease their environmental footprint by purchasing previously owned clothing and household items. She started Perfectly Good (an online resale and reuse community) to express her passion for promoting the recycling, reuse and sharing economies. Danielle blogs at and tweets @perfectlygd.