Christmas is fast approaching, which means it’s time for Christmas shopping and exchanging gits. Chances are, most of us will receive a gift or two that we either don’t want or don’t need. So what do you do with that gift? Do you add it to the clutter in your closet where it will never be used, do you donate it to a charitiable organization, or do you regift it? I’m sure that in today’s difficult economy, more people will consider regifting items as a way to save money.
Is regifting tacky or resourceful?
I know there are many people out there who believe that regifting is tacky and should never be done under any circumstances. But, I’m a frugal person by nature, and I want things to be used instead of wasted. Personally, I have no problem regifting something or receiving a regifted present – as long as it is done well.
Rules for Regifting
If you are going to regift something, you should follow these simple rules:
- If you wouldn’t want to receive the item (or something comparable) as a regifted item, do not regift it.
- Only regift items in new condition and good working order.
- Remove the old gift tag and make a new one. Don’t get busted by leaving the original gift tag in place!
- Regift it outside your normal circle of friends and family. For example, don’t regift the wineglasses you received at your wedding to people who were actually at your wedding!
- Regift items you know the other person will use or appreciate. For example, you receive an extra copy of a book you think someone will like, you receive a gift card to a store you don’t shop at, or a bottle of wine when you won’t drink, etc.
- Do not regift items that are personalized to you or are handmade.
- Give it as a white elephant gift. Regifting is the point if white elephant giving anyways!
- Be honest about it. Something like “I received this and thought it was more your style,” may be all you need to smooth it over.
- Turn it into a game. Receive an unwanted gift, hand it back next year, repeat. The ultimate story in regifting took place between two brothers-in-law in Minnesota. It started when one man received a pair of moleskin pants, gave them to his brother-in-law and they began exchanging it between each other, eventually trying to one up each other in terms of creativity. The regifting escalated from giving wrapped pants in a box, to wrapping them in a 1 inch pipe, all the way to encasing them in concrete, putting them in the glove box of a car – then crushing the car and delivering it to the other person’s front porch, to putting them inside a concrete filled tank. You can read the full story here: The Moleskin Pants Story.
Your thoughts about regifting?
So what do you think about regifting? Good, bad, ugly? Any other regifting rules I missed?