It’s the holidays and many people likely participate in gift exchanges with friends and family. I think it’s wonderful to express that you care for and think of each other. Unfortunately, from time to time, we receive gifts that we don’t need or don’t suit our lifestyle. Instead of letting the item sit in your closet and gather dust, I advocate regifting.
This can make some people uncomfortable because they feel like they’re dishonoring the gifter’s kind gesture. I can definitely see where that comes from. However, recognize that the kind gesture isn’t in the gift itself. It really is the thought that counts. Of course, it would be best if the gift you receive is useful or something you were planning to buy for yourself. It doesn’t always work out that way and it’s okay. Here are the reasons why I’m all for regifting.
Regifting helps the environment. By finding a new home for an unwanted gift, you’re saving it from the landfill. It’s in our nature to throw away unwanted items, but regifting allows us to transfer the gift to someone who can use it. Regifting helps you save the environment and show a friend that you care. It’s win-win!
Most of us have received gifts in our lives that we simply don’t know what to do with and they just take up precious closet space. When hubby and I first started dating (and he didn’t know any better), he gave me a stuffed animal. It’s in the form of an octopus. I can say this now because he knows how I feel…I really hate that thing!
To this day it’s still sitting in the closet. Hubby got it for me after I made a passing remark about how cute sock monkeys are so I really appreciate him remembering what I said and acting on it. Unfortunately, I’m just not a stuffed animal kind of girl. When the day comes that I’m able to pass on the octo to someone who likes it, it’ll mean a less cluttered closet!
One of the biggest advantages for regifting is that it saves you money. Think about it, instead of spending money to buy a gift for someone, regifting means you can save the money you otherwise would have spent. It’s nice to find new homes for the gifts and be able to save money at the same time.
However, you shouldn’t regift random items just so that you don’t have to spend money. That’s just being cheap. I try to regift something that I would have bought for the person anyway or I know the person would like the item.
Dos and Don’ts of Regifting
Why I’m all for regifting, there are some general rules of thumb I like to follow to avoid embarrassment and drams.
DO Be Discrete
If you’re going to regift, do take care so that the recipient doesn’t know you’re doing it. Make sure to remove traces of old tape and wrapping paper. Having remnants of old wrapping paper is a dead giveaway that you’re regifting! If the person who originally gave you the gift included a card, be sure to remove it As stated above, I’m all for regifting but at least put some effort in the process so the person doesn’t know they’re getting your unwanted gift.
DO Be Thoughtful
Regifting works best when you’re able to match the gift to someone who needs it. It may be tempting to regift to the first person that comes to your mind but what’s the fun in that? It’s not nice to pass on your clutter simply because you don’t want it in your house.
Regifting wine glasses to someone who doesn’t drink alcohol might be a bit of a head-scratcher. But for someone’s who’s a wine connoisseur, the glasses would be perfect. We received a beautiful silver photo frame for our wedding that unfortunately wasn’t quite our style. We’re very simple people and prefer clean lines. The frame was extremely ornate and we’re also too lazy to polish silver. We regifted the frame to an aunt who adores silver and to this day still proudly displays the frame.
DON’T Regift Used or Personalized Items
Sometimes we get gifts that are super personalized. It may have an engraving of our name or it may have pictures of our kids and pets. You may not love those items but in this case, you’re just gonna have to suck it up. There’s just no tactful way to regift things that are so personalized so don’t do it!
DON’T Regift Within Your Social Circle
I think there are more people out there than we realize who regift. As I’ve explained, I think it’s a perfectly legitimate practice. However, that doesn’t mean people like to know about it. I don’t want to know that I’m getting a regifted item or that someone has regifted something I gave them.
A good way to avoid this is by not regifting within your social circle. Don’t regift something from your wedding to anyone else who attended your wedding. Don’t regift an item from one neighbor to another. Received an unwanted gift from a coworker? Don’t regift to another coworker! You get the idea. Following this tip will help you avoid all sorts of drama.
Are you a fan of regifting? Why or why not?