To regift or not to regift?

by | December 26, 2005 12:00 am

Regifting is giving someone a gift that was given to you that you don’t want or can’t use. To some people, this practice is tacky and somehow lacks the spirit of gift giving. To others, regifting is saving the feelings of the person that gave you the gift and giving someone else something that they enjoy.

If you have ever given a gift that you have received to someone else, you are a regifter. Many people believe that regifting is an acceptable practice as long as the gift is in new condition and appropriate for the person receiving the gift. If you are a regifter, there are a few rules of etiquette to remember:

 Do not tell the person that it was a gift you did not want; you don’t want to hurt their feelings.

 Always make sure that the gift is in its original box and in new condition. If you have taken the item out of the box, tried it and didn’t like it, it is no longer in new condition.

 Don’t rewrap the gift in the same wrapping that you received it in; that’s just cheap.

 Only regift an item that the person will like. Just because it is a regift doesn’t mean you shouldn’t put any thought into it.

 Make sure that the person you are giving the gift to doesn’t know the person you received the gift from. That might be embarrassing later.

 Avoid all old gift tags, monograms, and easily recognizable items, like a one-of-a-kind gift.

Regifting can be considerate. After all, you are passing along a gift that someone put a lot of time and thought into before giving it to you. But if you don’t want or need it, why not give it to someone who can put it to good use?

Often, regifters pass along gifts because they’ve received a duplicate gift. Many regifters put more thought into a regift than if they were to go to the store and buy a new one. The whole reason for gift giving is to show your love and respect for someone, not to get rid of something you don’t want. Whether you are giving a new gift or regifting, put thought into the gift.

Remember: if you don’t want your gift to end up as a regift, be sure you spend time finding the right gift for everyone on your list. If you do regift, be sure to take everyone’s feelings into consideration and exercise caution. Don’t regift the person who gifted you. A friend recommended a collection of womens watches online, she told me they were never passed around as regifts because everyone loved them so much! They would always be used, she’d tell me.

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