Normally, regifting is something of a shady business. It is considered tacky and rude to give away someone’s hard earned money and time. However, keeping stuff in one’s house that is not needed or used is considered a burden to the recipient, especially with so many of us trying to cut down on “stuff”. I call it a shady business because you end up having to be a bit sneaky with when, how, and who to regift to. We have come up with some regifting guidelines to help aid in this process.
To give a gift one has received to someone else. -Merriam Webster-
1. Make sure you do not “regift” to the original gifter. Talk about rude, tacky, and now awkward!
2. When regifting an item ensure that it’s something the recipient would actually use. Example: You would not want to regift a blinged up cell phone case to a business man (I am looking at you mom!).
3. Make sure the gift is not broken, used, or just plain worn out. This makes you look bad and uncaring. Example: Your nephew or niece wants a cell phone so you give them the one you dropped and shattered the screen.
4. Make sure the original gifter is not a frequent house guest! If so, you may want to have a gentle conversation about how you found someone who could use it more or even tell the truth. It may be considered rude or even mean, but you don’t want this haunting you or your friend forever.
5. Regift items in a different circle than the one it was received in.
6. Make sure the gift is re-wrapped!
Pouring over internet content, regarding opinions of regifting, there is no actual standard on whether or not regifting is something that is allowed. Ultimately the choice is up you if it is something you think is improper. There are some options on how regifting can take place.
If you received the item at a family Christmas why not use it for a “white elephant/tied and dyed/ dirty santa” party at the office or vice versa.
Regifting May Have Its Biggest Year Ever
Due to the pandemic and social distancing/self-quarantining regifting may have its biggest year ever. Using the above guidelines hopefully we can all keep ourselves out of embarrassing situations that can come along with regifting. Here’s hoping that your regifts become blessings to others instead of burdens!