It’s getting close to that time of year again, the time when you spend your hard-earned money on gifts for others while receiving a bunch of gifts you don’t want nor need. Do these unwanted gifts you get find a permanent home in your attic or in the garbage? Hopefully neither, because there is another better option: find a better home for that unwanted gift.
To regift, according to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, is to give someone a gift that was previously received from someone else. The act of regifting, first popularized on a Seinfeld episode, is taboo to many. But re-gifting should not be frowned upon – as long as you do it right. Here are the 6 rules of re-gifting.
1. Keep Track
There’s nothing wrong with regifting so long as the person you give the gift to isn’t the same person who gave you the gift in the first place. Talk about awkward. After the holiday season is over, store your unwanted presents in a closet. Keep track of who you gave you what present by leaving a sticky note along with every present.
2. Different Circles
You have a circle of friends, relatives and co-workers. Do not regift within a circle. You wouldn’t want your co-worker thanking you for the wonderful present they received from you in front of the co-worker who gave you that gift in the first place.
3. Gift Cards
Gift cards are perfect for regifting. If you get a $25 Starbucks gift card or one for Target or iTunes and you do not want them, give them to someone else who will use them. But of course do not re-gift a gift card that is partially used. There’s nothing worse than receiving a gift card with $22.61 on it. If the gift card is a bit dirty or rugged-looking, you can get a brand new gift card by going to the store and asking for one. They’ll just load a new gift card with the same amount as the old one. Now that gift card is ready to be re-gifted.
4. Make It Look New
You don’t want your gift to look like it’s regifted. So remove any of the original wrapping paper that might have gotten stuck to the gift. If there’s a personal card in there, make sure to get rid of it before you re-gift it. Re-wrap the present and make it look brand new. Include a card too while you’re at it since you’re saving money by not having to buy them a gift.
Got a present you didn’t like? Instead of letting it collect dust, donate it to charity. There are many who are less fortunate than you in this world. While you may not appreciate the gift you received, someone else in need most definitely will.
6. Don’t Feel Guilty
When regifting, there’s no reason to feel guilty about it. The person on the receiving end is going to get a free present, after all.