The Rules of Regifting

by Justin Weinger on December 26, 2006

With the holiday season having mostly come and gone and after nearly every gift has been exchanged, there’s really only one thing left to take care of: what in the world are you going to do with all the gifts that you don’t like/have no use for?

Thankfully, MSN Money columnist MP Dunleavey has come up with a list of 12 rules for regifting.  Hopefully, some of her pointers will help remove some of the embarrassment and stigma surrounding the art of regifting.  Here are some of the finer points:

  • Re-wrap the gift.  Nothing makes a regift more obvious than leaving the original tag in the gift bag or, heaven forbid, on the original wrapping paper.  If you’re going to regift, use the time you’ve saved by not shopping to re-wrap the gift.
  • Remember who gave you the gift initially.  I take back what I said for the first point; nothing makes a regift more obvious than regifting to the person who originally gave you the gift.  Also, try not to regift if the initial giver is going to be anywhere near the latest gift exchange.
  • If you’ve already used it, you can’t regift it.  Regifting something you’ve already used, even if it’s just once, is pretty tacky.  If you’ve used it, it’s yours.  If you haven’t, feel free to pass it along.

For Dunleavey’s complete list please click here.

If you feel like regifting after the holidays, but feel that giving the newly received item as a gift to someone else is “below you,” here are some other ways to declutter:

  • Just offer it.  If you got some candles from Grandma and you know you’re not going to use them, why not just offer them to one of your friends that happens to love candles.  It doesn’t even have to be a special occasion; you can even let them know you’re trying to pass your junk off to them.
  • Donate it.  There are plenty of good causes that will accept donations of pretty much anything.  Get a bunch of items together, give the charity a call and offer to give them the goodies for free.
  • Sell it.  Keep the items around for your next yard sale or put them up on eBay.

No matter which path you choose, it’s pretty easy to get rid of your unwanted holiday gifts and keep them from cluttering your house.

And, you know what they say; one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!


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