In the past, regifting was seen as tacky, careless, and shameful. However, a national survey conducted by Bookoo.com found that today, 92 percent of people find regifting completely acceptable.
The 2012 Holiday Regifting Survey also found that 87 percent believe that they have received a regifted item and that 62 percent plan to regift an item this holiday season.
Regifting is a great way to save money and declutter your space. It is also a very green way to celebrate the holiday season. If you are not going to use an item, why not gift it to someone who will?
In celebration of National Regifting Day (12/20/2012), let’s explore some of the best regifting tactics.
- Only regift an item if you feel that the person you are giving it to will truly enjoy and use it. Do not simply regift because you have the item laying around. Remember, it’s the thought that counts.
- This goes without saying, do not regift within the same social circles. For example, if your grandmother gave you a scarf you do not need, do not give it your cousin at a family gathering your grandmother will be attending. Keep track of where your gifts came from and who you are passing them along to.
- Rewrap the gift, regardless if the original wrapping is still intact. When you rewrap a gift, you are more likely to find a personalized card or tag attached to the gift. You’ll want to remove that.
- Only regift an item if it is brand new and in pristine condition.
Bottles of wine, champagne, and chocolates make for great regifts; monogrammed and personalized items do not. Regifting should be as thoughtful as regular gifting. Before regifting this holiday season, consider the recipient and what you are giving. If you can’t find a good match to for your unwanted item, consider donating it to charity.
Have you ever regifted an item? Have you received a regifted item? Will you regift this holiday season?