Do the Unthinkable: Regift!

And hey, do it proudly!



I give you permission to give yourself permission. If your daughter gave your husband a marvelous Cuisinart ice-cream maker for his birthday a year ago, and he’s never used it, you should just wrap it up and give it to someone who will appreciate it – maybe even to your daughter!

Chances are she gave it to him not because he wanted it (if he had, he’d have used it), but because she wanted it. Chances are it’s driving her crazy that he’s never used it.

Sound crazy? Maybe - but try it, you'll like it! It will save you money, and the gifts will be appreciated just as much as brand-new ones.

Can't bring yourself to regift? OK, then give those unused presents to Goodwill, or to your local social services agency, and do it today!

Tambria Moore November 30, 2011 at 07:22 PM
I consider it mandatory to re-gift under the reduce, reuse, recycle doctrine, if not to a friend or family member, then to the women's shelter or other similar charity. No shame.
Stephen King November 30, 2011 at 08:12 PM
I believe in honesty with the gift giver by dropping subtle hints like, "Gee, you wouldn't happen to have the receipt?" or " I like the gift but, I'm not sure when I'll get a chance to make fondu?" or "That's a coincidence. Didn't I get you one of these last year?" Needless to say, this has dramatically reduced re-gifting or any gifting for that matter :)
Pem McNerney November 30, 2011 at 09:10 PM
I was recently invited to a Yankee Gift Swap and the hostess specifically said re-gifting was encouraged. I thought that was a very good idea.
Carrie Jacobson November 30, 2011 at 11:10 PM
Regifting might not work for everyone, but from my point of view, yes, the whole reduce, reuse, repair, recycle mantra sounds pretty loud and clear. And if I am the recipient, and it's something I love, I love it MORE that the giver didn't have to pay for it. That's like a gift in itself!
Sarah Page Kyrcz December 01, 2011 at 03:40 AM
The trick to regifting successfully is to do it so the recipient THINKS the gift was chosen specifically with them in mind. So...remove any tags or evidence it is actually being regifted. Can you tell I'm an 'ole pro at this!


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