To Regift, or Not to Regift?

Were you given a gift you won’t use? No problem, wrap it up and put a bow on it.

So your coworker gave you yet another mug filled with hot chocolate, candy canes, and socks. Maybe it’s the 3rd mug you’ve received this year or maybe you’re looking to stay healthy during the holidays (yeah right). Whatever the reason may be, you’ve made the decision to regift.

We’ve put together a list of regifting strategies to consider below. Mostly so that you avoid hurting your novelty mug gifting coworker’s feelings. Because it really IS the thought that counts.

  • Will you use it? Consider if you, your family, or your significant other will really put the gift to good use. If not, regifting is probably the route to go.
  • Is it really regift-able? Be sure to ask yourself, is your regift something that someone you know would really want or need? If not, consider donating it to ensure your regift gets a new owner that truly loves it.
  • Choose the new owner wisely. Do your regifting to a friend or group that won’t know who the original gifter was. This avoids any awkward explanations about how the exact same novelty mug that Joe got you ended up in Sally’s house instead of yours. You don’t want to hurt the feelings of the thoughtful person who bought you the gift in the first place.
  • Be truthful. If you’re regifting gently used toys, books, or other things to your friend’s kids…sometimes honesty is the best policy. Just explain to your friends that you had tons of great things that your kids loved and you wanted them to be shared with their kids. Tried and true, those toys will be loved by their new owners. To be honest, the kids might appreciate the fact that it’s already out of the box and ready to be played with!
  • Donate the rest. If you’re finding gifts or things lying around that you can’t put to use, donate them to people who will really use them. ‘Tis the season to give back, after all.

What is your family’s take on regifting?

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