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Regifting etiquette: The dos and don’ts 2019
Christmas is notoriously a time for regifting. Here's how to do it properly and without getting caught.
With all the gifts you receive at Christmas time sometimes repurposing gift seems like an easier alternative to Christmas shopping for all the people on your list. Unfortunately, regifting is often considered a big no-no. We've all seen that Seinfeld episode. But when done tactfully and correctly, regifting can actually work. If you’re considering repurposing a few unwanted presents this year, Finder is here to guide you through the process. Read through our dos and don’ts before you get started.
1. Don’t regift within the same circle of friends or family Make sure you never regift something if the original gifter could potentially find out. If your aunt gives you a photo frame that she later sees in your sister’s room, both of them may end up feeling hurt. If you’re going to regift, make sure you regift to someone that will never cross paths with the original gifter.
2. Don’t regift anything meaningful As much as you may not like or care for a gift, if the gift has some sort of meaning or sentimentality attached to it, don’t regift it. Anything handmade or crafted especially for you should stay with you, regardless of how much you don’t need it or like it.
3. Don’t regift anything that’s expensive This is dangerous territory. The original gifter has clearly spent a lot of money to get you something special and you should respect that. Also, regifting something expensive puts a lot of pressure on the receiver of the gift who may feel like they need to reciprocally equal the value you appear to have spent on them. If you receive something expensive that you don’t like, it’s kinder to admit you don't like it and to ask to return it.
5. Don't regift anything used Let's say your mum gives you a teapot and after using it, even just once, you decide you don't like it - is it okay to regift? Absolutely not. You should never regift anything that you've opened up and used. You wouldn't like to received a used gift and neither does anyone else.
1. Do regift double ups Did your cousin give you a cute bag, but you don’t have the heart to tell her that you already have the exact same one? This is a perfect item to regift. Since you already have one, it won’t be obvious to the original gifter that you have regifted the item.
3. Do rewrap when regifting Don’t reuse the wrapping paper or packaging when regifting. It’s one of the easiest ways to get caught. Plus, using your own paper and wrapping the gift yourself adds a personal touch. It gives the feeling that you put time and effort into the present - even if you didn't.
4. Do include a well-written card Even if you’re not the card-giving type, you really should include a card when regifting. Try to include some heartfelt words or in-jokes – something that adds personality and thought to the gift that you’re giving. It makes the gift appear more authentically tailored and chosen just for them.
5. Do regift with good intentions Let's say you have a friend that has been talking about buying a french press coffee maker. She loves them. Suppose you receive a french press from a relative but it's not really your thing. So you decide to regift yours to your friend because you know she'll love it. If you can regift items that the new receiver genuinely wants or loves, you've nailed it. Regifting with thought and good intentions is definitely the best way to do it.
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