The Regift – Is Regifting Acceptable Nowadays?

To Regift or Not to Regift

So, it’s three days after Christmas and you’re wondering what to do with some of the presents you got. You know the ones we’re talking about. The ones you can’t use. Should you regift them? It depends on the circumstances. Nowadays, regifting might more more acceptable than ever before.

The holidays can be difficult and deciding who should get what present is often a challenge. It doesn’t seem to matter if you have known someone all your life, sometimes they just get it wrong.

Can I regift this? Source: Westchester Magazine.
Can I give this to someone that can actually use it?
Source: Westchester Magazine.

For example, you live in sunny Hawaii and you just received six pairs of thermal socks. Huh? While they are an ideal choice for someone in New York or another blizzard-filled state, they don’t really work for you. If you decide to pass on the gift to someone that can truly use it, here’s a few things you should remember.

Regifting Guide

The rules of the regift.
  1. You should never give away anything that was handmade or has special meaning. If someone takes the time to make you something, hold on to it. They may ask you about it at a later date.
  2. If you do decide to pass a gift on, give it to people outside of your normal friendship circle. It’s never a good idea to take a chance on giving away a present to a close friend that was given to you by another close friend. Talk about having an awkward moment when you get called out for regifting. There will also be hurt feelings too.
  3. Most importantly, only give away brand new items. Don’t use something a few times and then decided to give it away. If you don’t want used gifts, no one else will either.

There will be times that you receive a gift that you can’t use, think carefully before deciding to present it to someone else. Sometimes keeping the present is a better idea than giving it away. It’s much less of a hassle.