The following post originally appeared on Keep Me Sane on November 21st, 2011.
As the holiday season approaches, we reach the sticky subject of Regifting.
Is it right, is it wrong? Let's see.
EVER EVER regift something that has been used or opened. I'm sorry,
that's tacky. Would you give someone a cookie with a big bite taken out
of it? No. Or if you would, please don't ever give me a gift lol.
regift crappy gifts. Wait, I know, that's generally WHY we regift, but
if YOU don't want that sweater with the sequined puppies on it,
obviously no one else will either. Donate it to a charity or take it
back to the store if you can't bring yourself to keep it.
you DO regift, try to do it for a separate group of friends. If your
usual group consists of you, Friend A and Friend B, don't take A's gift
and give it to B. Chances are, A is gonna see it and recognize it- or
else, you'll have to lie about it and that's never good.
if someone gives me a coffee maker? I don't like coffee, I don't drink
it and I never make it. As long as I don't open the box, this is a
gift that could easily go to someone else- perhaps someone that DOES
drink coffee. Of course, I could also just return it to the store (if I
have a reasonable idea where it comes from).
short, I'm ok with regifting, if done properly. Make sure it's a clean,
unused item that actually fits the person or is something you genuinely
think they'll enjoy. If you really hate the item, take it back to the
store or give it to charity. There is always the yard sale option.