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Is It Rude to Regift?

Have you stashed away disappointing holiday gifts from last year only to disguise them as new presents for others this year? If so, you're not alone. According to Time, a recent Consumer Report survey suggests that 36 percent of holiday gifters will be regifters this season, passing along unwanted or unneeded items from season's past.

Sure, the idea's a guaranteed money and time saver. It also ensures that nothing unwanted goes to waste — or does it? If you didn't like the gift in the first place, what makes you so sure someone else is going to? Unless of course he or she is dying for whatever item you've previously rejected and are wrapping up this year. And of course, there's always the risk that the original gift-giver pays you a visit this year, and looks for the special present she gave you last year to ensure that it's being used and loved.

Well, obviously there's a certain art form and etiquette to the whole regifting process, and if you're smart about how you regift, you'll probably get away with it, no questions asked. So tell me, is regifting something you do? Or is it rude to give hand-me-down presents from past holidays?

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onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 6 years
my ears aren't pierced and I've gotten some fabulous earrings that I couldn't wear throughout the years. They are really nice regifts!
kimmieb124 kimmieb124 6 years
It probably is rude, but I've done it once or twice and only when the gift was nice but I thought the other person would appreciate the gift more than me. Usually if I don't want something it gets returned, goes on Freecycle, or goes to Goodwill.
gigill gigill 6 years
I've got a double of a book I'd like to give to the right person...
mek123 mek123 6 years
It totally depends on the circumstances; if it is something that is not my style and it was something that someone else would like I would re-gift, otherwise Goodwill.
Ladytron7000 Ladytron7000 6 years
As a beauty product junkie, I often receive scented lotions and things thoughtful in-laws and grandparents, but I'm allergic to fragrance, so I regift. To Goodwill or to somebody's stocking.
kpelli73 kpelli73 6 years
Over the years I have gotten lots of teacher gifts that were totally not my style and I regifted them, but only if I truly thought they were something that someone else would like, otherwise they went to Goodwill.
Chouette4u Chouette4u 6 years
I think it totally depends on the circumstances, but in general it's something to steer clear of.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I have done it, but only in certain circumstances. One year, my company Christmas gift was a VERY nice George Foreman grill with removable plates. I already had two GF grills, but I knew my aunt had told me that she ruined hers by somehow removing the nonstick coating. I gave her the one I got and she was so psyched! If it was some gift that was just really tacky, like reindeer socks or something like that, I wouldn't torment other people with it.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
Truthfully, I don't think I ever re-gifted. However, in my past, I think I was a recipient of a re-gift. The item was hideous, and not my taste at all. In my opinion, it was a thoughtless, rude gesture.
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