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A Do or a Don't: Regifting

A Do or a Don't: Regifting

I know that many people are scaling down holiday celebrations this year, including shopping, which is probably why 64 percent of Glamour magazine readers admitted to regifting. It might not be the most PC thing to do, but if you're going to do it, I'd say this is the year to do so. But tell me ladies, do you think regifting is a do or a don't?

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ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 8 years
its good for the environment... recycle!!!!!!!!! Plus if you know someone else will like it then def give.
yellowshoe yellowshoe 8 years
I always regift... I know some people think its wrong, but, I will receive gifts that I can't use (scented candles, scented lotions- both bother me) so I will usually regift to my friends/family members who I know enjoy those items.
gabiushka gabiushka 8 years
A do when done carefully.
lawchick lawchick 8 years
The stuff I get that I don't want goes straight into the charity bin, with two exceptions -- if I can think of someone who could really use it, I just give it to them (not as a gift); also I think it would be fine to regift a nice bottle of wine (like as a hostess gift) if you don't drink that kind of wine. otherwise this is tacky to me.
MandeeLei MandeeLei 8 years
As long as the people don't know each other then it's a great idea. Why waste something that someone else might actually really want or need??
LoveSarah LoveSarah 8 years
As long as you follow the rules of regifting! Never give the gift to some one who knows the person who gave the gift to you! And, the person you should give it to shouldn't know that it was a regift. And obviously don't let the person who gave you the gift know that it was regifted.
bengalspice bengalspice 8 years
I do it all the time with random stuff aunties give me.
sonya-ina sonya-ina 8 years
Sure, why not?! As long as you know the person will like it, and you're not just giving it to them to get rid of it. I've only regifted once or twice, both times I knew the person would like it... in all honesty, I just didn't need it, in fact I had 2 of them, HA!
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
A do if it is useable and you know the other person would genuinely like it. Don't regift just to get rid of some crap you hate. I regift... actually, I just regifted. My aunt gave me a gift certificate to a place I never shop at. (She's 77... doesn't know my tastes and I'm not going to hurt her feelings!) But I have a coworker that loves the place... so I regifted. Perfect!
Chrstne Chrstne 8 years
I would totally do it...but, I don't have anything worth regifting, since the stuff I would regift is usually really crappy.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I think it's so tacky.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
as long as I dont give it to the same person who gave it to me..its a do in my book! Money wasted if it's just in the closet!
DecemberBaby DecemberBaby 8 years
It's a solid don't for me.
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
I have re-gifted. It was something I had set aside as "will never use" and into my pile of christmas presents to hand out. Then I knew somebody who would like what I had been given and so I re-gifted it for her birthday! I will be doing the same with something else I got given last year and now will be re-gifting it this year. I don't see ANYTHING wrong with doing this. The original present was probably under $10 and I would never have used it/eventually thrown it out. If the other person will like it, what is the harm? I would never re-gift anything that I had used or didn't have the original packaging. That's just tacky. ;p
Phunkometry Phunkometry 8 years
Def. a DO, as long as you're smart about the person to whom you're giving the gift (i.e. she doesn't know that it was originally a gift to you; she doesn't know the person who gave it to you; she is not, in fact, the person who gave it to you originally!), and you're smart about what is appropriate to re-gift (i.e. a plaque that says "Congratulations on your graduation! Love, Aunt Mildred" would not be appropriate, unless you are Aunt Mildred to a niece or nephew that has just completed a major level in his or her educational career). If you know what you're doing, go for it! Also, I'd suggest keeping track of who is giving you the awful presents. This can help if you're forgetful or just so loved that you get showered with gifts from all sides. So you, Ethel, can avoid giving that candelabra back to Lucy, prompting her to say, "Hey, that's great! It's just like the one we gave you for your anniversary!" as in the Housewarming Party episode of I Love Lucy. Also, if you get a sweater or something that is not to your taste, why not re-gift it to a charity? The church my mom goes to, and I think most Christian organizations, have a giving tree (or something of the sort) around Christmastime, so I'm sure someone would appreciate the warmth of that sweater when they have nothing else to keep them warm. Just make sure it doesn't have big holes in it or isn't wearable! I've seen some nasty things get dropped off in those "clothing and shoe donations" boxes. So. To conclude: DO re-gift. But re-gift with care!
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 8 years
I wouldn't do it. I appreciate anything and everything that someone gives to me.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
What they don't know won't hurt 'em.
Glittersniffer Glittersniffer 8 years
It's a do...like lickety split, I've passed on wine that isn't my sort, but other things too, like barbecue sets or fragrances. Never opened, never terrible, just not my thing.
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
a do! we don't drink red wine, and got several very expensive bottles from one of my husband's business associates, sooooooo, they will be passed on to someone that we know will enjoy them. i think re gifting is becoming more acceptable as the economy tightens and everyone goes "green". why toss something just because you don't want, need or use it if you know someone else will enjoy it?
emososays17 emososays17 8 years
Another re gifting story. Every year my girlfriends and I go out for a Christmas dinner and do a Secret Santa (with, like, a $15 maximum). We have a friend in the group who is a notorious re-gifter and of course she was my secret santa. So, while everyone was exchanging DVD's and Victoria's Secret gift cards I was opening a goody bag she got at a bachelorette party consisting of flavored condoms, a penis bracelet, and a packet of lube!
emososays17 emososays17 8 years
I don't see a problem with it if it's unopened/unused, and given to someone who will actually like it and you're not giving it away just because you don't want to spend the money. I know year after year I spend my own money (which I don't have a lot of as a student) on gifts for my sister in law who in turn re-gifts things she doesn't want from gift sets that have already been opened. It's painfully obvious and really frustrating to spend upwards of $50 getting her something I know she'll like and use and getting a mish mosh gift consisting of a random, out of season lotion from Bath & Body works, a fake Coach bag, and a candle in return. Sometimes I feel like she just walks into her closet, finds stuff she doesn't want and wraps it up!
psterling psterling 8 years
I don't see any problem with gifting a friend something that I don't necessarily like but would be right up her alley. But of course, only if she never knew the original gifter.
ohbaby7 ohbaby7 8 years
it might be a dont, but i do it anyway!
nicole815 nicole815 8 years
I have never re-gifted but I think it can be a DO as long as it's done wisely. -Don't let the original gifter know about it -Make 100% sure the receiver doesn't know about the gift -If it's totally crappy don't regift -Give it to someone who would appreciate it Actually, we are having a Yankee swap at an AFTER christmas party and we all discussed bringing regifts! Should be funny!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
Truthfully, I don't think I ever re-gifted. I guess all the gifts I've received were suitable for me. However, I am open to the idea.
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