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Good Idea or Bad Idea: Regifting

Are you the kind of person that has a gift drawer? Do you have a gift and a card for every occasion just in case you don't have time to shop before an event? And what about re-gifting? What happens when you receive a gift that you already have, or a gift you will just never use? Do you think it is acceptable to re-gift it? Some people think it is extremely tacky but others think it is fair game, so what I want to know is; do you think it is a good idea or a bad idea to re-gift?


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mominator mominator 10 years
Everyone has probably done this at one point or time in their life. I admit I have when I got duplicates of something or did not have enough money to go get someone something or had that peron unxpected to give you a present and you did not have one to give back. The whole point is giving. It does not matter how many times the present has been given. Just the thought that someone thought about you.
amers230 amers230 10 years
i don't think i'd ever regift and not tell the person that it was a regift. also, i'd never regift for a big occasion, i'd be more likely just to give something i received as a gift and didn't like to someone else just because i didn't want it. i'd never do it for their birthday or something. i think i'd be a little hurt if i found that someone regifted something they gave to me!
PrissyLilBadAss PrissyLilBadAss 10 years
I think its totally fine to re-gift! I've re-gifted gift certificates I've received for stores that I just don't shop at. Since you can't return a gift certificate, why not give it to someone who will use it?
mellie_608 mellie_608 10 years
If I re-gift something, I'm careful to make sure there are enough "degrees of separation" between the person who gave it to me and the new recipient. You can never be too careful, because if they do find out it's a re-gift both the person you got it from and the person who is now getting it feels bad! It's definitely tacky! I used to work at a beauty product retailer as a 2nd job, so I have tons and tons of stuff that I have bought over the few months that I worked there because of the awesome discount. I often use something from that stash as a hostess gift or party prize, etc...
Tiinnaaaa Tiinnaaaa 10 years
Depends on who.. if its to like a nobody.. then yeah fine.. But if its to someone close then no.. its too impersonal
vmruby vmruby 10 years
No ,bad idea, and very tacky.....If i get something i don't like i just simply give it away.My best friend does it(she calls them closet gifts) and just recently she received a gift for her birthday which happened to be the same gift she had given to this person a year and a half before.She didn't find it funny at all,she was really insulted and she actually called the person to say something about it.Many times I've seen regifting backfire in people's faces, not to mention it hurts their feelings and that's just not me.
electricblue electricblue 10 years
i think it actually depends what the gift is and who the person is. if you think the person will realy like it i think its alright. as a last minute gift thats a little harsh. but id put something else with it. and maybe wrap it in ribbons so it isnt completely the same. and do not give it back to someone who gave it! very insulting
Princess-Rebecca Princess-Rebecca 10 years
I'd never do it, it's so unrespectful for the one wo bought it!
mollipop mollipop 10 years
I wouldn't do it. It's not that I think it's always in poor taste, it's just that I'd personally feel uncomfortable doing it.
nessabum nessabum 10 years
regifting is a good idea. i mean, if it's not useful to you and it would be good for someone else who doesn't know the person who first gave the gift to you, it's perfectly fine. also, generic things like gift cards are good regifts, too. no one's gonna go "omg! that's the exact same card i gave you for christmas!" because there are so many other cards that will look exactly the same.
ninjastarlett ninjastarlett 10 years
only if you're sure it's not a regift to the same person, or someone close to that person. And that it's not personal in any way.
tonjay2002 tonjay2002 10 years
I think it's a great idea. It saves time and why not give a gift to someone that might appreciate it.
tati33 tati33 10 years
everyone has good points..but i agree to day my boss gave me a necklace (much like a choker combined necklace) i would never wear..while she gave others in the same office a more simple yet in my opinion nicer and less lavish i regifted the gift my boss gave me to a good friend..she liked it..i would rather her use it than have it sitting somewhere in my house
Kazagirl Kazagirl 10 years
Good idea as long as you don't regift back to the same person.
rubialala rubialala 10 years
I don't know if it's a good idea or not but I do it. At least I do it with brand new stuff, my MIL gives us "gifts" that I know have been sitting around her house for years, and that she has probably used before.
cgmaetc cgmaetc 10 years
Right on, Cuba! I LOVE buying people gifts, and I would be so hurt to find, that after all the time and effort I put unit buying something special just for them, they gave it to someone else! If it's about money for the gift-giver, I'd rather get a hand-scribbled note written in crayon on a torn out piece of wadded up notebook paper with coffee stains and gum stuck in the corner, than get a re-gift. Yes it's the thought that counts, but a re-gift is an AFTER-thought!
summer-roberts summer-roberts 10 years
I think it is okay generally. But only if you think the person would really like it or for the office gift exchange.
Tech Tech 10 years
I think it's wrong. It's always backfired on me.
blackjade blackjade 10 years
I'm actual a fan of regifting, I don't do it religiously but like someone said, sometimes you get something that you know would be PERFECT for someone else. I don't think it should be done just to get something you don't like out of your house.
pinupsweetheart pinupsweetheart 10 years
p.s I didn't like the sister anyways.
pinupsweetheart pinupsweetheart 10 years
I have to admit I have done it before. I got a bath set from Bath and Body Works for a scent I don't care for. I was broke as a joke and needed a gift for my then boyfriends sister. I threw some pretty wrapping and a matching bow and badda bing.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 10 years
Totally agree with mixed media - also, sometimes if i receive a gift that I really don't like but I know the perfect person for, I just give it to them as a random little "gift" not necessarily a special occasion gift, especially if it's a good friend.
flyinggrip flyinggrip 10 years
I think is fine, espically for gifts that may not have been specifically pick out, like from the office white elephant or something like that, those gifts are fair game for re-gifting at next year's christmas party
cubadog cubadog 10 years
I think it is incredibly tacky to pass a gift that you received off as a gift to someone else. If you don't like a gift fine give it away don't wrap it and give it to someone like you spent time shopping for it. When I have received random items that I haven't liked and could not return I just give it away to a friend I don't pass it off as something I shopped for.
LEX0 LEX0 10 years
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