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Is It Better to Regift or Give Nothing at All?

Your Two Cents: Is It Better to Regift or Give Nothing at All?

It's conservative to say that wedding season can be costly when usually it's ridiculously expensive. Sometimes we receive gifts that may not be suitable for our tastes, but when it comes to regifting Steve Kemble, star of Style Network's Whose Wedding Is It Anyway? and Married Away says, "What makes you think someone is going to want a gift you did not want? Plain and simple, regifting is tacky! If you do not have the time to think about what a couple would really want then don't give anything at all."

For some people regifting is more about not being able to afford a new gift than being thoughtless, but would it really be better to give nothing at all?


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i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 9 years
I disagree with a lot of people here. As long as it's something nice that the recipient would enjoy, and it's in excellent condition, there's nothing wrong with wrapping it up and presenting it as new.
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
It really depends on what it is, what occasion, and whether it's a good chance the recipient will enjoy it. To not re-gift can be very wasteful, so I often do so to be eco responsible. But as I said, it depends on the gift item. Also, if it was for a wedding I would think twice if it was a good match. I would be very disappointed if I gave a gift someone weren't able to use and they didn't re-gift it. I'd much rather people re-gift, or simply give it to someone else, then for my money to be wasted.
italianblonde italianblonde 9 years
I definitely think re-gifting is the worst!! If you absolutely can't afford a gift, I guess it's okay, but really I think it is too tacky.
Susanna Susanna 9 years
I re-gift, but only if the gift is appropriate. If the gift is right for the person, does really matter how you came by it in the first place>
Hootie Hootie 9 years
I'm with WhiplashGirlchild & darkangel2305 on this one. Comments 4 & 5...
itsme3683 itsme3683 9 years
the only problem with regifting is that you're passing it off as a gift from yourself... something that YOU put the time/effort/money into, and i think that it's tacky and misleading to let someone believe that you put any of those things into a gift that you really just re-wrapped and gave away. if you get a gift you don't like and you know someone who would, just GIVE it to them, but let them think you picked it out for them if you didn't. there's nothing wrong with telling them you got it but didn't need it. plus there's always ebay for the terrible rooster plates...
yellowshoe yellowshoe 9 years
I've been a big fan of regifting, but that's because I was not so hot in the finance department for a bit. BUT I would only regift things such as gift cards, bottles of wine... I can't think of anything else I have regifted. Maybe other people think it's tacky, but I would have left to keep some of those gift cards!! Spas, nice restaurants, stores that I love...
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 9 years
i think it's totally fine, as long as the gift is new/unused and is the recipients' taste. just because you didn't pay for it doesn't mean there can't be thought put into it!
asjs5 asjs5 9 years
Regifting doesn't have to mean it's something you don't want. I mean, we recieved a really nice and expensive coffee maker and we already have a really nice one that is a few months old. Why would it be tacky to give that as a gift to someone? I'm not talking wrapping a half used candle. I think it's tacky and WASTEFUL to not regift. The article above is about being "green". Why let a perfectly good gift you can't use go to waste?
lawchick lawchick 9 years
Berlin I completely agree! I would ask my friend or mom or whoever if they want the gift I didn't care for. Then I would just let them have it if they did. I wouldn't wrap it up as a "gift." I got some electric can opener thing last year for xmas that I didn't want, and passed it on to my mom, for example. However, I also agree with snowbunny that a luxury item, like a really good bottle of champagne, could be re-gifted as a hostess gift if you didn't want it for some reason.
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 9 years
I think re-gifting is fine IF the gift suits the person, if I got something that I wouldn't enjoy but know someone who does why shouldn't I be able to give it to them? That being said I wouldn't re-gift cooking appliances or bakeware to someone who hates cooking, etc just to get "rid" of the item.
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
If you regift and the person doesn't like it, then you've still done them a favor by giving them a nice gift they can use to regift to someone else.
Berlin Berlin 9 years
If I can't return it and think someone else could use it, I'd GIVE it to them, but I wouldn't wrap it up and make them believe that I got the gift for them for that occassion...that's tacky IMO.
MindayH MindayH 9 years
I guess it is better to regift, but it is not something that I practice
reena2 reena2 9 years
It depends on the item. It might be something you really like but have a duplicate of or is not your style but you know it is an item that the couple will like or may have even registered for. Then, regifting is fine If it looks dog-eared,used, or is hideous then, I wouldn't think of regifting it-donate it to charity and take the write-off.
ShePirate2010 ShePirate2010 9 years thank you...
K-is-For-Kait K-is-For-Kait 9 years
I agree! Never regift something you would never use yourself! It's better to give the couple a card or a little cash.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 9 years
If it's a super expensive bottle of champagne you were given at work or something, and you don't drink, and you add it to your card or something, sure. But I wouldn't say, regift that ugly rooster plate set.
darkangel2305 darkangel2305 9 years
I agree that it depends of what you're re-gifting and to whom. if you re-gift to get rid of the item and fulfill an obligation then it is way tacky and wrong... but if you get something you don't like, already have, etc and have someone who would LOVE the item or at least appreciate it, then why not? It is better than being wasteful and throwing away stuff...
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
It depends on what you're regifting. Just because I don't like something doesn't mean that someone else won't. I'd never regift something that was damaged somehow. But if it's a matter of taste and if nobody would ever know, what's the harm?
linds1019 linds1019 9 years
I agree w/stephley; it's about the thought. I have received things that I either already have or can't use, so why not give it to someone that might enjoy it?
stephley stephley 9 years
Why not, as long as the gift is appropriate to the occasion and has never been used? Is it somehow better if you return gift A to the store, then run and take a new Gift A off the shelf? It's supposed to be about the gift, and not how much you spend, I thought.
Pez4Pres Pez4Pres 9 years
I think it's tacky. After years of receiving regifted items from one of my relatives, I have to say I'd rather receive nothing at all.
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