IT’S REGIFTING SEASON
If you’re like most people, you received a few gifts for Christmas that you’ve already stashed away in a closet for regifting. But regifting is a practice that has guidelines you shouldn’t ignore. Here are guidelines to follow when you regift:
- Is the gift regiftable? Never regift handmade or one-of-a-kind items. Signed books and monogrammed items are off-limits. Do you have to be told not to regift free promotional items?
- How is the condition? Only new, unopened gifts in good condition should be considered for regifting. Never give partially used gift cards. Don’t give items that you have owned for a long time. A general rule of thumb: if you have to dust it off, it is not regiftable.
- Is this going to work? Successful regifters use common sense. If you are going to regift, be sure you know who gave you the item, so you don’t return something to the original giver. Only regift items to people who are not likely to see the original giver.
- Do you have good intentions? Don’t just give a gift to give a gift. Be sure that the recipient will appreciate the item. Remember, if you feel that an item is undesirable, the recipient probably will too.
- How does it look? When it comes to gift-giving, go for show! While gift bags in good condition can be reused, wrapping paper is a one-time thing. Always spring for a new card or gift tag.
- Can you handle it? If you don’t plan to announce the gift as a regift, ask yourself if you can keep the secret. Never feel guilty about regifting once you’ve done it.
- Have you considered your options? An unwanted gift could be a welcome donation to a charitable organization. It is also an option to suck it up and keep an unwanted gift—after all, it was a gift.
- Did you remove the original card? The number one faux pas of regifting.
- Is it dead? Never regift a stuffed animal.
- Do you know who gave it to you? Be careful you don’t regift a gift right back to the person who gave it to you in the first place.
- Is it older than 10 years? Just because you discovered it in the back of your closet, still unused, doesn’t mean it’s regiftable. No one wants a pair of parachute pants.
- Is it expired? “Oh boy! A gift card to a Venture Store!”