If you are facing this dilemma, you are not alone. One survey found that 25% of
Americans regift unwanted presents. Most experts agree that regifting is not only
acceptable, but sometimes essential. The problem is
that experts have developed
some myths over the years. Below are some
"experts'" myths and how I handle these
Keep track of who gave it to
Myth: The most humiliating thing that
you could do is accidentally give the gift back
to the original giver. Remember, the purpose of regifting is to give to someone who
may have more use of the item than you. However, you do not want to hurt anyone's
feelings in the process.
Palumboism: I only give gifts that I
want in hopes that the person will regift them
back to me. The heck with who gave it to you. Who
wants to spend the time and
effort trying to remember who gave what to
whom. If they don't like it, they
shouldn't have given it to you in the first place.
Don't mention it.
There usually is no reason to tell people that the gift that you are giving
is a regift. It is a fact that can be left out more often than not.
Let them know that you got a gift that you didn't want
they were the first person to come to mind. What's
not good enough for you may do
quite well for them.
Use a different wrap.
Myth: If you are going to regift, at least rewrap the gift in some fresh wrapping
whole point of regifting is to save time, money and
Wrapping paper isn't
cheap. Besides, if you are a true regifter, you
want to give it with
everything you got it in. This
includes wrapping paper. Use the same paper and
rid of it!
Don't regift something that you've used.
Myth: A regift is only acceptable if it is a new item and something that you
believe the recipient will be able to use and like.
in the world can you decide if you like something or not
give it a try. Open it up
and try it out before deciding to give it away. It
is still a
perfectly good gift.
Take off the old tags.
Myth: Make sure you remove ANY evidence of it being a prior gift including all gift
a little liquid paper, you can barely tell the
Don't give partially used gift cards.
Myth: With the increased popularity of giving and receiving gift cards, it may be
tempting to regift a portion of your gift card. This is not something that
would recommend. Imagine getting something like this:
"Happy Holidays Artie. May the season fill you with joy and love. You will find a
Starbucks gift card for $7.32 enclosed. I hope you enjoy.
Palumboism: A partially
used gift card is better than a completely used gift
be happy with $7.32 for Starbucks. Wouldn't you? If not,
you will probably be
disappointed with next year's gift.