Best Gifts to Regift

Do you regift? Or would you never, no matter how much you do not need or want a holiday gift? Learn more about the practice of regifting and reasons to do it, as well as the best gifts to regift and rules to follow.

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Regifting Is A Common Practice

While those who regift likely do not let the original giver know, they did admit to the practice in a survey by Bookoo.com. It found that 92 percent believe in regifting and that 87 percent believe they have been given a regifted item. More than 62 percent actually plan to regift an item to a friend, neighbor or colleague this holiday season.

Reasons to Regift

The Bookoo.com survey also found that 82 percent of those surveyed believe they have saved up to $150 by regifting. Money does not likely serve as the deciding factor to regift, though. Most simply do not want or need the gift, and they would like it to go to someone who will appreciate and use the item.

Also, the recipient may have also received multiples of a particular gift and does not want to request the giver to return the item for something else. This proves common in the case of children’s toys.

Those who take part in eco-friendly efforts might be bothered by an item sitting unused and collecting dust, as well.

Best Gifts to Regift

Certain items are easier to regift than others. The following items usually can be regifted safely:

Commercial Food Items — If you get a basket filled with nuts as a gift and suffer from a nut allergy, regift without guilt.

Wine — Perhaps you don’t drink or care for the particular vintage. Bring it as a hostess gift to a holiday party that the giver will not be attending.

Gift Cards — If you receive a gift card to a store you would never shop at, regift it to someone who would. Gift cards from sporting goods and home décor stores are easily regifted.

Photo Frames — Even if the giver visits your home, it might be displaying a photo in an area not in plain sight, such as your bedroom.

Housewares — Did you get yet another wine opener you won’t use? Purchase a bottle of wine to regift it with — or use a bottle you already decided to regift — for a wine lover in your life.

Candles — If you don’t like the smell or simply don’t burn candles, they make excellent items to regift as they could be out of sight or already used.

Rules to Follow When Regifting

While you won’t usually get caught regifting the above items, following these rules keeps you safe with both the original giver and the new recipient:

  • Never regift a personalized item, obviously, as it will scream “regifted.”
  • Do not regift a used item. Only regift new, unopened gifts in good condition.
  • Never regift easily recognized items within your circle of family members or friends. And never regift an item to the original giver.
  • Do not simply reuse the gift tag. Always rewrap the item or put it in a new gift bag, and attach a new tag.

Coming Clean to Gift Givers

If you do receive a duplicate item or one you cannot use, consider coming clean with the giver and asking the person’s permission to regift to someone special, such as a family member or friend. You can also ask if the giver minds if you donate the item to a charitable organization, an excellent idea in the case of duplicate children’s toys. Such regifting can make both of you feel even more thoughtful and generous during the holiday season.

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