Now that we have settled into the New Year and have returned to our regular routines, many of us are faced with the problem of gifts received from family or friends which we have been unable to exchange and are completely unsuitable. The solution to this problem for many is the practise of regifting. Most of us are familiar with this but for those of you who are unfamiliar with the term; Regifting or regiving is the act of taking a gift that has been received and giving it to somebody else, sometimes in the guise of a new gift. Earlier this week we asked our followers on social media “Are you a re-gifter?” we would like to thank all of you who took the time to like, share and comment on our question. Our little survey led us to the conclusion that the majority of you have, at one time or another resorted to re-gifting. Are you surprised? We are not, particularly since we too have been known to regift an item or two. Originally this blog was going to explore the ethics of regifting; should you or shouldn’t you, but in light of your input we have decided to take another direction. The reality is we do regift and, this is not going to change; instead we are going to give you some pointers on how to do so correctly and responsibly.
Rule #1: NEVER REGIFT ITEMS THAT HAVE BEEN OPENNED OR USED, this is the best way to get busted, it doesn’t matter how well you think you have washed and wiped down an appliance or laundered a piece of clothing, always remember USED LOOKS USED.
Rule#2: REGIFTED ITEMS MUST BE APPROPRIATE, regifting a sausage maker to your friend the vegan is a sure way to get busted.
Rule #3: REMOVE ALL NAME TAGS OR TUCKED AWAY CARDS, this rule particularly applies to shower and wedding gifts. Many brides and brides-to-be have been busted this way in an effort to rid themselves of unwanted presents and to save some money.
Rule #4: REWRAP EVERYTHING: You must make sure that all traces of the original wrapping have been eliminated, remove any miscellaneous tape, and ribbon. Since you are saving some money on the gift you should splurge a little and buy some fresh new wrapping, or gift bag. DON’T REUSE THE WRAPPING PAPER and DON’T REUSE THE TISSUE PAPER, these are the first clues you are trying to pass on someone else’s gift.
Rule #5: NEVER EVER REGIFT ANYTHING FROM or TO THE IMPORTANT PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE, it’s totally not worth it.
While these five rules will offer you some safeguards against being found out, nothing is absolute. If however you do get caught DON’T LIE, this compounds the problem, rather tell your friend that when you were initially given this gift it screamed their name…. and next time dinner is on you.
If regifting still doesn’t sit well with you, call us at 4167510553 and we will pick up your unwanted gifts of clothing and small housewares for FREE, or go to www.clothingbank.ca for the Oasis bin nearest you.