Regifting is when you take a gift that you’ve received and gift it to someone else, typically under the suggestion that you’ve purchased it specifically for them. It’s a handy trick for those who receive unwanted gifts, but don’t want to waste them by throwing them away, especially if you’re able to gift them to someone who you feel would appreciate them more than you do.

Not everything can be re-gifted

Not everything can be re-gifted

Here are some top tips for mastering the art of regifting from include

Note who gave you the gift in the first place

You’ll want to keep track of who gives you certain gifts, above all else to ensure that you don’t accidentally regift the item back to them. Sticky notes are a quick and easy way to do this, simply attaching one with the name of the friend or relative who gave you the present.

Be mindful who you regift to

Don’t regift within a close circle; so if you’re best friend in your friendship group has given you the item that you don’t want to keep, don’t then gift it to someone else in the same friendship group. Not only may that person already know the gift was for you from your mutual friend, but the friend who originally offered it may find out – leaving both upset and offended.

Put some thought into the regifting

Don’t just gift someone an item for the sake of getting rid of it; put some thought into the gift and really think about whether or not they’d like it or it’s appropriate. Try and avoid random books, DVD’s or CD’s with no relevance to the person you’re giving them to. The same goes for clothes, ensure that they’ll fit the person receiving them and, if possible, keep the tags on.

Remove any signs of a regift

There are many tell-tale signs that a gift is being regifted, and it’s worth checking for them all before you pass the item onto someone else. Ensure there’s no wrapping paper or tape stuck to the item, the box doesn’t look as though it’s been opened, and there’s no name tag in place.

It’s OK to be open and honest

If you and your friends both confess to having received gifts that aren’t quite for them, you can take the stigma out of regifting by throwing a regifting party. Have everyone take a gift they would like to swap, allowing everyone to swap and share gifts, or alternatively give them some wrapping paper to rewrap the gift and make it fun by holding a raffle, auction or even a poker game to redistribute the gifts.

Don’t regift meaningful presents

Be mindful that not all gifts can be regifted, especially if they’re personalised, and if you know that someone has put a lot of thought and effort into the gift it’s probably a good idea to hang on to it. Should the person who gifted it to you find out that you no longer have it, their feelings could be hurt.

Regifting doesn’t have to be to loved ones

There are many charities that can benefit from your unwanted gifts – a simply donation can mean a lot to them, especially in the run up to and following Christmas. Alternatively, you can use sites such as eBay and Gumtree if you want to sell the items and get a little something in return.

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