Regifting is such a popular concept in the process of gifting that theres actually a National Regifting day in the Thursday before Christmas. Regifting if done right can be a pleasurable and economical process. If you’re aware of the recipient’s choices it may actually be a great idea to regift and bring happiness.
However there’s a difference between regifting an item versus giving something used and worn out. So its important to take care of certain things before regifting.
Always wrap the gift in new wrapping paper avoiding use of the same previous crinkled paper so as to make a good presentation which is part of good gifting etiquette. Clean the gift once in case of household items like crockery to avoid any dust particles.
One should ensure that the same gift is not returned to the sender who gave the gift in the first place to avoid any embarrassment. Also care should be taken not to regift within the same circle of friends as the sender may have discussed or even shown a particular gift to the same friend before gifting.
Remove the to & from gift card and put in a new one instead. Avoid regifting candles because they can get worn out easily. Also other items to avoid being regifted are edible products, once used music cds and DVDs, personalised gifts with pictures or quotes, free promotional gifts, gifts that carry company logos, once worn clothing items , expensive jewellery because its gifted for a specific event like a wedding gift or anniversary gift for couples etc. Popular items that are regifted are gift cards, sealed bottles of liquor like wine, champagne etc
Another way to make regifting enjoyable is by having a regifting party wherein everyone gets gifts that they don’t intend to use or plan to regift sometime. This can also be a good opportunity for you to kindly return any gift received right back to the sender without any embarrassment. Hence preparing the sender to take care of your choices the next time there is any gifting to be done. Also its an opportunity to gift back having received an already regifted item.
If your only reason for regifting is the economy aspect involved then it is suggested that you take a look at Giftsmate wherein you could search for gifts based on their pricing and choose an enjoyable and useful gift for a less price.
Happy (Re) gifting!