Re-gifting can be good or bad, depending on how you go about it. Good is when you give a gift that’s not your style that you would have gone out and bought anyway for someone because it suits them so well & you know they’ll love it. Bad is when you grab something you want to get rid of and randomly pass it on. Here are a few re-gifting do’s and don’ts:
– Give something that you know the recipient will actually like, use, or enjoy.
– Remove all traces of old wrapping paper, tape, tags, and cards.
– Freshly wrap the gift.
– Give a gift that you haven’t actually opened, examined, and found to be in brand new condition. (That camera box may not really contain a camera.)
– Give a used item. This includes cleaning up used items so that they supposedly look “like new” and then giving them.
– Give a new item so old that it’s only worth 89 cents when the recipient decides it’s not their style and tries to return it. No one wants to hear “Wow, we haven’t sold these for what? 8 or 9 years?”
– Give an expired food item. That box of candy that’s been in the drawer for two years? Throw it out.
– Give an item that includes coupons. People know that lovely, fresh-scented bath set is a re-gift when the accompanying coupons expired years ago.
– Re-gift a gift card without checking that it actually has the balance indicated.
– Give a personalized or specially engraved item to someone else. (I know, but it happens, presumably accidentally.)
– Give someone a gift back that they gave you. (Likewise, avoid giving a gift to someone who may show it to the original giver.)
– Tell the person or others who know them that it’s a re-gift.
What are your feelings on re-gifting? Do you do it? Have you ever gotten something that was clearly a re-gift or wildly inappropriate?