Do you re-gift? That is taking a gift or a present that you have no use of and give it as a present to someone else.
We still have a few wedding presents that we haven’t used, they include scented candles, a set of ceramic plates and photo frames. Though the thoughts of re-gifting always come across our minds whenever we stumbled upon these items hidden under our beds, we never parted with them.
Yes we chickened out. I guess the fear of getting caught got the better part of us. I mean, what if one of our friends come over and start to ask where’s the gift that they bought? Or worse, you give the present back to the original giver some years later… using the same wrapping paper!
I think the main guidelines for re-gifting is not to re-gift if the giver and your intended recipient are related (families, cousins) or have the same circle of friends (check their friendster or myspace for some clues).
And of course, only give items that you actually never use. I think the worse type of re-gifting is giving out used items.
Here’s a true re-gifting stories.
Years ago, when I was younger I bough a beautiful suede coat, it was expensive, over my budget and thoroughly wonderful. I made the mistake of lending it to a friend of mine for an ‘event.’ I asked and asked her for my coat back back never saw it, and eventually I gave up asking. So about a year went by and I got married and as I was opening up a card to a particularly well wrapped large box I read, “Since my finances are low, I couldn’t afford to buy you a wedding gift, so instead I am giving you MY suede coat that I know you love.” Love so and so. Needless to say, I was absolutely knocked over, when I opened the package there was my suede coat, well worn and given back to me as a wedding present.
You can get more re-gifting stories here : Regiftable.com
The site also mentioned about pregifting, postgifting, ungifting, misgifting, multigifting and nongifting. Yikes so many types. So which re-gifter.. I mean re-giver are you?
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