Sshhh, someone might hear us…have you ever re-gifted something? It’s ok, you can tell me, it’s just between us.
It feels a little Truth or Dare-esque, doesn’t it? Asking someone if they’ve ever re-gifted or admitting to the ‘crime’ yourself? For many, there’s an assumed stigma, like wearing a letter ‘R’ on your chest – reminiscent of the label maker episode of Seinfeld.
Let’s break down the wall on this purportedly shameful activity. It really doesn’t need to be that dramatic, I promise. Here’s my confession: one year at an office holiday gift exchange, I re-wrapped a store-bought potholder/dishcloth/oven mitt set (kind of like this one) that I had received days before at another gift exchange and happily threw it into the mix to steal/trade between colleagues.
I don’t miss it and I don’t feel bad about it. Part of me felt momentarily guilty – the giver may have spent a lot of time selecting that gift, perhaps even found it cute – but the other more honest half of me never felt freer!
I didn’t have to throw it in the garbage, it went to a good home – and even if the new owner chose to re-gift it to someone else, my feelings wouldn’t be hurt. The truth is that we all get gifts that aren’t our tastes/styles/preferences, it’s the nature of gift-giving, hence the invention of gift cards. All of us, even Grandma, end up with items we have no use for. Let us re-gift without judgment.
Check out these 11 reasons why regifting is great from Much More With Less:
- Save space
- Clear the clutter
- Wage war on waste
- Double the love
- Get rid of the guilt
- Give better presents
- Avoid duplicates
- Stash some cash
- Help in hard times
- Be sensitive about people’s feelings
- Support good causes