I know (believe me) that life can get busy and sometimes there is no time for the last minute shopping spree. You may find yourself in a situation that you’re running out the door to birthday, anniversary, Christmas or Chanukah party with nothing in hand and there is a desire to grab an unwanted unopened gift sitting in our house to pass along.
Every year my husband and I receive gifts that we know right away have been “re-gifted” and have been sitting in our friends’ basements or a relatives closet for over a year and now show up nicely wrapped at our doorstep. People are under a strange fog if they think that they are being crafty and that a re-gift is not obvious. If not done right and without a little bit of thought put into the item, a re-gifted item could have a reverse effect of brightening someone’s day and result in hurt feelings , negative impressions, and embarrassing moments. In fair warning to all the “re-gifters” out there, if your friends catch on to your plot you may be receiving the not-so-hot gifts next time around.
That said, “re-gifting” can be ok in some instances, especially for those that are budget conscious. In this economy not everyone can handle the huge expenses with buying new gifts fro all. A re-gift can become a great gift for someone if its done correctly with a few personal touches and a little bit of thought.
1) Use a little bit of common sense and think about the receiver. Will this person use or appreciate the gift you did not want? If your children never played with this item would your friend’s children (or parents) appreciate it?
2) Usability: Do a little research- has this gift been discontinued since you received it (just in case your will want to purchase any supplemental items to it)?
3) Condition. Does the gift look new? Can you spice it up with better wrapping fit for the occasion?
Some gifts actually make a good presents. Gifts that are ok to re-route to a new home:
1) A great bottle of unopened wine or cognac (if your friends drink! Don’t bring it so they open it just for you :) )
2) Clothing items, if new with a tag on them- such as children’s clothes, a shawl- just make sure you know the style of the person getting the gift. I have received re-gifted kids clothes before and loved it! It was something I used right away, was my son’s size and style.
3) Books and Games- a great new book or a fun family game is always a great gift if unopened and if you know that the gift will be used. (i.e. Make sure your friend likes to read or loves to play games).
Alternate quick solutions not to re-gift:
1) Create your own money or gift card-holder:
Sometimes, just giving money is a great way to show you care. Everyone enjoys getting a little extra cash, even if it means that you didn’t go out and shop. Here is a fast way to use extra gift-wrap paper around the house to create your own money or card holder. If you want to create a little surprise (and if you feel the person receiving the gift will like this)- quickly pull into a gas station before the event and buy 25 dollars worth of lottery tickets to put into the beautifully crafted envelope instead of cash…one of them has to win, right?
Here’s a link to some ideas: http://pinterest.com/doylesy/gift-card-money-holders/
2) Sending Flowers via internet or buy flowers at the store- a quick bouquet brightens the day. If it’s a major event consider getting a cool potted plant- they last and most people enjoy them.
3) Send an E-card with an attached gift certificate
4) If you’re crafty you can always create something from you. Anyone receiving the gift will see you put work into it and appreciate it.
5) When in doubt...Pintrest!- http://pinterest.com/kateprima/never-re-gift/