We’ve all been there- opened a gift only to discover that we do. Not. Like. It.
We look up to see the gift-giver grinning from ear to ear, waiting for our reaction.
We lie, of course, and say we love it. And the present is put in the back of a closet never to see the light of day again.
So is it wrong to regift that present? It’s not like it was a bad gift, it was just not for you.
I personally haven’t been a regifter. But I don’t have a problem with it. If the gift can be given a good home, what’s the harm in that? Why are the only solutions that it should collect dust in your closet or be donated to charity? Will the person who gave it to you ever find out you didn’t actually purchase it? Probably not. And if you put it in a really pretty new box, aren’t you essentially giving the present a new and improved appearance? And what about the whole “it’s the thought that counts” thing?
But still, you would know you didn’t buy it. And maybe that would be reason enough for you not to regift it. And what if you were the recipient of a regift? How would that make you feel?
In the end, I suppose the decision to regift or not to regift is a matter of personal preference. (But I don’t think you should feel bad about it if you do it!)