Today’s debate topic
Should you re-gift Christmas presents you aren’t thrilled with?
Maria weighs in
I’m a big fan of re-gifting when the time is right. Maybe it’s the frugal person in me but I don’t see the harm in passing on a gift. It doesn’t mean you’re ungrateful. Sometimes gifts aren’t something you can use. Re-gifting it is a smart way to pass on the love if it’s an item you don’t want to or can’t return. Think about returns. If you returned the gift and then bought the exact same gift, it would be the same thing.
Now I don’t think you should tell someone you re-gifted, and I do think you should take great pains to make sure a re-gifted gift doesn’t look like you just shoved it back into the gift bag it came in.
I’ve been known to re-gift a few times, especially when it comes to books I already own and candles with scents I don’t like. Books and candles make great gifts and it’s not like an item of clothing. (Trying on clothes and then re-gifting them? No.)
If we’re talking super expensive items, I think it gets into tricky territory. Re-gifting within the same social circle can also be tricky and should probably be avoided. The last thing you want to do when re-gifting is offend the person who gave you the gift in the first place. Though remember, if you’re re-gifting the item it doesn’t mean you thought it was a “bad” present. After all, you’re willing to give the exact same present yourself.
While we’re talking about this, I also think it’s a good idea to recycle gift bags. Those things are expensive and wasteful if you just toss them.
Say it like you mean it!
Would you re-gift something? Have you ever received a gift you knew was re-gifted? How would you feel if someone re-gifted something you gave?