One of the most cherished sayings of the Holiday season, is to be grateful for your blessings and to spread joy and warmth. The usual ways to do so are to donate to charity, give gifts to your friends and loved ones or to do other random acts of kindness. To be on the receiving end of those gestures of kindness and appreciation is always nice, but what can you do when you don’t like the gift that you received?
Regifting is a dark secret that most of us have done at some point in our lives, whether we admit it or not. It might be an ugly mug we received, a tacky frame or something that we already have, but when is it acceptable to regift presents you received? In a world where nothing is black and white, and morality is oftentimes shades of gray, the act of regifting may appear rude or inconsiderate. However, if done the right way and viewed from a different perspective, there can be some benefits to regifting.
If you’ve received a gift from someone who just drew your name from a class or company gift exchange, but never had any type of interaction before, chances are they will give you a generic gift. Unless such a gift was clearly well-thought-out, I doubt this person would care if you regift your holiday gift-exchange present.
Re-gifting is also perfectly acceptable in the case of a duplicate gift that isn’t an everyday consumable (such as batteries or food). Regifting a duplicate gift will help declutter your space and spread the joy and generosity to others, who could use it.
From a different point of view, regifting items can be environment friendly, and
economic. The key to deciding if something is regiftable or not is really the thought, and the person who gave the gift. Even the smallest or weirdest trinket when given with the right intention, authentic love and concern can become the most sentimental and cherished item you own. If you plan well, you can be secretive with your regifting, with the original gifter non-the wiser, you can feel
a little mischievous, that you saved a few dollars and shared the joy.