Tips for Regifting
The holidays have passed, and you may have received a gift or two that you just didn’t love. And, perhaps, you were unable or forgot to return them – and now they’re just sitting in your closet. If this is the case, then you need to think about regifting.
Regifting is the act of giving a gift that you have received to someone else. It’s a great way to save money and clear some of those unwanted gifts from your closet. However, there are some things to keep in mind when regifting. Let’s look at some things to keep in mind if you’re going to regift!
- Check the Item for Damage: A common mistake people make when regifting is not checking the item for damage. Just because you received the gift in good condition doesn’t mean that the person you’re giving it to will. Make sure to check all of the seams, zippers, and buttons for any signs of wear and tear. If there are any problems with the item, it’s best to find a different gift to give.
- Check the Item for Completeness: Another mistake people make when regifting is not checking the item for completeness. Make sure that the gift you’re giving is complete with all of its original parts and pieces – after all, it may have been sitting in your closet for a while.
- Make Sure the Item is Appropriate: Be sure to ask yourself if the gift is appropriate for the intended recipient. What are the person’s tastes like? What’s the occasion for the gift? For example, you wouldn’t give a pair of socks to someone who just had a baby. (Yes, that’s a little joke – but you get the point.)
- Wrap It Up: When you regift something, be sure to wrap the present. Make sure that the gift is wrapped neatly and with care. You don’t want the recipient to think that you don’t care about them. And if you still have the gift bag that it came in – and plan on reusing it – check the tag to make sure your name is not on it.
- Keep Track of Who Gave You the Gift: If you’re going to regift an item, it’s essential to keep track of where it came from/who gave it to you. This way, you can avoid giving the gift back to the person who gave it to you in the first place. It might seem like a lot of extra work, but it’s worth it in order to avoid any potential awkwardness. (Yes, a spreadsheet is a great way to keep track of these things!)
- Don’t regift personalized things: This may seem like a no-brainer, but if the gift you’re regifting has been personalized in any way, then don’t give it to someone else. The recipient will be able to tell that the gift is not original, and they might not appreciate it.
- Regift during the holidays: The best time to regift is during the holidays. This is because there are a lot of gifts being given and received during this time of year – so it’s primetime to empty your closet and hand out some fun presents!
- Don’t Feel Guilty: As long as you follow these tips and are thoughtful about your regifting, you should have no issues – so don’t feel guilty. Regifting is just another form of recycling!
When you follow these tips, you can go forth and regift with confidence! You will avoid all of the common regifting pitfalls and have recipients who are thrilled with their presents! Happy gifting!