By now you may have started to receive a few Christmas gifts. Is it okay to regift them to someone else?
Regift: (verb) To give an unwanted gift to someone else; to give as a gift something one previously received as a gift. — Webster’s New Millennium™ Dictionary of English, Preview Edition (v 0.9.6)
According to a survey conducted by Money Management International, 60% of people now believe it is acceptable to regift. Here are some of the guidelines that MMI suggests for those considering regifting:
- Is the gift regiftable? Never regift handmade or one-of-a-kind items, free promotional items or anything that is signed or monogrammed.
- How is the condition? Only new, unopened gifts in good condition should be considered for regifting. Don’t give items you have owned for a long time.
- Is this going to work? Be sure you know who gave you the item so you don’t return it to the original giver. Don’t regift something to someone who knows the person who gave it to you.
- Do you have good intentions? Be sure the recipient will appreciate the item. Don’t regift simply because you ran out of time. Think of the other person.
- How does it look? Go for show. Gift bags in good condition can sometimes be reused, but wrapping paper is a one-time thing. Always spring for a new card or gift tag.
- Can you handle it? Can you and do you want to keep the secret of regifting? Never feel guilty about regifting once you have done it.
- Have you considered your options? An unwanted gift could be a welcome donation to a charitable organization. It is an option to suck it up and keep an unwanted gift — after all, it was a gift.
There you go. And, just in case any of you receive a Kindle for Christmas, don’t feel any reservations at all about regifting it to me.