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I’m a Regifter. Are You?

Raise your hand if you like to get gifts.

Keep your hand up if you have gotten a gift you didn’t like…where you actually said out loud, “What were they thinking? Why did they give me this? They don’t know me at all!”

For the record, I am typing with one hand since my hand is still raised.

The question is, “What should you do about it?”

  • Do you return the gift to the store?
  • Do you toss it away?
  • Do you keep it in a drawer and take it out when the person who gave you the gift comes to your house? For the record I believe most people have done this (including yours truly).
  • Do you do something else?

Or do you do the unthinkable………

  • Do you give it away? Do you wrap it up and regift the poor little defenseless item?

At this point, most people are probably either chuckling or are appalled that people actually consider this—and more importantly do it.

Before I go on, I will let you in on a little secret: Research has shown that 40% of people have regifted because they wanted to save money or time or felt the new recipient would like the item.

When I first thought this and asked myself the question “Do I regift?”, I immediately said no, but then needed to think about it and actually the answer is yes.

Here are a few tips on regifting:

  1. Don’t give the gift back to the person who gave it to you! Don’t laugh this happens.
  2. Always rewrap the gift
  3. Make sure you have taken off the tag that says “To Merrill from ________”
  4. Only give items away that are new and still in their packaging
  5. DON’T ever regift handmade items!

So when do I regift? Good question. When I replayed that question in my memory banks, I have come up with a few times:

  • Bottles of wine – since I am not a big drinker, I will regift wine
  • I also have regifted photo albums, so if you have received that in the past from me….. I’m terribly sorry

Are you a regifter?

If so, what items do you regift?

I look forward to your advice and comments!

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