) Keeping a supply of items that
can be re-gifted is a great idea, but be sure to have a list in there
of who gave you which gift. Personally, I recommend attaching a
little post-it note with the name of the giver and the occasion/date
you received it.
2. Make sure that you clean any item you are re-gifting! After and
item has been sitting for a while, you know it is going to get
dusty/dirty. Take the time to properly clean the item before you
wrap it up and pass it on. Boxes should be dusted, or if crushed you
might want to place it in another box. Clothes can be made to look
fresh by using a lint brush and/or shaking them out or even hanging
them in a steamy bathroom to drop the wrinkles out. No one wants to
get a gift they have to clean before they can use!
3. Don't give products from defunct companies. I actually got this
tip from another person and it really is a good one. If you get a
gift from someone and the company has since gone out of business, at
the very least, remove it from the packaging with the company's name
still on it and re-package it.
4. Hand-me-downs are NOT re-giftable. Those who are new to re-
gifting might get confused here. Say you have a beautiful set of
plates that you have taken out of the box, used once and then put
away (in the original box) never to be used again. While giving them
to someone who needs and can use them is fine, wrapping them up and
presenting them as new is not. A re-gift is a gift you've never used
that you're passing along. However, there is one exception to this
rule. If you have something you don't need or use that someone has
greatly admired and wished for (like that antique tea set just
sitting in your china cabinet or a decorative painting), then giving
that item as a gift is acceptable. This falls under the category of
giving a very personal item to someone you know will love and enjoy
5. Don't give something you've owned for a while. Another good tip
from a friend. This violates the hand-me-down rule. Besides, would
you want a gift that you have seen sitting getting dusty in someone
else's house? The above exception also is in effect on this one.
6. Re-wrap the gift! Next to leaving the previous tag on the gift,
the biggest mistake most people make in re-gifting is to leave the
gift in the original torn up, battered container. If the box is
messed up, re-box it and then re-wrap the gift.
7. Gift Cards. If you have received a gift card to a store that you
will never use, it is fine to give it to someone who will. However,
please make sure of the amount of the card before you give it to
someone. With popular stores (like Wal-Mart or Target), you may find
that you have several of these gift cards (I've always got one or
two). Make sure that you are giving one that has the full amount on
it and not one that you have used and only has part of the original
balance on it. Not only that, make sure you write the amount of the
card on it somewhere. It's annoying to have to take a gift card to
customer service just to find out how much you have to spend!
8. Do re-gift champagne and other adult beverages. Many people give
liquor as gifts during the holidays when they come to parties, or
simply because they think the person will like it. If you have been
given a bottle of something that you know you will never drink,
please feel free to give it to someone whom you know will enjoy it.
But please make sure you are giving to someone who will drink it.
For those that don't drink, sparkling cider would be a better choice.
9. Do sell your gifts on eBay. If you receive something that you
don't think you will be able use or re-gift, consider auctioning it
off and using the money to buy something you like. Oh, and those
gifts we said not to re-gift? EBay is a great option for those, as
10. Keep it to yourself! Okay, let's be honest about this – do you
really want to know that the gift you are receiving is something that
someone else didn't like, want or need? While it may be alright to
say you are re-gifting in certain circumstances (remember that
antique tea set?), in most cases, silence is golden. Don't spoil the
pleasure someone is getting from your gift by saying anything, just
let them enjoy!
11. Re-gifting – again and again and again… Re-gifts can be great
gag gifts! I once heard of two siblings who mailed the same holiday
card back and forth to each other for years. There is no reason not
to have fun with re-gifting as long as the recipients get the joke!
There it is – a basic list of the do's and don'ts of re-gifting. So
go thru the gifts. Not only will you save some money, but you will
declutter at the same time. But most of all, you will be giving your
family and friends gifts that you know they will love and enjoy for
many years to come.
Brenda Spagnola-Wilson is a SAHM of 2 from the
Houston, TX area. In her spare time she likes to write articles on
frugal living, decorating, home improvement and other home related