With Christmas quickly approaching, you may be one of those people who wait until the last-minute to do your Christmas shopping. If so, you might be in full panic mode by this point. Do not fear. There is still hope for you to pull off a miracle and get people the kind of gifts that they were hoping for. Although, you might need to look at unorthodox ways of getting it done. As an added bonus, it could even be a real money saver on your budget.
Behold the art of regifting. Yes, it is exactly what you think it is. It is taking something you already received from someone else and give it to another person as a gift. Keep in mind that this is a highly reformed art form. You can’t just regift anything or it would look really distasteful on your part. You certainly don’t want that. So lets dive right into this and learn about how to do this right.
Modes of Regifting
The Unspoken Regift
This is when you simply give a gift to someone that you received as a gift, but you don’t tell the origin of the gift. A little word of warning. Be sure you know the origin of the gift, because if you end up regifting it to the person who gave it to you, well…let’s just say that it is not good.
The Spoken Regift
Consider this paying it forward. This is when you give a gift to someone that you received as a gift from someone else, but you tell them the situation. You say something like, “I received this gift from my Aunt Bess, but all I kept thinking was how this gift was much more suited for you, so I thought I would pass this on as a gift to you.” Please understand by doing this you are opening it up to the true essence of the pay it forward gift, so you can’t be offended if they in turn end up regifting it to someone else.
The Blatant Regift
This is appropriate when you are in situations where you need to bring a gift, but have no idea who will end up with it at the end of the evening. Any present, be it useful or an abysmal white elephant, can be used for this type of “unloading party.” An “unloading party” is a party that allows you to unload the ill-considered, ill-fitting, illegitimate gifts you’ve received throughout the year. You mock, swap, and get rid of your slob (trash). Give me a break I was trying to rhyme.
What Not to Regift
Framed pictures of yourself, printed T-shirts, cheap jewelery, monogrammed items, drugstore body splash. Also included is anything you’ve partially used such as opened boxes of candy, clothing, or cookery. This also includes outdated items like CDs, DVDs, and first-generation Apple products. If you have any of the outdated items, get rid of them on eBay or donate them to Goodwill. Again, this is so important I mention it twice, if you don’t remember who gave it to you, don’t regift it, because if you do you will most certainly end up giving it to the person who gave it to you.
Benefits of Regifting
It’s simple. You get a chance to unclutter some of your stuff. you are not clogging up the landfills with your trinkets. Best of all, you are saving yourself lots of money in the process. It is definitely a win no matter how you look at it.
So as you are scrambling to figure what you’re going to get someone this Christmas, keep in mind the art of regifting and all the benefits that come along with it. Just make sure that the party you receive a gift and the party you regift that same gift is not the same party!
Have a Merry Christmas everyone!