The Fine Art of Regifting

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!


About wmarsau

Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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