Your thoughts on re-gifting


I'm sure many people received a lot of nice gifts this year and now that X'mas has come and gone, we need to find a new home in the house for all that new stuff. While the gifts are often very nice and thoughtful, they are not always what you want or what you need.

For example, you received 5 bottles of body lotion. Some you like and some you don't. You know for a fact that you will never use some of them because you just can't stand the smell. So what would you do?

Would you consider re-gifting? Giving it to a friend for her b-day? Using it as a belated x'mas gift for someone else??

I know this is a faux pas with some people but I also know some people who do re-gift. My personal thought is that it's ok to re-gift things as long as it's not opened/used and you give it away quickly (ie. don't wait for 3 years pass its expiry date). Also, make sure you don't give it back to the original gift-giver!
Jan 04, 2008 @ 09:20 am

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Ali de Bold

Re-gift it

I would give it to someone totally unrelated. Something like body lotion will always come in handy and if you don't like the smell your only other option is to chuck it, which is wasteful.

I really don't think there is any harm in a re-gift unless the original giver finds out!
Jan 04, 2008 @ 10:44 am

Guilty as charged

I have regifted several times. In each case, I made sure that the gift fit the recipient and not in the same circle of acquaintance as the original gift giver. I agree with MissChickie that it's just too wasteful to chuck it (or for that matter to hold on to it without intending to ever use it). If I really dislike it or can't think of someone who could use it (I once received the ugliest photo album ever), I donate it to Goodwill. I'm sure either solution (regifting or donating) are equally tacky for some people, but I could care less.

Hey, it's only a faux pas if you get caught, right? ;)
Jan 04, 2008 @ 09:16 pm

Better for things to not get wasted!

I don't see the point of keeping all these presents/products if you aren't going to use them? I agree with misschickie and mamaluv.

Give it to someone who you know will appreciate it. :)
Jan 04, 2008 @ 09:51 pm

goodwill / salvation army

I don't know that I've ever re-gifted something. I recall having done it. However, I *KNOW* I've donated an unwanted/unneeded gift to charity. In this case, it is very likely that the recipient will not be anyone you know.
Jan 04, 2008 @ 11:38 pm


should read ... "I can't recall having done it."
Jan 04, 2008 @ 11:39 pm

I've never done it.

I've actually never re-gifted anything, it makes me nervous, haha! Maybe I'm just an easy person to shop for?

Most stores will exchange items for you without a receipt and you can get what you want. (i.e. a friend of mine got 3 body butters for christmas - she kept 1, took 1 back to body shop where she exchanged it for make up brushes and took the other back to la senza and got a bra.)

I have exchanged a couple gifts though - I figure if the person wanted to get you something than you may as well exchange for something else you need/want and most of the time they are happy that you managed to get something else instead.

Maybe that's just me but, I believe more in the exchange than the re-gift. (that's why I always get gift receipts with my purchases for friends and family!)
Jan 08, 2008 @ 12:40 pm


I'm sure I've regifted, but just can't recall when and what and to whom. I would gratefully accept small gifts, even if not my cup of tea, and may regift if I see fit. However, I received a very large gift - a crock pot - for christmas. I already have one, and felt that it is unfair for someone to spend so much money on me when I won't use the gift. So I chose to tell the person that I appreciate the gift but already have one, so they got to take it back, save their money. I think maybe some people would appreciate honesty in cases like this.
Jan 08, 2008 @ 07:24 pm

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