by Gloria Petersen
Are we so caught up in the need to recycle that we do the same with gifts? Simply stated, “regifting” refers to receiving a gift that you do not want and then pass it on as a gift to someone else — so as not to “waste” the gift. Depending upon how it is handled, it can be a good gesture or a hurtful experience. Certainly, much depends on the motive behind the gift exchange.
There are mixed feelings about regifting, so be careful. Keep in mind that when you wrap a gift, the recipient assumes that you purchased the gift especially for him or her. This is where it gets touchy. A better alternative would be to give a gift that you cannot use (unwrapped) to a charity or to someone as a token of thanks. If you must regift, follow these three tips:
- The gift should be very nice and something you are certain the recipient will enjoy.
- There should be no possibility that the original gift giver will find out that you passed the gift on to someone else.
- There should be no possibility that the recipient will find out you did not purchase the gift or that you are giving them a gift you received from someone else. It could cost you a friendship!
What are your tips?