Re-gifting follows all the concepts of a sustainable lifestyle. It makes such good sense. If you can’t use it or don’t care for it, why not pass it on to someone who would enjoy it. And if they also don’t care for it they can pass it along. I’m not suggesting that it become the “proverbial fruit cake” that never finds a grateful recipient. But if it’s a nice gift except for the fact that you have no use for it…why not?
The most important thing to remember about re-gifting is the possibility of re-gifting to the original giver….a cardinal sin. To avoid massive embarrassment or hurt feelings make sure there’s no way the giver or receiver will ever know that it was passed along. Do not display it in your home or wear it first…duh. Put it directly into your cache of giftable items, tagged with the name of the original giver. It goes without saying that one does not re-gift within the same circle of friends or family.
There’s a real art to re-gifting. It’s not for the disorganized or faint of heart. Truthfully, re-gifting is not for everyone. It’s a delicate endeavor. But if you can manage it, it’s a real time and money saver not to mention sustainable.
Because I am a committed re-gifter it wouldn’t hurt my feelings at all if I was given a previously gifted item. In fact, if I knew it…kudos to the giver.
And now, my friends and family, those gifts I've given you or you've given me....makes you wonder doesn't it? But if I've re-gifted gracefully, you'll never know. And It Is The Thought That Counts!