What are your thoughts on regifting? – Lisa of Edmonton
Regifting is definitely an eco-friendly form of recycling.
I know guilt holds many people back. My advice is to get over it.
Regifting doesn’t have to carry an air of insincerity and thoughtlessness.
There are times when it’s appropriate, and maybe even appreciated.
It’s couth to regift a book you’ve read.
Hand-me-downs or a used coffee grinder? Not so much.
That’s what Craigslist, Freecycle and clothing-donation bins are for.
You can regift right out in the open – host a regifting-themed holiday exchange at work or with the family.
Regifting is not just a way to get rid of bad gifts; it’s also a way to find them new homes with people who will appreciate them.
Even Oprah condoned regifting on her Favourite Things episode back in 2008. And if Oprah says it’s OK…
Keep in mind a few general rules: regift unto others as you would have them regift unto you.
And let common sense prevail.
Don’t use a gift before regifting it and do not give something back to the original gift-giver.
The latter is a common rookie mistake but one you’ll make only once -and if nothing else, it always makes for a great story.