Regifting! Many of us do it. Few of us own up to it. The problem is the word itself. To my ears, "regifting" sounds underhanded or dubious.
And there's nothing wrong with recycling gifts. If don't like knitting kits, but my neighbor Joannie is a big knitter, what's wrong with re-packaging the knitting kit from Aunt Ida and giving it to Joannie? Passing along the right gifts to the right owners is good karma and very frugal. Why should a perfectly good present turn to dust in my closet simply because it's found the wrong owner?
Recycled gifts are great for holidays, children's birthday parties and other events.
I have four rules for recycling gifts.
1. Be mindful. It's the thought that counts. Really. Mindless recycling is a waste of energy, time and materials. Take the time to really match the right gift to the right person.
2. Make sure the present is in good shape. If it's all dinged up and the package has become very un-gently worn, then I'll just give it to a thrift store.
3. Rewrap. Refreshen. Make the decorations your own before passing it on.
4. Keep Track! Don't give the gift back to the original giver.
Meanwhile, this MSN piece by MP Dunleavey features 12 great tips for "re-gifting" or whatever you want to call it.
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