Regifting Rules – 5 Things You Must Check Before Regifting An Unwanted Present


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We’ve all been there. It’s your birthday or Christmas, you open a gift, and you already have it. Worse still, maybe you really do not love it (or you actually hate it). So you smile politely and say thanks, but then you’re stuck with this present you don’t want or need. Now what?


How about regifting it?


Though many people balk at the idea, regifting is the perfect way to save money, reduce the amount of waste going into landfill, and make somebody else happy with a gift you don’t want! Perfect right? Well… almost. You have to follow the rules to make sure you regift right. Here are five things you must check before passing on an unwanted present:

1. Does Anybody Want It?

It is important to think carefully about whether or not your gift is actually something anybody would really want. Think about whether the intended recipient would actually buy this themselves. Do they buy cookware online, accessories, wine, vegan food? If you consider what they tend to buy for themselves and your *insert name of unwanted gift here* does not fit the bill for them, or anyone you know, this gift is destined for charity.

2. Is It Sentimental?

If the giver finds out you have regifted something they poured their heart into, you could hurt them irreparably. Your relationship with them is worth sacrificing the cupboard space and hanging onto their offering. Indeed, it may even be worth trying to find a way to appreciate the gift. Sometimes something you think you won’t like at first can grow on you over time.

3. Does The Giftee Know The Original Gifter?

It is imperative that the person who receives the gift does not know the person who gave you the gift. You have to be stringent with this because the alternative is a horrific cringe-fest worthy of late nights recoiling in horror twenty years down the line remembering when you got ‘found out.’


Does the original gifter know the giftee on social media? Are they work colleagues? Neighbors? Explore every possible link, and only go ahead with the regifting when you are certain that there is no potential connection between the gifter and the giftee.

4. Is There Any Sign Of Personalisation On The Gift?

It’s important to check that the item you regift is not obviously a gift from somebody else to you. This includes any engraving, personal messages, or gift cards that make it identifiable as a regifted item. When this rule is not followed, the results are horrifically embarrassing for the regifter, but at least they give everyone else a good laugh.

5. Is The Gift In Good Shape?

In a rushed regifting scenario, you might find yourself accidentally grabbing an item that was okay the last time you checked. Upon opening the gift, though, the recipient looks horrified, finding that the bath bomb set you just gave them is little more than a bag of moist powder or the gourmet gift hamper is packed with out-of-date products. Save your future self the embarrassment by paying attention to the details.


Despite the potential for embarrassment, regifting is a wonderful thing to do as long as you do it right. A final word on regifting: depending on your relationship with the person who gave you the unwanted gift, you may even be able to talk to them about it and get them on board with the idea of passing it on to someone whose life it will enrich.


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