How to Re-Gift

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Gift-giving is expensive.

For goodness sake! I spent over a grand for Christmas and got roughly five gifts in return. Please, keep in mind – I am a broke person with college debts.

Darn those baby poppers!

The average American spends about $630 on gifts —the bulk of a $1,000-plus total holiday budget. A little salt to the wound would be – we aren’t too fond of those we give gifts too. I’m quite certain the feeling is completely mutual.

It is known that we all receive at least one unwanted gift during the holidays. If you’re my age – you don’t even get gifts anymore – being an adult definitely sucks.

Fortunately, there’s a grey line between being cheap and a hot money cow – yeah I didn’t understand what I wrote either. The thin wonderous line that save you loads of money would be, ready for it?!




I mean – reduce, reuse, recycle…right?

Unless, you want to see the gift being sold online – guilty!

Here’s how to do it right.

1. Saving the ‘One man trash is another man treasure’ in one box

Okay, that sounds mean, but eh it’s catchy to me.

You want to effectively and systematically regift over time, which can be done if you keep track of all the gifts. This mean – you cannot give a co-worker a gift you receive last week, from another co-worker.

I keep a big cardboard box in my closet and toss potential regifts inside, which also includes items I can sell, but that’s a discussion for another day. Once in a while, I use them as a gift for a WattPad contest, but that’s pretty much it.

A quick note – a little post it with the name of who you got it from is a good idea!

2. Thoughts

You need to know whether the person actually want the gift or else it will be another re-gift! Aim to personalize!

I recommend wrapping the item in a sweet and loving gift way with a cute little note that says you care when in reality you kind of don’t, but you only see each other once a year so it’s okay.

3. The Act

A fake smile goes a long way. If you’re sitting in the corner of the room eating spaghetti like you haven’t for ten years during the holidays gathering, the alarm will set off.

4. When Not

Regifting can potentially create enemies.

One, if the person who gave you the gift caught you.

Two, if the person you gave the gift to knows it’s a re-gift.

Regifting should not create enemies that will give you crappier gifts each year and it shouldn’t become a standard to pass off an item you don’t want – even if it’s true.

The rules I follow are:

  1. Do not re-gift items that seem personal and made just for you.
  2. Do not re-gift in a tight-knot group of friends and families.
  3. Do not re-gift in the same social circle – i.e co-workers or similar friends.

When in the field, play safe. Remember, when playing a game – you play not to lose. It’s okay to lose a battle, not the war. Be selective. Be prepared. Be organized!

Happy gift giving!