Be Open About Your Regifts To Avoid Embarassment

We've mentioned ways to regift without guilt (or getting caught) before, but sometimes it can be hard to hide the fact that you're giving an old gift to someone else. Deal finder Dealnews recommends being open about regifting to avoid the issues it presents.

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It happens to all of us at some point — we get a gift that we have no use for, for one reason or another, and we get the temptation to give it to someone else. After all, no one likes to see things go to waste. The folks over at are trying to shatter the bad connotation regifting has by promoting National Regifting Day, the day before Christmas Eve. Contrary to some other advice, recommends embracing the holiday and being open about your regifts:

If you've got a regift, flaunt it. Many office parties suffer from the pathetic patina of co-workers trying conjure enthusiasm for half-hearted giving. You could always enclose a note explaining National Regifting Day, and why you're trying to make a difference without compromising on gift quality. (Enclosing a coffee shop gift card as a little bonus might not hurt, either.)

Of course, if that still feels like dangerous territory, hosting something like a White Elephant Gift Exchange (or a White Elephant Regift Exchange) might be an even better option — everyone gets to get rid of their old stuff, other folks can benefit from it, and everyone has a bit of fun.

What do you think? Do you think being open about regifting could make it easier on everyone? Or do you prefer to be stealth about your regifts? Let us know in the comments, and hit the link to read more about avoiding the embarassment of regifting.

Season's Repeatings: How to Regift and Not Get Caught [Dealnews via Consumerist]


    Is it just me, or is this terrible advice? If someone I gave a gift to told me they don't like it and will be gifting it to someone else, I'd be heartbroken.

      I'd be happy to know that they got some use out of a shit gift!

      Tough call. I'd prefer to think of it as constructive criticism. After all, how could you get a gift so monumentally wrong that the giftee doesn't want it?

    When I was 10 I was given a 2nd-hand gift, and my sister and BIL were worried I might be offended.

    Almost 40 years later, I still have it.

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