Is Regifting Gauche?

in Christmas, Humor

Given the tighter economic times we live in, the subject of Re-Gifting for Christmas has come up again in many conversations I have had with different folks. May as well get into the festive spirit and start this deep financial discussion up, about whether regifting (or giving someone a gift you previously received) is gauche or not.

As a method of de-cluttering your house, regifting can be a very effective technique for clearing out junk that is in your basement. If you have 4 deluxe cheese straighteners or worse 4 calling birds and you feel you don’t need these backups, giving them to your friends might be a good thing (for your basement). If your friend is in dire need of either of these gifts, they would appreciate receiving it as well (and thus it is a Win-Win for you).

From a Personal Finance point of view, regifting is ideal, because you don’t spend any money on it (OK, you bought wrapping paper, but that better be it), which is just fantastic!

I know of one very fun Christmas party where you brought a gift, but it had to be a re-gifted gift, and then we had to pick a present, but then the next person could take your gift, or one from the pile of gifts. This ended up being a great deal of fun, and a lot of crap left folks’ basements too. The only unfortunate part was that some folks took their new found crap home (I left mine at the bar).

The best type of regifting would be to simply find useful things and donate them to Goodwill or the Salvation Army (no they don’t want your Deluxe Cheese Straightener either). This is the highest level of regifting, and if anyone asks where the present went that you gave them, say you gave it to the Goodwill, because you thought it was that good of a gift, or you could simply say it got broken and you had to throw it out (the danger then is your friend might buy you another one, with this answer).

Another Fruit Cake the ultimate regifting

Oh Joy! Fruitcake!

A Simple Rule of Regifting

I don’t really have a big problem with folks Regifting stuff I gave them, but I do have one very simple rule:

Big Caj’s Only Rule of Regifting: Don’t give me back something I gave you, or I will urinate on your front steps

I believe I did amend that rule to also include Fruitcakes (the confectionery thing, not other uses for that word), anybody who gives me a Fruitcake, please expect some yellow ice on the walkway.

I may have other helpful holiday gift ideas as the season approaches, but if you have other good gift ideas, please send them to me, I’d love to hear them.

Ho, Ho, Ho….

{ 6 comments }

  • Elizabeth November 21, 2010, 7:04 PM

    Hi All,

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  • Sandy @ yesiamcheap November 18, 2010, 10:00 PM

    There is nothing wrong with regifting…within reason. I regifted a nice Tiffany bowl to my mom because I knew that she would love it and I am not a Tiffany kind of girl. However, you most DEFINITELY can not give someone something that they gave you!!! That’s the first rile of regifting. The second rule is to give something to someone that will appreciate it. If you know that someone won’t like it, don’t give it.

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  • Bret @ Hope to Prosper November 18, 2010, 3:58 PM

    Regifting sucks. It’s like saying, “I really don’t care about you enough to get you a gift”. Urination is more than justified for regifters.

    If you are cheap (like my brother) or just low on funds, buy someone a card or a cheap bottle of wine to let them know you care.

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  • Joe November 17, 2010, 9:06 PM

    I have no real problem with re-gifting, especially since it’s getting more and more difficult to get people really interesting gifts and not just the same cheap stuff from Target or BestBuy that everyone gets them, too. But I’d have to agree with you on giving me a gift I gave you. That’s a no-no.

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  • larry macdonald November 17, 2010, 6:10 AM

    Can I hire you to urinate on my brother’s front steps?

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    • bigcajunman November 17, 2010, 6:56 AM

      Only if he gives me a Fruitcake, I have my standards.

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