What, you might ask, is regifting? Regifting, according to Wikipedia is “the act of taking a gift that has been received and giving it to somebody else in the guise of a new gift.” Many times has it been the subject of humour in TV and film (like Seinfeld, which I’ve finally started watching and ‘Old School’ with Will Ferrell which I caught on DVD lately) but I can’t say I would ever do it myself.
Not only that, but seemingly there’s certain etiquette about it as well
- The primary rule is not to give a gift back to the person who gave it to you.
- Similarly, regifting to someone who knows the original giver carries the risk of exposing both your lack of attachment to the gift, and your failure to select and purchase a new gift for the recipient.
- One should remove any cards and other indicators that the gift was originally given to you.
- Finally, using the gift before regifting it â€” so that it is no longer “new” â€” is generally considered inappropriate.
It is big around Christmas in relation to presents and certainly big in the US but starting to creep into Irish society a bit as well. So, Regiftable.com was established, to “help you get through the season with your budget and sanity intact”.
But, if that’s what you’re into – regifting – you can find all about it on Regifting.com, including reading some success stories and garnering a few tips on how to pull it off.
If you do regift – shame on you!