We’ve all received gifts on holidays or birthdays that we don’t always like, but obviously it’s the thought that counts so you cannot be rude in any sort of way. In instances like that, why not give that gift that you may have not wanted to someone who actually does!? And obviously, there are indeed some guidelines to follow.
Let me start off first by saying at no point in time, EVER, do you want to re-gift food, cakes, cookies, pies, etc. There is an exception to this statement however… If you have guests that bring a dessert over to your house and you already have that same dessert on your table, remove YOUR duplicate and display the other dessert your guests made so whatever it is can be enjoyed by everyone there. You then can take your dessert and yes, bring it to another holiday party later that evening..
Perfumes, lotions, bath items and so on are a little tricky as well. I’m going to put the general rule out there, that if the item you plan on re-gifting is in this category, do not let more than one year go by before re-gifting. Perfumes tend to have an alcohol scent when left too long and lotions can separate inside the bottle and fade in color…You do not want to ever give a gift that looks dingy or dirty or with stains on the packaging or discoloration with the actual item itself.
Those hat, scarf, gloves combinations that you may have gotten two of last year are great and useful items to re-gift. Big blankets or throws for your sofa are other items great for re-gifting. My sister-in-law has tons of brand new blankets in her living room that people give her all the time. She would be a great candidate for re-gifting a blanket to someone this Christmas!
Items should always be clean with no dust or stains on them and keep in mind, everything that you re-gift should have some sort of tag on it unless it was handmade… People do not want to think that you just pulled a sweater you don’t wear from your closet and put it in a bag with tissue paper for them.
Whatever you choose to do this holiday season, whether you spend $5,000 on gifts, or you are like me, someone who doesn’t have access to that infamous tree with 100’s hanging from it…Re-gifting is the Recessionista way of life!