May 2, 2013 in Uncategorized
We all know that most people do it. It is just one of those things we don’t advertise to the world. Re-gifting. Recycling. AKA finding a good home for a gift you don’t like or cannot use. No-one likes to own up to it so I’ll go first. I have a really sweet and thoughtful relative who often gives tops which unfortunately don’t always fit me (although I am very flattered she thinks I’m an XS). Add to this, the fact that I’m a rather conservative dresser - so very loud and busy animal prints don’t really suit me, (neither did the bright red, one shouldered top received one Christmas) and you will see my point. BUT because I love this aunt and because I appreciate the thought she puts into each gift I try to make the most of it. I will give it to someone I know can pull off one-sleeve tops and on occasion I have worn the busy animal print t-shirts while cleaning the house. Yes I look like a human Zebra with a vacuum cleaner but so be it.
The point is I don’t re-gift these AS gifts – I give them for no special occasion to someone who I know can use it. I don’t save it up for a birthday or Christmas which apparently sets me aside from serial re-gifters. I still have a laugh at the time I received a pack of fragranced shelf covers. You know those big, thick sheets of paper you put in your wardrobe or drawers? Yes it did look slightly opened. Yes the frangrance had dissapeared. Yes there was even one missing. Which makes me think the gift giver made a genuine mistake because no-one would purposely give a half opened gift? Or maybe I’ve missed something (and it wasn’t just the one sheet of frangrance-free paper?)
My in-laws are fabulous gift-re-givers. Even the gift bag is re-used over and over. And not in the – no tag attached and slightly crinkled way - but in the way they will give a grown up a bag which was previously given to a baby. For the record I don’t disagree with re-using gift bags in the least but at least make it look like it was meant for the person who is having a special day. You wouldn’t give a Christmas gift bag to someone in June for instance!
The thing with re-gifting is no-one EVER says something. We all just ooh and aah over the very-obviously-re-gifted item and then make a mental note who to unload it onto.
Serial re-gifters are known to make a note of who gave what to avoid uncomfortable situations. Perhaps the receiver in the next story should have had a pen and paper ready when she unwrapped her present….. One of my cousins gave a close relative of hers a really special gift for her birthday. It was as my cousin confirmed so nice – she would have really liked one for herself. They say we should be careful what we wish for and I think it is very true in this case. A few months later guess what found its way back to my cousin? Yes - her original gift was given back by the original receipient. Without batting an eyelid this lady handed over the gift to my cuzzie and thought all was well with the world. That takes guts. Or sheer stupidity.
What are your thoughts on re-gifting? Is it clever or cheap?