There is nothing wrong with regifting – as long as you follow the rules. I’d rather give something to someone who will actually use it then see it sit in my closet. The one rule you can NEVER break: don’t regift within the same circle of friends. If Friend A sees Friend B using or wearing something they gave YOU, you may end up outside that circle.
These are the things you should NEVER regift:
- A box you haven’t opened – Are you sure there’s a blender in that box with a picture of a blender on it? It could be a box that the gift-giver used because it fit and was easy to wrap. And you don’t want to “give” someone a blender only to have them open the box and find … slippers.
- Anything homemade – Sure those cookies are lovely but what if the person you regift them to has a food allergy in their home and you don’t know the ingredients because YOU didn’t bake them. Dangerous.
- Something you’ve used once – The Magic Bullet was a great idea until you tried it and found out your blender does the same thing. You may NOT clean it, rebox it, and regift it.
- Partially used gift cards – Tacky tacky tacky.
- Anything monogrammed or personalized – This should be obvious. I guess if you have a friend with the EXACT same initials you can get away with it though.
- An Ugly Christmas Sweater – Sure, they’re the rage right now but not everyone thinks they are funny and wants to wear one.
- Fruit Cake – No one wants it, no one eats it and the fruit cake you just received is probably from last Christmas.