Are You a Regifter?

It's still early in the holiday shopping season, but instead of heading to the mall or jumping online, are you already contemplating "shopping your closet" and regifting a few things you have on hand?

That is all well and good, especially as millions of people "Kondo" their homes or simply look for ways to recycle or repurpose things they do not use.

Photo: Getty Images

Photo: Getty Images

But to avoid an awkward situation ("Ooh…I love this Balsam-scented Christmas Candle!  Just as much as when I gave it to you last year.") and potentially making the recipient uncomfortable, here are a few "dos and don't of regifting" that I am sharing on TV segments this month:

  • While the rules of regifting have changed, the etiquette of how to receive a gift remains the same.  Accept every gift graciously, and thank the person who gave it to you promptly and in an appropriate manner.  
  • Only give the item if it is something that you would buy new for that person.  Do not give something that screams “regifting”, including old candles or scented soaps with waxy flakes covering the inside of the plastic packaging, obsolete electronics, or things that are not in absolutely new, pristine condition.
  • Great items for regifting?  Current clothing and accessories or décor items that suit the recipient’s style; current books; wine & spirits; and gift cards.
  • If you give gift cards, only give them for stores/web sites/restaurants the recipient shops and check to make sure the full balance is still on the card.
  • Remove any cards from the original package, and make sure the item has not been monogrammed or personalized in any way.
  • Make a beautiful presentation.  Wrap the item in a new box with fresh seasonal gift wrap, or in an elegant gift bag wrapped in colorful tissue.

Have you ever been caught regifting, or have you been on the receiving end of an obvious regift?  Confess here - or share your story below!  How did you handle the situation?