Merry Christmas everyone! Did Santa bring you what you hoped for? Well no worries if not because nowadays it seems that regifting has become quite a ‘thing’. What do you think about it? Are you a regifter? Is regifting Christmas presents really that bad?
There are lots of arguments against regifting and I can’t help but agree with some of them. If someone has gone to the trouble and expense of buying a gift for you, thoughtful/appropriate or not, then surely it should be gratefully received rather than passing it on to someone else? Is it not the thought that counts at the end of the day? There are also a number of worthier alternatives such as donating unwanted gifts to good causes and with the number of homelessness and poverty on the increase, every little bit really does help.
However for many reasons maybe regifting isn’t that bad after all? A comment from a close family member who will remain nameless so I don’t land her in it was that regifting avoids a ‘Waste of a gift… it’s like recycling…everyone wins!’ I can also understand the reasoning behind selling unwanted gifts on to raise some cash or doing your bit in the war against waste by recycling gifts through regifting rather than them eventually ending up in landfill. There’s also the sad reality that for some families experiencing hardship, regifting or selling on unwanted presents may be the only way to get by and ensure there’s food on the table especially over Christmas. What are your thoughts?
My immediate reaction is horror at the very thought of regifting. I’m such a klutz that would no doubt end up regifting back to the person that I received the present from and it’s this fear, which ultimately stops me from regifting. However even though I don’t do it, I do get it.
Here’s what some of my fellow bloggers had to say about regifting.
“If I’m ever given something that I know I won’t use, I can only regift if someone sprang to mind who would love it immediately (and never the person who it was from!) I would rather donate unwanted gifts to a school fete or charity shop where I know it would help a good cause. I would never be offended if anyone regifted anything I had bought them- as long as they didn’t regift it back to me!”
Karen Whitlock, Stopping at Two
“I don’t really agree with it………..I’m the ultimate non-hoarder. I’d take it back to the shop or take to a charity shop though rather than regift.”
Lesley Sainty, PlaceswithEd
“Regifting is a brilliant solution for giving unwanted gifts a new loving home. It’s the Reduce, Reuse and Recycle of the festive season!”
Jamie Collier, Thrifty Mumma Thrifty Bubba
“I think regifting is part of the recycling process. Reuse, reduce and recycle. I’m also a fan of money saving and making the pennies stretch and regifting helps with this.”
Sarah Lillico, SarahBethBlogs
So there you have it, lots of reasons for and against regifting Christmas presents. I’ll leave you to make your own mind up as to whether it really is that bad. Let me know in the comments?
A Merry Christmas to you all!
Lady Janey x