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Author Topic: If You Are Going to Regift, How About Not Letting Me Know?  (Read 9571 times)

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Re: If You Are Going to Regift, How About Not Letting Me Know?
« Reply #30 on: January 07, 2014, 10:30:31 AM »
To me, regifting is one of those things where when it's done well, you never notice; you only notice when someone botches it, like by telling you about it or giving you something you had given them previously or presenting as new something obviously used. I think a lot of regifting goes on that people never notice, because the regifter is discreet and organized about it.

Also, I think attitude is important--not necessarily in an etiquette sense, but more in shaping the opinion of a third party. If someone's like, "I've got to get a gift for X, but I really don't care about it, so I will give them this generic thing I had lying around the house that I don't even know or care if they'll like"--if that's the only thing you ever hear about regifting, I can totally understand seeing it in a negative light. To me, that's in the same category as going out to buy, brand-new, a generic gift for someone, without caring whether they really like it or not. Yes, you had to put slightly more effort into it because you went out and spent money, but you certainly didn't put anymore thought or goodwill into it.

But I think it's also possible to regift with the attitude of, "This thing I happen to already have, which I don't really care for and haven't used, would be perfect for X! I would probably have bought it for X brand-new if I'd seen it in a store and didn't already have it." Give me that any day over someone handing over an obligatory, thoughtless gift.


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Re: If You Are Going to Regift, How About Not Letting Me Know?
« Reply #31 on: January 07, 2014, 12:17:24 PM »
I don't know. In reading this, I can see it playing out where she genuinely loved the calendar. Then she discovered she was short one gift since someone ate the chocolates. And she needs it asap because she's meetng clients. So, faced with a choice between going out shopping the day or two after Xmas or finding something she already owns, she made this choice. You couldn't pay me to go to a store right after Xmas.

i was thinking this same thing. especially if the calender perfectly represented what her company does. regifted out of panic, maybe?


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Re: If You Are Going to Regift, How About Not Letting Me Know?
« Reply #32 on: January 07, 2014, 01:37:47 PM »
I agree with majority. If done with sincere thoughts that I would like it thats fine and if its not obviously used. One of hubbys Aunts "gifted" her daughters old shoes to my daughter and wrapped it up in christmas wrapping paper for daughter was hurt since they were obviously used and a hand me down with no thought put it in


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Re: If You Are Going to Regift, How About Not Letting Me Know?
« Reply #33 on: January 07, 2014, 02:26:31 PM »
I've regifted once and it was a stunning success, but unusual circumstances.

I was MOH when my college roomie/best friend got married.  My gift was a Tiffany pearl necklace.  Astoundingly generous on her part, but apparently we had never had that convo where I explain I loathe pearls.  I won't even buy a watch with a mother-of-pearl face. 

So it sat in its box and I re-gifted to my stepmom for Christmas.  She was beyond thrilled,, but uncomfortable with what she thought I'd spent.  I ended up telling her the truth, and that I thought of her immediately when I opened it. 

The friend in the OP had some bad timing, but I don't think she did anything terribly wrong.


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Re: If You Are Going to Regift, How About Not Letting Me Know?
« Reply #34 on: January 07, 2014, 03:12:37 PM »
I have a "gift shelf" in the linen closet.  Things that I find here & there during the year (sales, something that I see that is "perfect" for someone else and they haven't mentioned buying one already, or sometimes something that I buy for myself that turns out to be the wrong size & can't be returned - I may pull a last minute gift out due to having been too busy or too sick to go shopping; it may be a source for a White Elephant gift [a purple purse that was too small to hold MY stuff got stolen at the Red Hat Society group's Christmas party and a wallet too small for me - no check book - ended up going home with another family member....not as her present, because that got shipped to her house, but as a "place keeper" until she got home because it got delivered two days late...the day after they left home]).

If a "place keeper" gets passed along to someone else - I don't take it personally - it might have been "next year's White Elephant" or it might have been donated to a garage sale fund raiser....but I would not have been using it, since it had no -place to put a checkbook).
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