Have you ever re-gifted an item or present that you have owned in the past? Well, I think re-gifting is the best way to remain economical and bless someone with a great item that has brought you joy in the past. But there are rules for re-gifting. Here are some “specifics” that I have found from my own experience:
- TOYS (stuffed animals, board games, puzzles, DVD/CDs, electronic games)– must be gently used, has all of its pieces, is age appropriate, not scratched or defective in any way, comes with batteries and accessories that are needed to operate.
- ELECTRONICS (cell phones, computers, cameras, e-readers, etc.)– Be sure that it is still in good working condition, make sure it has batteries, SD cards or hardware has been replaced or erased, comes with charger and other accessories that are needed to operate, the manual (if you still have it..most info is online now). If there are defects, acknowledge them in a short note.
- CLOTHING (womens/mens clothes, shoes, scarfs, coats)- is gently worn (or never worn), no tears or visible stains, the right size, still in fashion, has been washed or dry cleaned. Never re-gift sleepwear, underwear, stockings/socks or gym wear.
- HOSTESS GIFTS- most host/hostess gifts come pre-wrapped, make sure you know what is in the wrapped package before re-gifting. It make be something you already have or a wine/dessert that you know someone else would like. Never just exchange gifts from one hand to another without knowing what it is (unless you are playing white elephant).
- BOOKS– make sure that you have not written in it, highlighted any portion of it, turned down the pages, torn any pages, or if it is a children’s book, written that child’s name inside the book. Every gift should be given as if it was especially prepared for them.
The best way to present a re-gifted item is to attach a personal note about how important the item was to you and how you would like to pass along the greatness and not let it go to waste.
I hope that you find these tips helpful if you decide to re-gift this year.