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Should You Re-Gift this Holiday Season?

One of the biggest tricks in the frugal gift giving [3] book is re-gifting. What better way to save money on gifts to others than using something that you didn’t even have to buy?

However, re-gifting is not always the way to go. You want to be careful about how you re-gift, and make sure that you are doing so in an appropriate manner.

What Can You Re-Gift?

First of all, it’s important to identify which items are best for re-gifting. Personal items are usually a no-no, along with health care items and clothing. Also, you don’t want to re-gift something that is broken, or that has been sitting in storage for a long time. Re-gifting these types of items make it obvious that you are re-gifting, and it is clear that you don’t have a very high regard for the recipient. Unless you are re-gifting at a white elephant party [4], don’t give items that you received as a joke.

Instead, think about re-gifts as you would other gift items. Make sure that the item fits the style of the recipient. Make sure that it is in its original packaging, and that all of the parts are there. It’s best not to re-gift something that has been opened. If you think that you might re-gift an item, don’t open it.

Some of the items that make ideal re-gifts include small appliances, home decor, kitchen items, and other simple mementos. Before you re-gift, make sure that you are truly providing something that the recipient will enjoy. Let’s try to keep it classy.

Tips for Appropriate Re-Gifting

Before you decide to re-gift that item, consider the following rules for appropriate re-gifting:

If something is in good condition, but won’t make a good re-gift, you can donate it to charity (hooray for the tax deduction [5]) or save it for some sort of prize at a school carnival or dinner party.

What do you think of re-gifting?

(Photo: FutUndBeidl [6])