Are you a regifter?

@miccant (154)
United States
February 12, 2009 11:03am CST
I always get gifts from my in laws that are not my style so my husband says to regift them to my sister. I dont feel that is right. Last weekend as I was cleaning out my closets I filled three boxes with gifts I have never used. I was going to take them to the good will and my husband wants me to give them to my sister for her bday and christmas. What do you think? Would you regift a gift you didnt like?
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@krupesh (2608)
• India
12 Feb 09
GIFT is a thing which is given to a PARTICULAR person.Its better not to re-gift them(or is it nice to use such a word as re-gift).Just think about your in laws coming to know about re-gifting your gift to your sister.What do they feel? If you dont like the gifts which are given to you , dont use them.Instead give it to an unknown person where your in-laws cant see them again.Defenitely they will get hurt a lot when they see the gifts meant for you used by another person.
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• Philippines
13 Feb 09
i completely agree with you! a gift is thought about (at least most of them are) for a particular person. but if the person who gave it to you made a mistake of thinking that you want it or need it, then just give it to another person but not as another gift. it's like giving your younger sister used clothes or clothes that don't fit you anymore. i also agree that if you're going to give that gift to another (not as another gift, mind you)person, give it to one who does not know the person who gave it to you. in that case, there is no chance to hurt the feelings of gifter. = )
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@krupesh (2608)
• India
13 Feb 09
thx for your valuable time & agreeing with me rita..happy mylotting
@tasha19 (254)
• United States
12 Feb 09
im a regifter i dont see the point of having the present that i dont like cause im never gonna use it. its just gonna sit i might as well give it to someone that might use it or do what i did give it to someone else. the only thing that sucks about it. is that you might forget who gave it to you, and you might accidently give them theyre present back. haha.
@jsitko (1169)
• United States
12 Feb 09
Yes, I am a re-gifter. There have been many gifts I have received that I had no use for or did not like. I do not think there is anything wrong in re-wrapping these gifts for someone else. They may like it or have better use for it. I do not see the sense in holding onto a gift that you are not going to find useful or that does not go with other things in your house. If you have another family member or friend that may have a better liking or use for it, then give it away with pride. There have been a few times where I have even sold a gift that I received at a yard sale as brand new. No harm no foul.
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@bubbletush (1334)
• Philippines
12 Feb 09
i do not "recycle" or regift gifts. i instead donate them.
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• Canada
12 Feb 09
I'm all for regifting! If I can't use it or don't like it I'm the kind of person who will ask for the receipt to get something else (I know someone who does that and find it rude). I think that as long the person who gave it to you doesn't know then it's fine. It also saves you some money. And, sometimes I wonder if the person who gave me the gift didn't regift it to me!
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@daneg33 (1131)
• Canada
12 Feb 09
I would regift something that I didn't like if I thought someone else would really like it. If you think the gifts are not in your sister's taste either, I would just take the stuff to the goodwill like you originally planned.
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@34momma (13896)
• United States
13 Feb 09
I sure will. I think it's a great idea to give things you personally don't care for to someone who just might love it. You get rid of something you don't want, you give someone something they may want, and save money on buying a gift. I say that's a win win win!!
@benny128 (3622)
13 Feb 09
I would re-gift well to be honest I would prob sell the item on the many sites online not mentioning any names. As the gift was personal so if I can make abit of cash and buy something that was useful I would feel better than just giving it away as its the thought that counts. Also in this throw away society whats the point in having unwanted stuff in your wardrobe or in a land fill may aswell find a home for your un-wanted gift so that the new person will appreciate it and it doesnt add to our enviromental problems. Also I tend not to get gifts anymore as have kids and I also say to people not to buy me anything but to put something into the kids trust funds for their future if they really want to spend any of their money. As think thats the more responsible thing to do.
@redberry (178)
• Philippines
13 Feb 09
Please don't do that. regifting is just plain rude. I got ton's of gifts during my wedding last 2007 and up to this very day, everything is still piling up in a place somewhere upstairs. As much as I would like to regift them I just can't. it's just not right. What I did was, slowly giving some of those gifts to people who need them. I just gave it to those who asked for it. I got 10 different rice cookers, and now there's only 4 left. The rest were asked by my relatives, I just gave it to them. My point is, you even received gifts that you didn't use or like. It may just end up the same way with your sister. It would be great to give her a thoughtful gift, something that she would really use in a daily basis.
• China
13 Feb 09
yes, i'm also a regifter. i'd like to give the gift i can make no use of to my friend who can profit with it. this way, everyone will feel happy.
@gracie04 (4555)
• Philippines
13 Feb 09
Yes.. Whenever I receive presents from friends that i don't like, i try to recycle the gifts and give it to someone else.. just like last christmas, i have recycled the gifts i've kept in my closet and give it away to some maintenance staff here in our condo (bags, shirts, wallets, etc)...
@maezee (32312)
• United States
13 Feb 09
I feel like if you "re-gift" something, you should at least make sure the person you'll be giving to is expecting or would want something like that - otherwise if you buy them something that is completely out-of-the-blue, I feel like they are going to suspect that you're regifting it. I would just give them to the good will, sell them on Ebay or Craigslist, or re-gift them to people you don't know quite as well, such as co-workers or colleagues; not your sister.
@skyle487 (17)
• Philippines
13 Feb 09
yup. regifting is better than throwing the stuff away or letting it accumulate in some dark corner of the house until it goes out of style or totally useless. of course, i look for people whom i think the gift would be most suited for. who knows, maybe they don't like it and give it to someone else, too and someday it finally gets on the hands of someone who will actually like it. ;)
@aisaellis22 (6449)
• United States
13 Feb 09
Hello miccant! Hmm..you made me think about it. Well, if for practical reasons, regifting is practical. But what I am afraid of is that what would the person feel if he/she saw that the gift that he gave was used by other person. I would really offend me. I mean, if I am the one who gave you the gift it would really hurt me. But then, if we look at the other side of the story, if we won't gave it to others who might not like it, the gift would probably go into waste. But maybe you can do some alternatives, make it a collection at your house. I guess it's a good idea collecting gifts, right?