Do you reGift an item to someone who would like it??

United States
January 24, 2010 5:15pm CST
I always try to appreciate that the person went to the trouble of picking out something for me as a gift that they thought I'd like. But this past year, I got a gift that just was never going to be used, It was a lovely set of steam curlers which I'd been very surprised about since I have straight hair but do use a Curling Wand at times. It's a great set and top quality but just not me.. It was from a family member on my hubby's side who don't see alot. She was sure I'd love it and on one hand, I did appreciate the gesture but it's not going to see the light of day. So I do have a friend who does curl her hair with curlers since we've gone to the Salon together and I know she uses them. Her birthday is coming up next month and I am thinking about giving her the Steam Curlers and a special lunch for just the 2 of us. What do you think? Is it wrong to regift? Please share your thoughts and if you've ever regifted or been regifted to??
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• Philippines
25 Jan 10
Why not? If you think your friend can use it then give it to her. I bet she wouldn't know that it was a re-gift. Just make sure that she didn't know the person who gave it to you or there will be no instance that they will meet in the near future
• United States
25 Jan 10
I think she'd love it! I know that she sets her curls every few days and has a body wave that was just done a few weeks back. The women who gave it to me lives several states away and we alternate visiting so she'll never come in contact with my friend. That's a good point tho,,someone's feelings could get hurt if they found out. My girlfriend would likely not mind but my hubby's aunt likely would. Thanks for sharing!! Be Well!
@kbkbooks (7022)
• Canada
24 Jan 10
I don't mind receiving stuff that is regifted. The reason I regift things is usually because I have received something I probably won't use myself. It is not that I don't appreciate the giver sentiment. In fact, I really think it's great if someone goes to the trouble of picking out a gift. The truth remains however that there are often things one receives that are duplicates of other things already owned or simply not used by the receiver. I don't think there is anything wrong with regifting if you don't come right out and boast to the original giver and make sure you aren't giving it back to the original giver. The fact is, regifting can be quite useful in practice. This past Christmas I was given a gift card for a place I just don't shop. I then needed a gift for someone else and I gave them the gift card and they were very pleased.
• United States
25 Jan 10
You made a GREAT Point! I wouldn't mind at all if someone regifted to me something that they knew I'd enjoy! In fact, I think it would be a good thing that the item is being used and someone apprecites it. Gift giving can be tricky and I have a few folks that are just tough to please so I do my best and if I found out they regifted an item I gave them that wasn't a hit, it wouldn't bother me! Thanks for sharing! You just made me feel lots better about the whole thing! Take care!
@JenInTN (27514)
• United States
26 Jan 10
I don't think there is anything wrong with regifting if you think that someone will get more use out of it or enjoy it more. There's no use keeping something around that your not even going to use.