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Re-Gifting: Is it Right or Wrong?

Re-Gifting Day

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Introduced to Re-Gifting

One day while visiting one of my friends she invited me into her bedroom where she was wrapping gifts. It was Christmas time and I was a bit weary from shopping for my family. I noticed she took another big box of presents out of her closet to be wrapped.

I said: You are smart to shop ahead for Christmas. I shopped online and then went to the Mall to fight the crowds and stood in the longest checkout line. I actually took my heels off and rubbed my feet while waiting. (I could envision my mother frowning at me for the un-lady like behavior, but I kept rubbing after all I did not know these people.

She replied: I am re-gifting these gifts I received and did not need or want. These are lovely items and I do not see any sense in letting them gather dust in the attic or garage. So, I am giving them a new home in pretty paper and ribbons to be enjoyed by someone else.

At first I thought how cheap; and then my brain chip clicked in (it sometimes gets stuck due to age) as I envisioned all the presents including jewelry that I did not need or I did not like hiding at the top of my closet.

The Rules Of Re-Gifting

Shopping In My Closet

After I arrived home, I went on a shopping spree in my closet; and to my surprise most of the gifts still had the name tags on them. I smiled since I would not get mixed up and re-gift to the person who initially sent the gift to me.

However, this happened once and I simply said: You were so sweet sending one to me, so I sent you one since I usually buy for others what I would like myself. (That was received well and it was the truth that is how I shop for others.)

That day I found 32 items to re-gift; it really amazed me that I would keep all this and not use it. It became clear that re-gifting made sense and it saved money at Christmas time.

Re-gifting should always be in the same box or package. Or, get new boxes or bags with tissue paper. Re-gifting on many occasions can save money and time from shopping. One of the pluses is my closets are emptier and they are waiting for more presents that I do not like, need or they do not fit.


Frugal and Sharing

My mother would be proud of me for being frugal and sharing. And, each year I get more gifts I cannot use and if any of my friends reads this it will probably be my last year of re-gifting.

Or, they might enjoy doing it themselves to save time, gas, money; and their bodies from being exhausted from fighting the crowds.

Sometimes, I feel like I will fugal myself into orbit--one can become addicted to never having to shop--and, one can receive their own re-gifting gift from years before--like I did. Just smile and re-gift it again.

One of my friends gave me earrings that I saw her wearing to work. I wanted some like them so, I asked her where she bought them--and, she just smiled at me and didn't answer. Well, guess what--I got them at Christmas and I loved them. I re-gifted something of mine she commented that she liked--we are both happy

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My First Re-Gifting Closet List

Items I found in my first shopping spree in my closet:

  • Slippers
  • Earrings from the Bahamas
  • Shell jewelry
  • Blouses
  • Jeans with butterflies
  • Electric toothbrush
  • Makeup kits
  • Books on How to---I already had How to books collecting dust in my bookcase.
  • Hand-mixer
  • Bottle of Gin (I needed this after Christmas shopping at the Mall, but I am a wine drinker when I drink.)
  • Silver Dresser set
  • Copies of DVD (Duplications)
  • Novels from popular writers (Duplications)
  • Hummingbird Feeder
  • T-Shirts to sleep in
  • Red purse
  • Cellphone cover with sparkles
  • Totes
  • Overnight bags
  • Silk Pillowcases (2) sets
  • Foot Massager (Duplication)
  • Cocktail rings

And, that’s my list I found today in my desk which gave me the idea to write and share my re-gifting experience. I am sure I have online friends who are veterans in re-gifting and could share their experience with us newbies.

Happy re-gifting and take a cruise on what you saved.



My Aunt Said Re-Gifting is Wrong

It is now 2020, and I have not re-gifted since 2014 because I give what I cannot use or do not want away to someone who needs it.

My aunt might be right about re-gifting and I enjoyed it a short time. She said what if someone wants to return the gift and asked you for the receipt. What will you do then?

Well, I do not need any stress from re-gifting so I do not do it. I shop online so I do not have to get dressed, buy gas, go to the bank for extra cash or stand in long lines. I always disliked getting a cashier with an attitude, especially when my feet were killing me; from a long day of shopping and waiting in line to pay.

I hope this answered any questions one might have about why I do not re-gift.

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This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2014 Barbara Purvis Hunter

Comments

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on September 16, 2015:

Hi MarleneB,

I remember being thrilled the first time I got a gift that was re-gifted. My friend does it all the time and I think she is great to share something she might already have or it sits in her closet---I call it frugal sharing with love.

Thanks for your visit and have a great rest of the week.

Bobbi Purvis

Marlene Bertrand from USA on September 16, 2015:

I am a very frugal person, so I am fascinated by the idea of re-gifting. I feel like I already have so much and it would be nice to let someone else enjoy the gift.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on May 10, 2015:

Hi Tina Truelove,

Thanks for visiting and your family Christmas sounds so much fun. My nephews are all men now with their own families; so my Christmas gifting has downsized to all the young ones. However, I'm still re-gifting at birthdays and other celebrations. It is fun to do.

Have a great Mother's Day.

Bobbi Purvis

Tina Truelove on May 09, 2015:

We have several extended family Christmas gatherings so to save everyone money, we all draw names and bring "white elephant gifts." We bring things from home (like new items) or shop local dollar stores. Sometimes we keep the gifts and sometimes we save them and give them as Christmas gifts the next year. I just try to keep track and make sure they go to a different family gathering. LOL

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on March 18, 2015:

Hi Vocalcoach,

Dear Audrey,

Your beautiful smile filled my computer room with sunshine and made me smile. I am happy you like this hub---re-gifting is so much fun.

Have a wonderful Wednesday.

Bobbi

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on March 18, 2015:

Hi AudreyHowitt,

Re-Gifting is really fun and now my closest friends are doing it when they have something to share and they cannot use it.

Have a great day.

Bobbi Purvis

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on March 17, 2015:

I'm back for another visit. Just love this re-gifting hub Bobbi. I enjoy going through all my stuff to see what I have that's suitable for re-gifting. I always save the cute, decorative gift boxes and bags that my own purchases come in and re-use them as well.

Today at the local library I picked up several brand new books for 50 cents each to give as gifts. One was "The History of Baseball" that I will send to my brother for his birthday. He will love it.

The only requirement for giving any gift is that we give with love and joy.

Thank you lovely lady and give yourself a hug from me.

Audrey

Audrey Howitt from California on March 17, 2015:

What a great idea! I do regift--but sometimes I feel a little odd about it--I love the thought that these are items I don't need but that someone else does--Happy Tuesday to you!

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on February 25, 2015:

Hi pstraubie48,

I still give most of my things that I could re-gift away to ones who needs it more. I still re-gift some each year, mainly to my cousins who love it and they do the same with me.

Have a great Thursday,

Bobbi Purvis

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on February 25, 2015:

Re-gifting can be a good way to save money and to give away things we may not need or want . In one of the schools where I taught it was very affluent and at Christmas time and Valentine's Day I had to make two or three trips to my car.

So I had much to share with others.

Great suggestion.

Angels are on the way to you this afternoon ps

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on February 02, 2015:

Hi,

When I still had a career we exchanged gifts for birthdays and Christmas in our office---so I had gifts that I did not use. Now, I have just about re-gifted all my extras. I gave away a lot of things to clean out my closet.

Now, I do not get that many gifts--and I am thankful in a way. I tell my family no gifts---spend the money on your children and grandchildren.

Have a warm and happy day.

Bobbi Purvis

peachy from Home Sweet Home on February 01, 2015:

i never re gift because nobody gives me anything.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on February 01, 2015:

Hi DzyMslizzy,

I would love your fruitcake---it sounds like the one my cousin I make when we teenagers and use Daddy's rum that he thought was hidden.

And, if that was not bad enough Mama came home early and found us in the big bathtub taking a bubble bath eating fruitcake. Do I need to say restriction was my middle name growing up.

Have a happy week.

Bobbi Purvis

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on February 01, 2015:

LOL Had to laugh at the videos! That was a cute song!

I've 're-gifted' a few things in my day, but I don't do it all the time. I don't live in a circle of people who can afford to shop much for gifts; we mostly give truly practical items, or homemade goodies that are eaten up almost before the day has ended.

As far as the fruitcake joke--"there is only one that keeps re-circulating," I have to laugh. My younger daughter and I actually like fruitcake...with a caveat: not the commercial ones that tend to be dry, but our own homemade ones from my mother's recipe. It's a totally drunken cake not for consumption by those under the age of 21.

It gets baked the day after Thanksgiving, and about every 3 days thereafter until Christmas, it gets basted with whatever liquor was used in the recipe, be it sherry, rum or brandy.

By the time it's ready, you can't even cut clean, neat slices; you get broken, crumbled slices. And after a couple of slices, you wouldn't even care that you started out not liking fruitcake! LOL

Voted up, interesting, useful and funny.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on January 28, 2015:

Hi poetryman6969,

Send that fruitcake on---my sister told me at Christmas she liked them. I laughed because it is not chocolate she doesn't want it.

Bobbi Purvis

poetryman6969 on January 28, 2015:

You will be seeing my old fruitcake soon!

Some relatives who are not as blessed as we seem to like getting some of our cool old stuff.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on January 28, 2015:

Hi Writer Fox,

Thanks for the visit and reminding us to share with a loving heart to those would greatly appreciate. My friends and I do this all the time when we are cleaning out our closets we take our clothes to certain areas to share.

Thanks and have a wonderful Wednesday,

Bobbi Purvis

Writer Fox from the wadi near the little river on January 28, 2015:

You've got some great advice here. Also, I hope people remember that many charities would appreciate donations of new items, especially during the holiday season.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on January 06, 2015:

Hi Frank Atanacio,

Thanks for the visit and comment. Have a great 2015.

Bobbi Purvis

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on January 06, 2015:

I have to admit, what a great idea and a good share my friend :)

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on January 01, 2015:

Hi DDE,

Happy New Year and thanks for your visit and comment. I hope 2015 will wonderful for us both.

Bobbi

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 01, 2015:

Awesome! I like your ideas and that is an amazing hub created with so many lovely photos.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on December 26, 2014:

Hi misslong123,

I think it is a wonderful thing to pass along something to someone else who can use it. I remember once at my office party a young girl who drew my name for Christmas ask me if I would mind if she re-grifted me. She said that her family was having a difficult time at the moment. I said I would be delighted to receive a re-gift and that made her smile---which was the best gift I could receive.

Thank you for reading my hub and have a great weekend.

Bobbi Purvis

Michele Kelsey from Edmond, Oklahoma on December 26, 2014:

Voted up. I honestly thought I invented this concept until long ago I saw that exact Seinfeld episode. I began re gifting as long as I can remember. I did it because I never received gifts I liked. I always had to make sure I never gave the gift to the person that gave to me. It always saved me money so I am guilty as charged

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on December 24, 2014:

Hi ChitrnagadaSharan,

Thanks for visiting me and reading my hub. I think re-gifting is great when you can give something the person will use.

Have a wonderful holiday.

Bobbi Purvis

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on December 24, 2014:

Nice hub with useful suggestions!

I like the idea of reusing things. Sometimes I receive gifts, which I already have. For example, watches, diaries, table clock, wall hangings, other decorative items etc. I carefully keep them and re gift them appropriately.

Thanks for sharing this useful hub. Voted up!

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on December 21, 2014:

Hi Rolly,

I am happy that many share with others. My sharing awareness started when I was a Girl Scout. We had yard sales to raise money for mothers with newborns, and the ones who we called "Shut-in" who could not shop for themselves. And, we visited certain families to do their shopping and cleaning as much as young girls could clean.

I always feel blessed when I can help to make someone smile---that is what I enjoy the most in life is helping others when I can.

I wish you a wonderful Sunday in Canada with your family.

Blessing and Hugs from Florida

Bobbi Purvis

Rolly A Chabot from Alberta Canada on December 20, 2014:

Hi Bobbi...

Thanks for writing this, great idea, I have re-gifted a little but a few years ago I started to pass along the extra gift to the less fortunate through shelters etc. It is a good way to bless another with something special. While at it I go through all my other things which may be of use and pass them along as well.

Hugs and Blessings from Canada

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on November 29, 2014:

Hi tobusiness,

It makes me happy when I can share something useful that I will not use or received too much of it. I have always donated to food shelters, animal shelters and made Christmas baskets for the elderly. Christmas is not the only time of the year we humans give---we give of our time---and that cannot be wrapped and is sometimes more valuable than gold.

Have a great Holiday with your love ones,

Bobbi Purvis

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on November 29, 2014:

Great idea, you did a wonderful job of placating the friend who received her own gift. Last year, I donated to the local animal rescue center and was automatically entered into a draw. I won a large hamper of perfumes, creams and bath oils which I haven't use. Having read this hub, I now know what I'll be giving this Christmas. Voting up and useful.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on November 14, 2014:

Hi Dear Eddy,

I am happy to see you and I wish you the greatest Christmas ever with your babies.

Thanks for the visit and comment.

Bobbi Purvis

Eiddwen from Wales on November 14, 2014:

A wonderful idea Bobbi. Interesting and very useful.

Voted up ,shared and wishing you a great day ,

Eddy

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on November 02, 2014:

Hi poetryman6969,

Thanks for the cake and you might get it back so you can enjoy re-gifting.

Bobbi Purvis

poetryman6969 on November 02, 2014:

Tag.

Your it.

Here's that fruitcake.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on October 24, 2014:

Hi aviannovice,

It is nice to go shopping in my closets and dressers. When I worked I purchased items and put in my closets or dressers and forgot about them. I have Christmas gifts still in boxes and I could not believe it when I found them. Where was my mind?

Have a great weekend.

Great to hear from you,

Bobbi

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on October 24, 2014:

You're right--this is so much better than tossing these things on a closet shelf and forgetting them.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on October 21, 2014:

Hi Paula Atwell,

I agreed if they are not new then I use them in a yard sale for whatever we are raising money for at the time. Have a great weekend.

Bobbi Purvis

Paula Atwell from Cleveland, OH on October 21, 2014:

To me re-gifting is okay if the stuff is new, untouched. Otherwise I would donate the items to charity for someone else to get use out of since I wasn't.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on October 20, 2014:

Hi suzettenaples,

My computer has clicked off three times when I was replying to your comment--sorry if it left any bread crumbs.

Thanks for reading and I will visit your hubs later tonight.

Bobbi Purvis

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on October 20, 2014:

Bobbie: I enjoyed reading this article. I have re-gifted in the past and I see nothing wrong with it. If you have a gift you are not going to use and know someone who would like it and use it, then by all means re-gift. Just remember who gave you the gift so you don't re-gift it to the person who gave it to you. LOL! If I can't remember who gave me the gift, I don't re-gift it.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on October 18, 2014:

Hi rebeccamealey,

Good morning from Florida and I wish you a happy weekend. Yes, thank goodness for my friends and their savvy ways as I have learned a lot from them.

Bobbi Purvis

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on October 18, 2014:

I think your friend was very wise, frugal, green and doing the right thing!

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on October 17, 2014:

Hi Paula,

I hope everything is going great for you and when I slow down---I will catch up on my friends and their hubs.

Have a great weekend.

Bobbi Purvis

Suzie from Carson City on October 17, 2014:

Bobbi.....It seems to me there is absolutely nothing wrong with re-gifting. If you have been given something that you simply cannot or will not use, why not pass it along to someone who can appreciate it?

I'm always grateful that someone has thought of me and been kind enough to give me a gift. It wouldn't matter to me in the least if it was a re-gift!

Like this hub, Bobbi.....UP+++

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on October 17, 2014:

Hi AudreyHowitt,

Great to hear from you. Living in the country one learns to be frugal---and I am still learning.

Have a great weekend.

Bobbi Purvis

Audrey Howitt from California on October 17, 2014:

Such great ideas!

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on October 17, 2014:

Hi Dear Audrey,

I think I will clean out my dresser---it has been so long since it the last time---until it will feel like a shopping spree. I found three pairs of heels in another closet I have never worn---I forgot about them. This was when I was working and was too tired to care.

I saw in a magazine a lady gave gifts in mason and fruit jars. Her ideas were endless and so cute.

You have a great weekend your beautiful picture is smiling at me as I write. I will share more frugal ways in the future.

Your friend,

Bobbi Purvis

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on October 17, 2014:

Thanks Bobbi for sharing your re-gifting ideas. Today I clean out my closet and dresser drawers. I may even see what I can re-gift from my kitchen.

I love this frugal and good money-saving idea.

I'll post this hub on my FB page, pin on my board, share on Twitter and with my hubpage followers.

Enjoy your day you lovely, tremendous lady. Sending a hug along just for you. Audrey

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on October 08, 2014:

Hi vkwok,

Try it and see how you feel about it. You have a wonderful October in Hawaii. Thanks for your comment and visit.

Bobbi Purvis

Victor W. Kwok from Hawaii on October 07, 2014:

I haven't tried re-gifting, but I might in the future.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on October 06, 2014:

Hi,

I am sorry but that is funny. I received a re-gift of Bing Crosby records( My mother's favorite singer)---I don't think I will ever forget that because I still laugh about it. I wonder how old they must be as I have not seen records forever, that gift was way back in someone's closet.

Thanks for your visit and the comment just made my day since it is 1:07 am.

Have a great Tuesday.

Bobbi Purvis

FlourishAnyway from USA on October 06, 2014:

My sister does this and as a result my husband has received a pair of ladies sunglasses, a Chis Farley DVD (he is not a Chris Farley fan?), and a black belt two sizes too big.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on October 06, 2014:

Hi teaches12345,

It is nice to hear from you and I appreciate your comment. I am enjoying re-gifting when I think it is a great fit for the right person.

Have a great Tuesday.

Bobbi Purvis

Dianna Mendez on October 06, 2014:

I regift for the very reasons your friend mentioned. It is nice to regift an item someone else can use -- why store it away to gather dust? With the economy the way it is, others will find this message a welcome idea.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on October 06, 2014:

Hi Nell Rose,

I know I can still go shopping in my closet be surprised with what I find. Yesterday, I found a pair of earrings someone gave me as a gift, and now I am going to wear them. I know how this happens---when you work, shop and keeping a family going it is easy to just stick something in a closet and forget about it.

My mother always said: Bobbi's house is always neat and clean---just please do not open a closet. And, that is still true when I become afraid to open a closet then I make myself clean it out---go shopping in my closet.

I suppose I should do like Sunshine625, Linda and put what I don't need or want on eBay or Amazon.

Until Later,

Bobbi Purvis.

Nell Rose from England on October 06, 2014:

lol! thanks bobbi, funnily enough after reading this, I went through my wardrobe, and guess what I found? yep, in the back was an old red bag with purse! yeah!

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on October 05, 2014:

Hi,

Just honest. Have a great week.

Bobbi

Shannon Henry from Texas on October 05, 2014:

Aw, aren't you sweet!

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on October 05, 2014:

Hi shanmarie,

Thanks for your visit and comment. It is nice to have people like you in our world that is talented in making crafts and handmade gifts.

Bobbi Purvis

Shannon Henry from Texas on October 05, 2014:

Interesting perspective, though I prefer to make gifts for others if I cannot find something I think they will like or because I think they will appreciate handmade.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on October 05, 2014:

Hi Dear Linda,

You are a savvy woman and I knew you would be doing this already. You have a great week and enjoy the babies.

Later,

Bobbi Purvis

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on October 05, 2014:

I'm guilty as charged. I do re-gift but ONLY if I know the person would appreciate and could use the gift. I know people who re-gift without considering if the item will be usable...and the gift continues to collect dust. If I can't return a gift, I re-gift, give it away or sell it. This might be why I've only been receiving gift cards as gifts. Yay! Then again those could also be re-gifted! :)

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on October 04, 2014:

Hi Nell the Go Go Girl,

If I still had the red purse I would send it to you, but hang on I might get another one. You have a great Sunday.

Bobbi

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on October 04, 2014:

Hi Bill,

This is really great to share what you cannot use and save money too. It is frugal time in the country.

Bobbi

Nell Rose from England on October 04, 2014:

Its not something I have thought of doing, but now you said it...lol! I do have some things that are in the wardrobe, I kept them there after receiving them, I will have to go through them! and can I have that red purse please? LOL! great ideas Bobbi, nell

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 04, 2014:

This fits quite nicely in my frugal lifestyle and yes, we re-gift often. Great information, Bobbi, and I suspect more and more people will be doing this soon.

bill

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on October 04, 2014:

Hi Jodah,

It is great and others get to enjoy what you do not need or want. Make room somewhere in your home for gifts to re-gift and make sure you save the name tag so the person who gave it to you does not get it back.

Have a great weekend.

Bobbi Purvis

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on October 04, 2014:

This is a great idea Bobbi that I had never thought of. I often get gifts I don't want (well used to). It isn't that the item isn't good quality, just not my type of thing. Re-giving is the perfect solution. Thanks for sharing.