When it comes to gift giving, it’s the thought that counts, right? Well, yes… until all those lovely thoughts start overrunning your garage.
There isn’t a person out there who doesn’t have a deep fryer from Aunt Jane or a popcorn maker from Uncle Tommy that they know they’ll never use. Accept those gifts graciously, but don’t be afraid to pass them along to a home that will truly appreciate them. That’s right, we’re giving you permission to regift!
Now just make sure you don’t get caught in the act. If you’re going to start regifting this holiday season, you need to learn how to do it right. That’s why we’ve created a three-step guide to regifting and getting away with it.
1. Keep a notepad handy. This will allow you to jot down the name of the person who gave you an unwanted item before you forget. Remember when you did exactly this while opening all those gifts after your wedding? This time, it’s almost the same task, except you won’t be recording the names of the people you’d like to thank. Keeping this type of list will ensure you never regift the wrong person. Imagine accidentally giving your second cousin that fluorescent green soap dispenser she gave you last Christmas? Busted!
2. Play the matching game. Include the names of all gift givers, plus their untouched presents, on a spreadsheet. Once these details are nicely organized, create a column where you can brainstorm potential recipients. Which of your extended family members likes to collect kitchenware? Who has a thing for strawberry bubble bath and soap bombs? Once you’ve matched each item with the right person, you’re practically good to go. It’s a matching game that will get you one step closer to getting rid of all those unwanted gifts. But if you want to guarantee you won’t get caught, move on to step 3.
3. Map your friend circles. It’s very, very important that this year’s recipient and last year’s gift giver don’t hang out in the same circles. If cousin Jill tweets about that great vase you got her and your mutual friend—and vase purchaser—happens to see, it won’t be long before a not-so-happy friend puts two and two together. If you’re regifting a clothing item, and there’s a chance that the three of you will be in the same place at the same time, don’t go there. Ship that tee or scarf off to your friend three states over.
Bonus tip! For the truly risk averse, get on a site like VarageSale where you can get rid of your untouched items without the whole family knowing (and earn some extra cash while you’re at it). Just make sure to avoid posting on social sites like Facebook or Instagram, where Aunt Jane or Uncle Tommy might come across last year’s presents on their newsfeed. Keep it simple by steering clear of situations that could lead to unexpected drama.
There you have it. You’re ready to start regifting like a pro. Grab those unopened presents—you know the ones, the panini press, the massage chair cover and the crochet set—and start regifting! Just don’t be surprised if one day you discover that centerpiece you gave Aunt Mary on Cousin Ellen’s table! 😉