First, let’s define regifting.
(from Well+Good) As the name implies, this is essentially the practice of giving a gift that someone gifted you to someone else.
For a long time, regifting had a bad rap. But as people start looking for more sustainable living solutions in every facet of their lives, the concept is catching on, especially amongst those who are looking to buy less. From a faux pas perspective, Nick Leighton, an etiquette expert, and host of the podcast Were You Raised By Wolves?, says there’s no hard-and-fast rule around regifting. Some may say its deceitful, while others believe it’s a genius way to pass along an item to someone who will use and enjoy it.
The only rule I would subscribe to for regifting: A regift should be something that you would’ve purchased for the receiver if you’d gone to the store yourself.
So, have you ever been the recipient of a regift? I am certain that the worst gift I have ever received was a regift. What was the gift? A book of math tables from an unnamed relative. You know who you are! But I was curious.
I opened the book one day and found a table of random numbers. For what purpose does anyone use such a table? Random number tables have been used in statistics for tasks such as selecting random samples. This was more effective and removed any bias than using dice or cards. These tables have now been replaced by computer generated random numbers.
We received some wedding gifts that were regifts. One was from my ex-sister-in-law! How do I know? The original card was tucked inside!!
Have I ever regifted? Yes, most likely a bottle of wine, probably something that I do not enjoy, like a zinfandel or chardonnay, but never a cheap wine. In fact, someone just gave me a rather expensive $65 wine since I know he does not drink. I am certain it is a regift. Thank you🙏 very much!
I have also gifted items that are new and bought for myself. This would include wine, books, and food items. What in the world does anyone do with a neck tie?
I also have been known to give my best used clothing to my brother. He loves the golf polos and the Tommy Bahama shirts. But he knows the clothing has been worn by me!
Please share if you have a funny regifting story.