NATIONAL RE-GIFTING DAY
Each year on the Thursday before Christmas, people across the United States participate in National Re-gifting Day. The day acknowledges the office parties and the unique Christmas gift exchanges that they do. This particular December Thursday appears to be the most common day for companies to hold their annual employee/company Holiday parties.
As a method of recycling, approximately 14%, of those surveyed, believe that regifting is becoming more popular, for that reason alone.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL RE-GIFTING DAY
While it may be an official holiday in some states, we recommend caution when deciding to re-gift something. The term does suggest, after all, that the item is unwanted to begin with, and may be unwanted by its next recipient.
If at any point you find regifting a little bit exhausting, then you probably should reconsider re-gifting. On another note, the game of perpetual re-gifting in some families is celebrated year after year. Share your experiences with us.
You can also follow these 8 Tips Every Re-gifter Should Know.
Use #NationalReGiftingDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL RE-GIFTING DAY HISTORY
Colorado governor, Bill Ritter, Jr, made National Re-gifting Day official in 2008.
Q. Is regifting tasteless?
A. Regifting doesn’t have to be tasteless, rude, impolite, lazy, or any of those descriptors. We live in a commercial society where the NEWEST, BRIGHTEST, and LATEST products find their way into our homes. For many people, regifting is not considered a means of getting rid of something unwanted, but it is a way to give something that is needed, wanted, and will be used.
Regifting Gifts to Try
- Unused handmade gifts – Knitted scarves, sweaters, and blankets sometimes become cherished gifts. Leather or woodcraft items also make excellent gifts.
- Books – Some people cherish used books much more than brand new copies. While the author might prefer that you give new, sometimes just sharing the story is the important thing.
- Plants – If you’re not a plant person and received a plant, giving the plant to a plant person makes two species happy.
- Duplicate high-end items – It happens. You receive two toasters, two rice cookers, and three sets of mixing bowls for your shower or house warming party. Well, you can return them or you can give them to someone you know will use them. Regift to another new homeowner, college student, or someone you know has been wanting that pressure cooker.
- Sets of things – For example, wine glasses, coffee mugs, flower pots, and salt and pepper grinders. All of these are acceptable gifts under any circumstance. Chances are, you don’t have the receipt for these, and all of them will be enjoyed by the right person.
- A family heirloom – Well cared for family heirlooms make great gifts – to the right person. Someone who doesn’t cherish family history will not appreciate this gift. Consider giving a framed copy of a family recipe, a piece of furniture, crockery, photo, or art.
Q. What are some ways to make regifting better?
A. Several ways to make regifting generally approved are:
- Pair the item with a gift card.
- Create a culture in your family where regifting is acceptable. Agree that the gifts must be handmade, repurposed, or regifted.
- Pair the gift with baked goods.
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