eBay always sees a surge in traffic and new listings straight after Christmas as we no longer feel the need to keep items collecting dust if we never wanted them in the first place. What bothers me though is the waste of money spent on these unwanted presents.
Gift cards can seem like a good option but you'll always spend more than you would on a real gift as you know the recipient will see how much you spent. And even gift cards can be wrong as receiving a card for a specific shop where you don't want anything seems a further waste of money. Especially if the card is for £10 and the cheapest item on sale is £20. So your gift means you spending a tenner in a shop you don't frequent on something you didn't want anyway. Hmm.
No-one needs five calendars but your friends know you like to be organised so think it's a good idea. Taking unwanted gifts to the local charity shop is always an excellent option but sometimes you do know someone who would appreciate the item and this is where regifting comes in.
Keep a store of items to give as gifts, ready for birthdays and treats. As long as you don't give it back to the person who gave it to you (or their close circle) then surely there's nothing wrong with regifting? It can stop you seeming ungrateful as you can smile happily and accept the gift knowing who you can pass it on to in the future who will appreciate it.
Always remember an item can't be regifted if it's been used as that's just a useless present. It needs to be brand new, in its original packaging and something the recipient would actually want to receive.
A lot of regifting advice seems to be about the wrapping. Yes, you need to destroy all evidence that it was once given to you as a gift. And yes, it's nice to get a beautifully wrapped gift, but since researching the subject I'm now going to suspect every present I receive that has slightly too impressive wrapping is actually a regifted item.
Call for Honesty
So, time for some honesty. Have you ever regifted? Or would you consider it in the future?