when is it okay to re-gift?
According to a CreditDonkey.com survey, 83 percent of those shoppers said they don't mind receiving a regifted present.
So next time you're thinking about regifting that unwanted present, don't think of it as a tacky practice. But there are rules to regifting.
When is it okay to regift? We took to The Ricki Lake Show Facebook community to ask that very question and the majority agreed that an unwanted gift can be someone else's treasure. Unless of course you make the mistake of returning it to the original gift giver. Ouch!
Here are some of the best responses from our Facebook question:
WE WANT TO KNOW: "It's okay to RE-GIFT when ___________."
Chinggay Aguadera:…"somebody needs it more than you do"
Ashlee Gordon-Pinola: "… The person really needs the gift in there life and that will make there life a little easier . If u r just re-gifting just to get rid of stuff that is not good at all because it is not coming from Ur heart u were just trying to get rid of Ur left overs like Ur friend or family is a garbage can"
Candice Joy Marpel: "When people give you a gift it should be received knowing someone thought about you. So it should be near and dear but If it doesn't fit or its not your style and you know someone paid good money for it. Then I'd rather give it to someone who can use it And also add something from myself to go with it. Gift receipts are gr8 insurance"
Jane Cisneros: "In this economy! Gifts are blessings, ppl need to get over where the gift came from or how the gifter got it and just appreciate someone thought of them."
Janice Kreis-boyd: "when it makes someone more happy"
Marian Hamilton: "I hat:e being wasteful. If I have no use or want for it but I know someone who would enjoy it, why not re-gift it to them? "
Marquis Notimefagames Derrick: "Of course.. Because its not about receiving. Its a seaons for givin back.. Even.if u have to re gift."
Michelle Blaine: "I think you should only ever gift that which you would want for yourself.... regift or otherwise."
Susie Epperhart: "Its alright to regift as long as you know someone that can use it or give it a better home depending on what it is."
Chrissy Flitter: "I am a single mother.. I have returned gifts just so I can put the money towards a bill or buy my kids something"
Jools Bond: "If we're keeping gifts to keep others happy, we're afraid of a reaction in them if they find out we no longer have it. We're not being true to our feelings and not being honest. If we don't love it or don't use it, essentially it's stuck energy and it's holding us back in life and could be preventing someone else from receiving it who really does need it."
Alexandra Fuentes: "when its a really nice gift but you dont need it so you give it to someone who will need it."
Tony Hale: "U betcha! Y keep stuff u don't need or want or otherwise u mite toss out? It's not mean or even lazy to regift. The fact that u are nice enuf to give a gift says a lot about u specially to a boss or co worker etc. Getting a gift u should b just happy n thankful. Think of the millions even in this country, that get zip, sure that will give all an ah-ha moment (quoting Oprah here) n shut em up but good."
Brandon Jose: "It's always ok to re-gift because they'll never know"
Lissa Coffey: "As long as you don't give it back to the same person who gave it to you!"
Delores McEachern: "Yes! Times are hard"
Lee Rahman: …"the gift goes to someone who really needs it like folks who are recuperating from a natural disaster."
Myra Berryhill: "its the love thats behind it its not what you get or how many times you get it just be grateful to recieve some people dont get anything so be happy and stop fussing you could have got nothing lol"
Toni Campbell Pascal: "its ok to re gift as long as you aren't regifting to the original person who gave you the gift.. my sister has done this.. to me.. HAHA"
Sarah Tolin: "I do it....sometimes I receive things that other people might appreciate more than I do."
Anthony Whitehead: "when you ain't got no money or ran out of ideas"
Didi Trajano Plunkett: "The gift came from your ex? -- you re-gift it to your current love interest?? "
Jackson Rose: "When you know you wont use or have dont need it, but you know some else could use. Why let it sit there when it can be put to good use?!"