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We’ve all done it. Come ooonnnn, admit it! You’ve re-gifted! No? Ok, well I have…the re-gift is one of those great Christmas traditions that nobody ever talks about. If you haven’t done it already, I can almost guarantee you that you will at least be tempted to do so soon. So, on this, the Second Day of Christmas, I will help walk you through this sometimes dangerous practice that can nevertheless be good for a few laughs.
Disclaimer: We here at *AT* would never advocate re-gifting unless it is for some of the more light-hearted reasons detailed below. You hear that Santa? We’re being good!
Figure out your intentions
This is an important first step on your road to the re-gift: figure out why you are doing it. This should determine how you go about doing it. For example, are you 1) Doing it because you really cannot afford a gift? Are you 2) Doing it as a joke? Are you doing it 3) Because you shamefully want to give away a gift that you don’t like? Or are you 4) Doing it because you hate someone’s guts and you want to embarrass the crap out of them?
I used to read those “choose your own adventure” Goosebumps books when I was little, so we are going to play that game. All of the four tips below can apply to all situations, but go ahead and skip to the one you want if you are short on time or have a heart that is three sizes too small. *Grinch reference!*
1) When you cannot afford a gift
This one is completely understandable. Sometimes after spending all you have on close family, you don’t have anything left to spend on friends. At this point, the two most attractive options are to 1a) Make something yourself or 1b) regift!
- 1a) Don’t even think about it.
- 1b) Much better option. Pick a small, random object – it doesn’t even need to “technically” have been a gift in the first place. Some free item you got at a company event, a stocking-stuffer from
your auntSanta…get creative. While giving the gift, preface it with “I know it isn’t much but…” so that they won’t be vastly disappointed.
2) Re-Gifting as a joke
My favorite! This is a situation where the sky is the limit. Get creative here, and stretch the definition of a re-gift: give them the same thing two years in a row, coordinate with a friend so that you both give them the same gift, or best of all, steal something of theirs that you gave them last year and wrap it up again!
There are only two rules for joke re-gifts that will help you to avoid a backfire: First, make sure that your friend has a good sense of humor, and second, make sure you give them a real gift afterwards.
3) Shamefully re-gifting something you got and didn’t like
Hang your head low, bottom feeder: this is the worst. I mean, we’ve all gotten that gift that we did not want or like and just couldn’t say something – especially if it is from a sweet, elderly relative. If you are going to get rid of it, better to give it to someone that may enjoy it more and put it out of your mind forever.
The most important thing about executing a true re-gift is maintaining degrees of separation; the last thing you want is for your friend’s friend to find out that there was a re-gift triangle through some freak accident. We at *AT* recommend you maintain at least three degrees of separation between original gifter and re-giftee. This means that even giving your gift to a friend who doesn’t know the original giftee is not enough. A good technique would be to not even call it a gift – give it to a friend who you know won’t want it, and tell them to find someone they know that might want it. You won’t score points like you would with a conventional re-gift, but the deed is done risk free!
4) Doing it to embarrass someone
Sinner! If it isn’t part of a joke, don’t do it. But if the person really deserves it…make them cry. Mercilessly.
Last Words of Advice…
Ignore this entire post, get a real gift, experience the joy of authentic giving, and have a Merry Christmas.
Do you have any re-gift stories? Let us know below.