Ah the holidays. It’s a lovely time of year and even better there are gifts! If you are like most people you receive a good number of holiday presents. I’m hoping that your family and friends gift you things that are useful, and well-loved. But chances are likely that you’ll receive at least one present that is lovely, but just isn’t for you. Gifts like holiday decor, a sweater in the wrong size, or a knick-knack that doesn’t suit your minimalist style. If you have children it’s likely you got something LOUD and battery operated that you’d like to throw in the trash (or maybe hit with a hammer).
Should you regift?
I’m in favor of regifting or returning gifts that don’t work for you or your lifestyle.
I don’t think you should fall into the trap that you have to keep it because it was a gift. The intention of the giver was to be give something to you to show you how much they care or love you, not to weigh you down with stuff. Imagine if you got two gifts like this each year (one for your birthday, one for the holidays), now imagine you have a spouse or partner, parents, or children living with you. Multiply the number of people by two gifts for ten years. In my house we’d have 120 things. That’s enough to fill a room and maybe then some! I sure don’t want to be the one to clean that room out!
I’m in favor of regifting, giving away, donating, or returning things you received if they don’t suit you or you don’t need them.
A really wonderful thing to do would be to pass on the giving, since that’s what this season is all about. If you have something you can return and get a gift card in place of more stuff, you could purchase food or toiletry items to donate to a local shelter or food bank.
How about you? Do you regift? How would you feel if someone regifted something you gave them?