It’s Christmas time and officially my most favorite time of the year. I love putting up Christmas decorations, going to holiday parties and of course…shopping. Even though I love the shopping, I always overspend every year. It’s hard to get presents for everyone on your list and stay within your budget because you have so much to choose from and once the Christmas shopping bug hits you…it becomes hard to stay focused and as a result, it gets a bit out of hand. There are sales everywhere…especially on Black Friday. If you find yourself in this situation, then I suggest re-gifting as a way to cross some of those items off your list without having to sell your left foot.
Now I know that I’ve just made someone turn their nose up at the notion of re-gifting. For some, re-gifting can be somewhat of a taboo thing….but I think if you do it tastefully, then it becomes a genius idea and most of all, you can save money, which is something that is so hard to do when it comes to the holiday season.
Below are some guidelines for Re-gifting:
- Only give new items. Never re-gift an item that has been used and make sure that the packaging is in excellent condition…i.e. re-wrap the gift.
- Never re-gift an item you wouldn’t like as a gift or that you feel the person wouldn’t like. (No, that’s not the whole point of re-gifting)
- Never re-gift an item back to the person who initially gave you the gift, no matter how long ago it was.
- Beware of re-gifting clothing items. (Scarves, hats, gloves or similar items are acceptable as long as they have not been worn).
- Gift Cards (very popular)
- Books, Cd’s, Electronics, etc.
- Art, Picture Frames, etc.
- Gift Baskets, Perfume or Cologne, etc.
As you can see, it’s not a hard thing to do….anybody can do it just as long as they do it tastefully and respectfully. You don’t have to wait until the Holidays to re-gift, it’s a great idea that can be used any time of the year and most of all, it helps you save money and the person receiving the gift will be just as happy as if you bought the gift…..keep in mind, it’s the thought that counts.