30 Dec

(Here’s a reposting of an entry I wrote for my now defunct Friendster blog, orinally posted 12/29/05)

Christmas day (could be Christmas Eve after the Noche Buena) you are in the middle of the living room littered with torn wrapping paper and you have just opened the last of your presents. You are now in the stage of finalizing your choices for regifting. You know that while opening your presents you were at the same time taking mental notes — categorizing presents in three groups: 1) for keeps, 2) those with gift receipt, will return for xchange or store credit, and 3) for regifting. Yes, you are a regifter — and you are not alone. There are many of you out there. You regift not because you are very difficult to please, but other factors contribute to this — like how many chips and dip platter do you really need? So, you give the other one away. Regift, not because you don’t like it, you simply have too many so you share your blessings. Friends, bless their heart, mean so well but the sweater they got you was two sizes too small/big, but a perfect fit for your cousin’s wife — she’s getting that. So on and so forth, you get my drift.

There are protocols to follow in regifting, though. Always eliminate all the telltale signs that this is a regift, make sure the original card is not there, and if repacking is required, do not upgrade the value of your gift by using a higher-class dep’t. store’s box if you recognize that the brand is from K-Mart/Walmart. Moreover, erase the paper trail — gifts from family should not end up within the family. It could get very embarrassing. More importantly, regift not just to regift, but make sure that the present is a perfect match to the recipient; hence, lending the personal touch. So there, happy regifting to all and remember this: I KNOW WHAT I GAVE YOU LAST CHRISTMAS.


Posted by on December 30, 2008 in personal


4 responses to “Regifting

  1. lawstude

    December 31, 2008 at 9:07 am

    these are really wise words. i should think about doing this next year so i better take down notes on who gave what to avoid embarrassment. happy new year.

    this was written during the good old days of excess when i thought regifting was a no-no. happy new year to you too.

  2. panaderos

    December 31, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    I’m with you here. I agree with the regifting rules you mentioned. I also regift with the thought that what I don’t need, I’m better off giving to others. I think it’s the just thing to do.

    Happy New Year, my friend! Take care always. πŸ™‚ Is the champagne on ice now? πŸ˜€

    Champagne not on ice yet πŸ™‚ I will try to drink past my limit (1 glass or 1 bottle of beer) this time πŸ™‚ New Year’s greetings to you and yours.

  3. Rach (Heart of Rachel)

    January 2, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    This is a great post. Regifting is a practical idea. I have a notebook where I list down the gifts I give and gifts I receive every Christmas. I’ve been doing this for the past 5 years. I enjoy going through this list every time Christmas is nearing. I also “regift” items that I don’t need or already have. My little notebook of gifts have been very handy.

  4. bw

    January 3, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Makes sense coz sometimes we barely need the gift given to us so why not give it to someone else? Just make sure you don’t gift it back to the giver hehe πŸ™‚ I can tell you we have gifts from 2 years back that we haven’t even touched !


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