Regifting? Here are some rules

6:06 PM, Dec 29, 2009   |    comments
  • Share
  • Print
  • - A A A +

Although the actual term "regifting" was first mentioned in the Jan. 19, 1995 episode of "Seinfeld," the practice -- the act of taking a gift that has been received and giving it to somebody else -- has been around a long time.

There's even a website -- -- where you can share your worst and best regifting stories and maybe even win a prize.

There are regifting rules, however.

First, make sure any gift card that came with the gift to you has been removed. That sometimes means unwrapping the gift to check inside.

Really, you don't want someone opening a card inside the box that has your name as the recipient, not the giver. Unless the gift wrapping is in absolutely pristine condition, you must re-wrap the gift.

Crinkly paper or a bedraggled bow just won't do. How about gift cards? Make sure they are full-value, as no one will believe that you went to the store and bought a $15.67 gift card for them.

It's almost unthinkable and would be a dead giveaway that you used some of it before passing it on.

Never, ever use a gift -- a book, a sweater, a toy -- before regifting it. If there's any sign of wear or tear, regifting a gift is a big no-no.

Obviously, you cannot regift something that is clearly meant just for you, like a monogrammed shirt or purse.

Most regifting etiquette frowns on regifting handmade or homemade gifts. With all that being said, some items are just ripe for regifting, say many regifting Web sites.

The biggest challenge to regifting? Be sure to keep track of what you receive and from whom. There is no greater faux pas than giving a gift back to the original giver.

Returning gifts, do you or don't you? Live chat


Most Watched Videos