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Confessions of a Regifter

With all the stigma associated with regifting, is it really a no-no? Would you rather Ebay it, donate it or just keep it hidden away in your overstuffed closet? We are big believers in regifting. Recycle, reuse, regift! But how to regift with style and keep a clear conscience? Here are some things we like to keep in mind.

1.  Make it your own.

Just because you’re regifting doesn’t mean your creativity has to take a backseat.  If you’re regifting a cashmere tee, why not gift a colorful scarf to go with it – it will complete the outfit.  Or if you’re regifting a decanter, complete it with a set of vintage whisky glasses.

2.  Know your recipients.

Regifting is just like regular gifting; make sure the gift is thoughtful and appropriate. Think twice before regifting perfume to someone is allergic to fragrances or chocolate to someone who is trying to stay off sugar.

3.  Make it personal.

Use wrapping paper that’s in the recipient’s favorite color or add a bouquet of their favorite flowers, complete with a handwritten card. Or if you’re regifting linens or towels, get their initials or nicknames embroidered on the items.

4.  Play with the context. 

Regifting a watch? Ditch the box and put the watch inside an old Cuban cigar box instead.

5.  Have fun with it.

Get in their face!  Stamp “not a regift” all over the wrapping paper. Or if you’re regifting socks, buy another pair in a different design or color, mix it up and gift one pair of mismatched socks and keep one pair for yourself! It is unique and a conversation starter, and your friend will remember you every time it’s worn.

6.  Volume speaks.

If regifting a bottle of wine, buy 6 more – one bottle for every day of the week. Or instead of regifting a single candle, throw in a different scented candle for each room of the house.

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1. Giftwell’s guide and resources to creative gifting.
2. Hong Kong’s open secret.

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