Regifting - you’ve probably either done it or unknowingly been a victim to it. In fact, a recent ME survey found that 65% of Aussies think it’s acceptable to regift. But how do you get it right without anyone knowing? We won’t lie, it’s tricky and with great power comes great responsibility. But with some tips from the Money Experts, it is possible to get your sneak on this Christmas. Here are Mozo’s 8 must-follow rules for regifting over the festive season.
The item must be new
Although it’s easier to dive headfirst into the back of your cupboard, this is poor regifting form. The item you are choosing to regift must be fairly new, as an old gift runs the risk of looking dated and out of style, especially with clothes since stores change up their price tags often. Hand-me-downs are also a no-go when it comes to regifting because your recipient will see the obvious wear and tear in the item.
Look for 'regifting signs'
Before you willingly hand over your gift, take a second to look for ‘regifting signs’. By this we mean torn plastic or wrapping paper, writing on the original tag or wrapping paper. The gift has to look brand new, so save yourself from the guilt and embarrassment of being caught out by having a quick check.
Rewrap the gift
Which brings us to our next rule - always rewrap the gift in new wrapping paper. This is to prevent two scenarios: you handing over a gift with no knowledge of its contents and, unintentionally giving a strawberry-scented toiletries set to your Harley-loving uncle or, you don’t notice that your name is still on the gift tag while you’re loading the presents into the back of your car. Plus, it wouldn’t hurt to put in a little effort.
Don't give away anything handmade
Our next rule comes from a moral point of view as well as a practical one. Regifting handmade gifts is forbidden at any time of the year. Picture this: your grandmother staying up all night to handknit that scarf you’re preparing to give away. Someone has taken the time to make the gift for you and has probably customised it to your liking with the hopes that you’ll use it all the time. So we’d like to ask you to be a hoarder (just this once) and keep it.
Don't regift food
I get it, we all love food so it's tempting to award yourself the title of best gift giver by serving up some sweet and savoury goods. However, this can all go sour (literally) if the food you regift has expired or is about to expire. Play it safe by coming up with other ways to get rid of the food, for instance, bringing it to work to share with coworkers.
Keep a regifting record
This next rule is targeted to those who plan to regift a lot this Christmas. To keep yourself from feeling overwhelmed with who’s getting what, create a record of the gifts, their original givers and their new recipients. Not only will this keep you on top of your regift list, it’ll keep you from letting your little secret slip by regifting into the same social circle, which brings us to our next rule.
Don't keep it within the family
If you want to be a regifting pro, you’ll need to remove the link from where you got the gift and who you intend to give it to. For instance, if you were unfortunately made the recipient of a set of thong socks on your mum’s side, pass on the cringe to someone on your dad’s side or regift your ‘awesome’ new gym towel from your best friend to the Yogi fanatic at work.
Be honest if you get caught
Because at the end of the day, even the slyest regifters get caught. If this happens to be you, you’re going to have to swallow your pride and fess up. While you may not have a good excuse or reason for regifting, denying it will only make the situation worse.
While regifting can cut the cost of Christmas, our Life & Money Hub is filled with other tips and tricks that can help make this festive season your most cheapest one yet!