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Are you a fan of ‘re-gifting’ after Christmas?

Are you a fan of ‘re-gifting’ after Christmas?
Hannah Midgley

There are two aspects: charitable re-gifting to give away a surplus or disposing of unwanted gifts, but there many benefits to this.

The festive season is a time where presents have been exchanged by friends, family members, and colleagues. Often enough, you may receive two of the same item from different people.

With my family, in particular, it is cookbooks. We have several duplicates of Jamie Oliver and Rick Stein recipe books that have either ended up being regifted or taken to a charity shop for resale.

Where did ‘regifting’ originate from?

‘Regifting’ is the act of taking a present you have received from someone and giving it to someone else (sometimes under pretence it is a new gift).

The term ‘re-gift’ was popularised on the hugely successful NBC show, Seinfeld, as the characters discussed the protocol of regifting although the tradition precedes the term. In the episode entitled ‘The Label Maker’, Elaine refers to Tim as a regifter after he gives Jerry a label maker originally from Elaine.

Various media sources discuss the ‘rules‘ or the ‘etiquette‘ around regifting unwanted items. Most of them are self-explanatory, such as avoiding regifting within the family or same circle of friends (unless you are honest about it) or if the gift is meaningful in some way.

In the US and Canada, they have an annual National Day of Regifting on the Thursday before Christmas, the day many office parties are held. Research has shown around 40% of office party presents are regifted.

Charity shops have increased donations after Christmas time © Adfern

Giving to charity shops after Christmas

After the festive period, many charity shops will receive an influx of donations. This may be from people who have received duplicates of gifts, clearing out old items for the new, or simply things they do not like.

According to statistics from Oxfam, author of The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown, is the most donated book author to the charity. Others include John Grisham, Ian Rankin, and Danielle Steel.

Speaking to Brighton Journal, a spokesperson from Martlets Hospice said: “We certainly do see an increase in donations after Christmas, people clearing out their wardrobes to make way for new clothes, also regifting clothes they may not simply like.  It is a time to clear out not only clothes, but furniture.”

They also added clothing is a particular type of donation they see year after year, along with children’s toys, possibly to make way for new toys being received.

Regifting is environmentally-friendly

The practice of regifting has been popularised as environmentally and budgetary conscious. Green gifting also involves hand-making presents and reusing wrapping paper and decorations.

All in all, there should be no issue with regifting if you can put the item to good use elsewhere. If the present is in good condition, it could be given a great new home if you think would be appreciated by someone else

If you would like to donate to any of the Martlets Hospice shops, visit their website for more information about accepted items and store locations.

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