December 29, 2015 2 min read
The big day is behind us and the holiday dust is finally settling. But through the process, you were on the receiving end of a few not-so-desirable gifts. Whether they are not to your taste or don’t fit with your ethics, the question now becomes: what to do with them?
Of course you can always donate, discard (filling landfills with perfectly good items), or simply stuff it in a closet in hopes of putting it to use someday (but most likely never touching it again until purging it years later).
Re-gifting isn't as rude as you think and it makes sense when you think about it.
If you spend money on something, and you thought it was cool enough to buy, isn't it better for the gift to be loved by someone than cast aside by the person that you originally bought it for?
In a study, when gift recipients were asked to predict how a gift-giver would react if they were to re-gift something, they said that re-gifting is pretty offensive. The study found that people think it's just as bad to re-gift as it would be to throw the gift away. However, if you ask the gift-givers themselves, they are significantly less offended by the idea of re-gifting than their recipients predicted they would be. They're also much less offended at the prospect of re-gifting something than they are of throwing it away.
Before you pass along someone else's "treasure," let's review a few re-gift giving rules.
So don't sweat re-gifting too much—your gift-giver won't (at least as not as much as you think!). And you can help shift cultural norms to promote this sort of gift recycling and reduce the trashing of perfectly good items.
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