The first time I ever heard the word "Re-Gifting" was about 8 years ago when a neighbor used the word. She described how she kept most gifts she was given for special occasions (Christmas, birthdays, etc) and then re-wrapped the ones for which she had no use and presented them to friends at a later date.
I guess there is a rationale for such practice. I mean, if I receive a gift that I don't want or need, doesn't it make sense to give that gift to someone who does want it?
Sounds good, right?
Well, maybe not.
What happens when the person who originally gave the gift finds out that you thought so little of it that you gave it to someone else? Or, what happens when the person to whom you re-gifted the present finds out that you didn't really get the gift for them?
I am reminded of the growing practice of re-gifting around Christmas time. In fact, a few years ago yours truly re-gifted an item. The occasion did not turn out well at all.
I thought I was being really cute and creative. My sister-in-law presented me with a package of monogrammed handkerchiefs at the Christmas day family gathering. I thanked her. But, since I really don't use handkerchiefs---preferring instead to carry Kleenex tissue---I thought it might be pretty funny to quickly re-wrap her gift and present them to my dad, who does use handkerchiefs.
So, I ran to the basement and re-wrapped the hankies and attached a card for him to open---"From Clint to Dad". Ha................NOT.
He opened the package in front of the family and the fun began. My sister-in-law got her feelings hurt. My dad was embarrassed. My wife had a fit. I don' re-gift any more.
Do you have a re-gifting story?