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My Re-Gifting

Updated on September 10, 2015

Introduced to Re-Gifting

One day while visiting one of my friends she invited me into her bedroom where she was wrapping gifts. It was Christmas time and I was a bit weary from shopping for my family. I noticed she took another big box of presents out of her closet to be wrapped.

I said: You are smart to shop ahead for Christmas. I shopped online and then went to the Mall to fight the crowds and stood in the longest checkout line. I actually took my heels off and rubbed my feet while waiting. (I could envision my mother frowning at me for the un-lady like behavior, but I kept rubbing after all I did not know these people.)

She replied: I am re-gifting these gifts I received and did not need or want. These are lovely items and I do not see any sense in letting them gather dust in the attic or garage. So, I am giving them a new home in pretty paper and ribbons to be enjoyed by someone else.

At first I thought how cheap; and then my brain chip clicked in (it sometimes gets stuck due to age) as I envisioned all the presents including jewelry that I did not need or I did not like hiding at the top of my closet.

Re-Gift, Re-Use and Re-Cycle
Re-Gift, Re-Use and Re-Cycle

Shopping In My Closet

After I arrived home, I went on a shopping spree in my closet; and to my surprise most of the gifts still had the name tags on them. I smiled since I would not get mixed up and re-gift to the person who initially sent the gift to me.

However, this happened once and I simply said: You were so sweet sending one to me, so I sent you one since I usually buy for others what I would like myself. (That was received well and it was the truth that is how I shop for others.)

That day I found 32 items to re-gift; it really amazed me that I would keep all this and not use it. It became clear that re-gifting made sense and it saved money at Christmas time.

Re-Gifting from Christmas Gifts for Next Year
Re-Gifting from Christmas Gifts for Next Year

Frugal and Sharing

My mother would be proud of me for being frugal and sharing. And, each year I get more gifts I cannot use and if any of my friends reads this it will probably be my last year of re-gifting.

Or, they might enjoy doing it themselves to save time, gas, money; and their bodies from being exhausted from fighting the crowds.

A Fruitcake
A Fruitcake

My First Re-Gifting Closet List

Items I found in my first shopping spree in my closet:

  • Slippers

  • Earrings from the Bahamas

  • Shell jewelry

  • Blouses

  • Jeans with butterflies

  • Electric toothbrush

  • Makeup kits

  • Books on How to---I already had How to books collecting dust in my bookcase.

  • Hand-mixer

  • Bottle of Gin (I needed this after Christmas shopping at the Mall, but I am a wine drinker when I drink.)

  • Silver Dresser set

  • Copies of DVD (Duplications)

  • Novels from popular writers (Duplications)

  • Hummingbird Feeder

  • T-Shirts to sleep in

  • Red purse

  • Cellphone cover with sparkles

  • Totes

  • Overnight bags

  • Silk Pillowcases (2) sets

  • Foot Massager (Duplication)

  • Cocktail rings

And, that’s my list I found today in my desk today which gave me the idea to write and share my re-gifting experience. I am sure I have online friends who are veterans in re-gifting and could share their experience with us newbies.

Happy re-gifting and take a cruise on what you saved.

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    PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

    Hi MarleneB,

    I remember being thrilled the first time I got a gift that was re-gifted. My friend does it all the time and I think she is great to share something she might already have or it sits in her closet---I call it frugal sharing with love.

    Thanks for your visit and have a great rest of the week.

    Bobbi Purvis

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    Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

    I am a very frugal person, so I am fascinated by the idea of re-gifting. I feel like I already have so much and it would be nice to let someone else enjoy the gift.

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    PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

    Hi Tina Truelove,

    Thanks for visiting and your family Christmas sounds so much fun. My nephews are all men now with their own families; so my Christmas gifting has downsized to all the young ones. However, I'm still re-gifting at birthdays and other celebrations. It is fun to do.

    Have a great Mother's Day.

    Bobbi Purvis

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    Tina Truelove 2 years ago

    We have several extended family Christmas gatherings so to save everyone money, we all draw names and bring "white elephant gifts." We bring things from home (like new items) or shop local dollar stores. Sometimes we keep the gifts and sometimes we save them and give them as Christmas gifts the next year. I just try to keep track and make sure they go to a different family gathering. LOL

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    PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

    Hi Vocalcoach,

    Dear Audrey,

    Your beautiful smile filled my computer room with sunshine and made me smile. I am happy you like this hub---re-gifting is so much fun.

    Have a wonderful Wednesday.

    Bobbi

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    PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

    Hi AudreyHowitt,

    Re-Gifting is really fun and now my closest friends are doing it when they have something to share and they cannot use it.

    Have a great day.

    Bobbi Purvis

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    Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

    I'm back for another visit. Just love this re-gifting hub Bobbi. I enjoy going through all my stuff to see what I have that's suitable for re-gifting. I always save the cute, decorative gift boxes and bags that my own purchases come in and re-use them as well.

    Today at the local library I picked up several brand new books for 50 cents each to give as gifts. One was "The History of Baseball" that I will send to my brother for his birthday. He will love it.

    The only requirement for giving any gift is that we give with love and joy.

    Thank you lovely lady and give yourself a hug from me.

    Audrey

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    Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

    What a great idea! I do regift--but sometimes I feel a little odd about it--I love the thought that these are items I don't need but that someone else does--Happy Tuesday to you!

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    PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

    Hi pstraubie48,

    I still give most of my things that I could re-gift away to ones who needs it more. I still re-gift some each year, mainly to my cousins who love it and they do the same with me.

    Have a great Thursday,

    Bobbi Purvis

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    Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

    Re-gifting can be a good way to save money and to give away things we may not need or want . In one of the schools where I taught it was very affluent and at Christmas time and Valentine's Day I had to make two or three trips to my car.

    So I had much to share with others.

    Great suggestion.

    Angels are on the way to you this afternoon ps

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    PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

    Hi,

    When I still had a career we exchanged gifts for birthdays and Christmas in our office---so I had gifts that I did not use. Now, I have just about re-gifted all my extras. I gave away a lot of things to clean out my closet.

    Now, I do not get that many gifts--and I am thankful in a way. I tell my family no gifts---spend the money on your children and grandchildren.

    Have a warm and happy day.

    Bobbi Purvis

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    peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

    i never re gift because nobody gives me anything.

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    PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

    Hi DzyMslizzy,

    I would love your fruitcake---it sounds like the one my cousin I make when we teenagers and use Daddy's rum that he thought was hidden.

    And, if that was not bad enough Mama came home early and found us in the big bathtub taking a bubble bath eating fruitcake. Do I need to say restriction was my middle name growing up.

    Have a happy week.

    Bobbi Purvis

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    Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

    LOL Had to laugh at the videos! That was a cute song!

    I've 're-gifted' a few things in my day, but I don't do it all the time. I don't live in a circle of people who can afford to shop much for gifts; we mostly give truly practical items, or homemade goodies that are eaten up almost before the day has ended.

    As far as the fruitcake joke--"there is only one that keeps re-circulating," I have to laugh. My younger daughter and I actually like fruitcake...with a caveat: not the commercial ones that tend to be dry, but our own homemade ones from my mother's recipe. It's a totally drunken cake not for consumption by those under the age of 21.

    It gets baked the day after Thanksgiving, and about every 3 days thereafter until Christmas, it gets basted with whatever liquor was used in the recipe, be it sherry, rum or brandy.

    By the time it's ready, you can't even cut clean, neat slices; you get broken, crumbled slices. And after a couple of slices, you wouldn't even care that you started out not liking fruitcake! LOL

    Voted up, interesting, useful and funny.

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    PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

    Hi poetryman6969,

    Send that fruitcake on---my sister told me at Christmas she liked them. I laughed because it is not chocolate she doesn't want it.

    Bobbi Purvis

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    poetryman6969 2 years ago

    You will be seeing my old fruitcake soon!

    Some relatives who are not as blessed as we seem to like getting some of our cool old stuff.

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    PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

    Hi Writer Fox,

    Thanks for the visit and reminding us to share with a loving heart to those would greatly appreciate. My friends and I do this all the time when we are cleaning out our closets we take our clothes to certain areas to share.

    Thanks and have a wonderful Wednesday,

    Bobbi Purvis

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    Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

    You've got some great advice here. Also, I hope people remember that many charities would appreciate donations of new items, especially during the holiday season.

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    PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

    Hi Frank Atanacio,

    Thanks for the visit and comment. Have a great 2015.

    Bobbi Purvis

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    Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

    I have to admit, what a great idea and a good share my friend :)

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    PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

    Hi DDE,

    Happy New Year and thanks for your visit and comment. I hope 2015 will wonderful for us both.

    Bobbi

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    Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Awesome! I like your ideas and that is an amazing hub created with so many lovely photos.

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    PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

    Hi misslong123,

    I think it is a wonderful thing to pass along something to someone else who can use it. I remember once at my office party a young girl who drew my name for Christmas ask me if I would mind if she re-grifted me. She said that her family was having a difficult time at the moment. I said I would be delighted to receive a re-gift and that made her smile---which was the best gift I could receive.

    Thank you for reading my hub and have a great weekend.

    Bobbi Purvis

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    Michele Kelsey 2 years ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

    Voted up. I honestly thought I invented this concept until long ago I saw that exact Seinfeld episode. I began re gifting as long as I can remember. I did it because I never received gifts I liked. I always had to make sure I never gave the gift to the person that gave to me. It always saved me money so I am guilty as charged

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    PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

    Hi ChitrnagadaSharan,

    Thanks for visiting me and reading my hub. I think re-gifting is great when you can give something the person will use.

    Have a wonderful holiday.

    Bobbi Purvis

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    Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

    Nice hub with useful suggestions!

    I like the idea of reusing things. Sometimes I receive gifts, which I already have. For example, watches, diaries, table clock, wall hangings, other decorative items etc. I carefully keep them and re gift them appropriately.

    Thanks for sharing this useful hub. Voted up!

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    PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

    Hi Rolly,

    I am happy that many share with others. My sharing awareness started when I was a Girl Scout. We had yard sales to raise money for mothers with newborns, and the ones who we called "Shut-in" who could not shop for themselves. And, we visited certain families to do their shopping and cleaning as much as young girls could clean.

    I always feel blessed when I can help to make someone smile---that is what I enjoy the most in life is helping others when I can.

    I wish you a wonderful Sunday in Canada with your family.

    Blessing and Hugs from Florida

    Bobbi Purvis

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    Rolly A Chabot 2 years ago from Alberta Canada

    Hi Bobbi...

    Thanks for writing this, great idea, I have re-gifted a little but a few years ago I started to pass along the extra gift to the less fortunate through shelters etc. It is a good way to bless another with something special. While at it I go through all my other things which may be of use and pass them along as well.

    Hugs and Blessings from Canada

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    PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida

    Hi tobusiness,

    It makes me happy when I can share something useful that I will not use or received too much of it. I have always donated to food shelters, animal shelters and made Christmas baskets for the elderly. Christmas is not the only time of the year we humans give---we give of our time---and that cannot be wrapped and is sometimes more valuable than gold.

    Have a great Holiday with your love ones,

    Bobbi Purvis

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    Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

    Great idea, you did a wonderful job of placating the friend who received her own gift. Last year, I donated to the local animal rescue center and was automatically entered into a draw. I won a large hamper of perfumes, creams and bath oils which I haven't use. Having read this hub, I now know what I'll be giving this Christmas. Voting up and useful.

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    PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida

    Hi Dear Eddy,

    I am happy to see you and I wish you the greatest Christmas ever with your babies.

    Thanks for the visit and comment.

    Bobbi Purvis

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    Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

    A wonderful idea Bobbi. Interesting and very useful.

    Voted up ,shared and wishing you a great day ,

    Eddy

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    PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida

    Hi poetryman6969,

    Thanks for the cake and you might get it back so you can enjoy re-gifting.

    Bobbi Purvis

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    poetryman6969 3 years ago

    Tag.

    Your it.

    Here's that fruitcake.

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    PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida

    Hi aviannovice,

    It is nice to go shopping in my closets and dressers. When I worked I purchased items and put in my closets or dressers and forgot about them. I have Christmas gifts still in boxes and I could not believe it when I found them. Where was my mind?

    Have a great weekend.

    Great to hear from you,

    Bobbi

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    Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

    You're right--this is so much better than tossing these things on a closet shelf and forgetting them.

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    PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida

    Hi Paula Atwell,

    I agreed if they are not new then I use them in a yard sale for whatever we are raising money for at the time. Have a great weekend.

    Bobbi Purvis

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    Paula Atwell 3 years ago from Cleveland, OH

    To me re-gifting is okay if the stuff is new, untouched. Otherwise I would donate the items to charity for someone else to get use out of since I wasn't.

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    PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida

    Hi suzettenaples,

    My computer has clicked off three times when I was replying to your comment--sorry if it left any bread crumbs.

    Thanks for reading and I will visit your hubs later tonight.

    Bobbi Purvis

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    Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

    Bobbie: I enjoyed reading this article. I have re-gifted in the past and I see nothing wrong with it. If you have a gift you are not going to use and know someone who would like it and use it, then by all means re-gift. Just remember who gave you the gift so you don't re-gift it to the person who gave it to you. LOL! If I can't remember who gave me the gift, I don't re-gift it.

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    PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida

    Hi rebeccamealey,

    Good morning from Florida and I wish you a happy weekend. Yes, thank goodness for my friends and their savvy ways as I have learned a lot from them.

    Bobbi Purvis

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    Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

    I think your friend was very wise, frugal, green and doing the right thing!

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    PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida

    Hi Paula,

    I hope everything is going great for you and when I slow down---I will catch up on my friends and their hubs.

    Have a great weekend.

    Bobbi Purvis

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    Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Bobbi.....It seems to me there is absolutely nothing wrong with re-gifting. If you have been given something that you simply cannot or will not use, why not pass it along to someone who can appreciate it?

    I'm always grateful that someone has thought of me and been kind enough to give me a gift. It wouldn't matter to me in the least if it was a re-gift!

    Like this hub, Bobbi.....UP+++

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    PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida

    Hi AudreyHowitt,

    Great to hear from you. Living in the country one learns to be frugal---and I am still learning.

    Have a great weekend.

    Bobbi Purvis

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    Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

    Such great ideas!

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    PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida

    Hi Dear Audrey,

    I think I will clean out my dresser---it has been so long since it the last time---until it will feel like a shopping spree. I found three pairs of heels in another closet I have never worn---I forgot about them. This was when I was working and was too tired to care.

    I saw in a magazine a lady gave gifts in mason and fruit jars. Her ideas were endless and so cute.

    You have a great weekend your beautiful picture is smiling at me as I write. I will share more frugal ways in the future.

    Your friend,

    Bobbi Purvis

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    Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

    Thanks Bobbi for sharing your re-gifting ideas. Today I clean out my closet and dresser drawers. I may even see what I can re-gift from my kitchen.

    I love this frugal and good money-saving idea.

    I'll post this hub on my FB page, pin on my board, share on Twitter and with my hubpage followers.

    Enjoy your day you lovely, tremendous lady. Sending a hug along just for you. Audrey

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    PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida

    Hi vkwok,

    Try it and see how you feel about it. You have a wonderful October in Hawaii. Thanks for your comment and visit.

    Bobbi Purvis

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    Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

    I haven't tried re-gifting, but I might in the future.

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    PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida

    Hi,

    I am sorry but that is funny. I received a re-gift of Bing Crosby records( My mother's favorite singer)---I don't think I will ever forget that because I still laugh about it. I wonder how old they must be as I have not seen records forever, that gift was way back in someone's closet.

    Thanks for your visit and the comment just made my day since it is 1:07 am.

    Have a great Tuesday.

    Bobbi Purvis

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    FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

    My sister does this and as a result my husband has received a pair of ladies sunglasses, a Chis Farley DVD (he is not a Chris Farley fan?), and a black belt two sizes too big.

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    PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida

    Hi teaches12345,

    It is nice to hear from you and I appreciate your comment. I am enjoying re-gifting when I think it is a great fit for the right person.

    Have a great Tuesday.

    Bobbi Purvis

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    Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

    I regift for the very reasons your friend mentioned. It is nice to regift an item someone else can use -- why store it away to gather dust? With the economy the way it is, others will find this message a welcome idea.

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    PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida

    Hi Nell Rose,

    I know I can still go shopping in my closet be surprised with what I find. Yesterday, I found a pair of earrings someone gave me as a gift, and now I am going to wear them. I know how this happens---when you work, shop and keeping a family going it is easy to just stick something in a closet and forget about it.

    My mother always said: Bobbi's house is always neat and clean---just please do not open a closet. And, that is still true when I become afraid to open a closet then I make myself clean it out---go shopping in my closet.

    I suppose I should do like Sunshine625, Linda and put what I don't need or want on eBay or Amazon.

    Until Later,

    Bobbi Purvis.

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    Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

    lol! thanks bobbi, funnily enough after reading this, I went through my wardrobe, and guess what I found? yep, in the back was an old red bag with purse! yeah!

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    PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida

    Hi,

    Just honest. Have a great week.

    Bobbi

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    shanmarie 3 years ago

    Aw, aren't you sweet!

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    PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida

    Hi shanmarie,

    Thanks for your visit and comment. It is nice to have people like you in our world that is talented in making crafts and handmade gifts.

    Bobbi Purvis

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    shanmarie 3 years ago

    Interesting perspective, though I prefer to make gifts for others if I cannot find something I think they will like or because I think they will appreciate handmade.

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    PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida

    Hi Dear Linda,

    You are a savvy woman and I knew you would be doing this already. You have a great week and enjoy the babies.

    Later,

    Bobbi Purvis

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    Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

    I'm guilty as charged. I do re-gift but ONLY if I know the person would appreciate and could use the gift. I know people who re-gift without considering if the item will be usable...and the gift continues to collect dust. If I can't return a gift, I re-gift, give it away or sell it. This might be why I've only been receiving gift cards as gifts. Yay! Then again those could also be re-gifted! :)

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    PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida

    Hi Nell the Go Go Girl,

    If I still had the red purse I would send it to you, but hang on I might get another one. You have a great Sunday.

    Bobbi

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    PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida

    Hi Bill,

    This is really great to share what you cannot use and save money too. It is frugal time in the country.

    Bobbi

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    Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

    Its not something I have thought of doing, but now you said it...lol! I do have some things that are in the wardrobe, I kept them there after receiving them, I will have to go through them! and can I have that red purse please? LOL! great ideas Bobbi, nell

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    Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

    This fits quite nicely in my frugal lifestyle and yes, we re-gift often. Great information, Bobbi, and I suspect more and more people will be doing this soon.

    bill

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    PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida

    Hi Jodah,

    It is great and others get to enjoy what you do not need or want. Make room somewhere in your home for gifts to re-gift and make sure you save the name tag so the person who gave it to you does not get it back.

    Have a great weekend.

    Bobbi Purvis

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    John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

    This is a great idea Bobbi that I had never thought of. I often get gifts I don't want (well used to). It isn't that the item isn't good quality, just not my type of thing. Re-giving is the perfect solution. Thanks for sharing.