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.
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.
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.
My First Re-Gifting Closet List
Items I found in my first shopping spree in my closet:
Earrings from the Bahamas
Jeans with butterflies
Books on How to---I already had How to books collecting dust in my bookcase.
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)
T-Shirts to sleep in
Cellphone cover with sparkles
Silk Pillowcases (2) sets
Foot Massager (Duplication)
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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