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Discussion in 'Forum for Polls' started by Salty, Nov 3, 2009.
Do you pratice re-gifting?
Why or why not?
Re-gifting the early years.... 30 years ago I left for the Army and my best friend, Bob, sent me a Christmas card. I replaced his signature with mine and sent it back to him. We exchanged the same card for almost 10 years. :laugh:
Just a quick real-life story:
My darling wife and I were married in January 1974, and I had orders to move from WA State to Alaska that summer. It seemed like EVERYONE gave us blankets for wedding gifts. As such, we packed many without opening them. We dutifully sent "thank yous" to those who gave us gifts. In August, we moved to Anchorage, AK. We did NOT open all of the packages we had.
A couple of years later, a co-worker got married, and we re-gifted a blanket to the new couple. They thanked us for the blanket and silverware set we gave them!
We quickly contacted the family who had given us that blanket, and told them what had happened. Thankfully, they were great Christian friends, and joyfully laughed with us. They were glad that the silverware was given to someone who needed it, too!
Never, how thoughtless to regift something soemone picked out for you, how thoughtless to give someone a gift you did not pick out for them, and at the same time make them think oyu cared enough to go buy them a gift.
Yes, on rare occasions. But only if (1) it's a gift I already have, (2) it's new and still in the original packaging, and (3) it's not the kind of gift that could break during transit. And I'm speaking of relatively inexpensive gifts; say something like a book.
At Christmas time, the ladies of our church have a White Elephant re-gifting party. It's understood to be gifts that are in good condition that you don't intend to use. It's fun!
That's a hoot, Padre. We have a pair of troll house slippers that we do that with at work. They've been bounced all over the place! :laugh:
I have done this before with a good friend of mine...We just ad a comment to it every time we write!! :laugh:
How about when you find yourself in the unfortunate position of not being able to purchase a gift for someone but still terribly want to give them something?
How about if the gift that you are regifting just isn't right for you but the next person would just love it?
How about if the gift is something that you truly treasure and have decided out of love to pass it on to someone else who would truly treasure it also?
Some things in life are not as black and white as they first seem.
There's nothing wrong with regifting. Giftgiving is a sign of friendship and hospitality, and receiving it is a sign of gratitude. If someone gives you a gift, you should accept it, even if it's something you have no intention of using.
If something you have been given, but will never use, can be a blessing to someone else, then by all mean, let it be a blessing to them, and regift it to them.
Perhaps re-gifting is just a responsible use of what we have. How many people have received duplication of items as wedding gifts. Do you store them in a back room, still in original wrapper, til death us do part?
Re-gift them and make someone else happy.
I like the Flylady's attitude about gifts. She recognizes and appreciates the kindness of the giver. At the same time, if the gift is one that she doesn't particularly delight in, she blesses someone else with it.
We have a sweet elderly lady in our church who gives me perfume every year for Christmas, despite the fact that I'm extremely allergic to all perfumes and everyone in the church knows this fact. Yet, she chooses to show her love for me by getting me a gift every Christmas.
Rather than insult her forgetfulness, I sincerely and politely thank her and give the perfume to someone I know will be able to use it and enjoy it, rather than just toss it in the trash.
I would never want someone to keep a gift I made or bought if it does not bring them joy to use it. I want my love or appreciation for them to bring them joy rather than the object.
Exactly what I would do. This is better than the alternative. :1_grouphug:
I totally agree