My philosophy comes from knowing what I like and will use and learning what others like and will enjoy. I don't like to have a lot of items around I won't use, so if I know I won't use something someone gave me, I place it into a large box I keep in my closet. In the box are a number of items (and not all were once gifts to me) ranging from pretty notebooks to socks to a earrings. I have been collecting things in the box for years. If I'm shopping and see something for less than $5 (typically from the dollar bins) that I think is cute and would give to a friend, I often buy it and put it in the box. This is helpful when I put together a package and want to add in something unexpected.
My Rules for Re-gifting (giving away something someone else gave you):
- The item has to be unused and preferably with tags or in its original packaging (same condition you received it in)
- The item is given in a different circle from where it originated (i.e. if you get something from your dad don't re-gift to your brother, perhaps give it to a friend outside the family)
What's your opinion on re-gifting? Have you done it before?