We’ve talked about what to do with gifts you don’t want on Offbeat Home & Life before. One of the suggestions is to regift — that wonderfully taboo idea many of us are familiar with thanks to Seinfeld.
Thanks to my extended family’s incredible generosity but general cluelessness about what I want or need for Christmas, every year I find myself with a bunch of gifts that are very nice, but not quite what I want. After some conversations with friends in the same boat, I decided that regifting shouldn’t be a dirty word. It should be an excuse for a party!
Plan it for after Christmas
This way, everyone’s probably received everything they’re likely to get, and the holiday buzz has died down a bit. Plus: the party doubles as a great excuse to gather all visiting friends under one roof.
Invite friends and tell them to bring any gifts they received that they’d rather regift than keep
Set the gifts on display
No need to re-wrap the regifts. Put them out on a table or even under the tree so guests can peruse them and see if there’s anything they’d rather have. If there’s a popular gift, draw straws to see who gets it.
Whatever’s left gets donated
Anything leftover goes to the local women’s shelter instead of in a forgotten corner of the house.
Eat, drink, watch Seinfeld
Drink the leftover cider, eat the leftover hors d’oeuvres, and watch “The Label Maker” episode of Seinfeld. Bonus points if one of the gifts being regifted was indeed a label maker!
What are your regifting techniques?