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This article is written in the spirit of Reduce, Reuse, Regift, Recycle. If you are the recipient of a gift that does not fit, is a duplicate, just unwanted, missed the mark or not “you”, you can choose to regift or donate. We explain how you can start thoughtfully regifting.

A good gift does not always have to be bought brand new! Thoughtful regifting is good for the environment, plays a part in combating consumerism and is good for your purse strings too. If you happen to live by the mantra “one in one out” or love minimalism, then this practice may resonate with you too. Gifts should be shared and used rather than sit unused and take up room.


Have a central space – box or draw that works as a catch-all for items you choose to regift. Note down who gave you each gift so that you do not return the item to the original giver. Of course, you can always have a few sensibly purchased items included in this draw for emergencies. This practice is beneficial for last-minute gifts for children.

Rules to play by

Give a gift that is appropriate to the receiver – not a gift just for the sake of getting rid of something.

Regift if you are from a smoke-free home. You may not notice the smell, but others can.

Regift if you are from a pet-free home. Allergies, need we say more?

Regift unused items. (Using something once, places it in the donate to second-hand category.)

Check it twice

Unwrap the gift fully and check for anything personal you may need to remove.

Check all the parts are included.

Check food items are in date.

Check inside books for inscriptions.

Wrap it up

Rewrap the gift with a thought to the presentation.

Do it quietly. There is no need to mention you are regifting unless you want to rebel and start a trend. In that case, you can click over to The Gift Rebellion, which has paper and cards explaining that the gift is regifted or second hand.

Other ways to “regift”

Donate to second-hand charity stores

Sell them in a garage sale if you can gather enough “stuff” to make it worthwhile.

Place items on eBay or classifieds after a bit of time has passed.

IDEAS does information so you can regift.