Consumer Reports Holiday Shopping Poll recently reported that this year, 36 percent of Americans plan on regifting–that is, giving a gift they received to someone else. That's up from 31 percent the year before. Our own Tightwad Tod discusses the phenomenon here.
If you think you'll be among that population passing on the wealth, consider these tips, adapted from Regiftable.com, a Web site sponsored by Money Management International, a not-for-profit credit-counseling service:
•Ensure the gift is something you really can give again. Handmade or one-of-a-kind items are taboo for regifting. Same for signed books and monogrammed items. Appropriate goods might be bottles of wine, unopened boxes of candy, new household items and inexpensive jewelry.
•Check the condition. Give only new, unopened packages.
•Consider the gift's desirability. If you don't like it, do you really think someone else will?
•Think: Can you get away with it? Make sure you don't give back the gift to the giver. Regift to folks unlikely to see or know the original giver. And consider whether you can keep the secret, without guilt.
•Wrap it up nice. Use new wrapping paper and a new card or gift tag. Only reuse gift bags in good condition.