Did you know National Regifting Day is recognized on the Thursday before Christmas Day? It was first declared in the state of Colorado back in 2008 thanks to the tradition that seemed to occur in office parties. No surprise. Best place to rid of an unwanted gift – Hello, Secret Santa…we see you!

Speaking of unwanted gifts, what are the most returned items of the holiday season?

In its 2018 Gifting Survey, BlackFriday.com looked into unwanted gifts and who gives them.

According to the survey, the people in your life most likely to give you unwanted gifts are your in-laws:

Who gives the worst gifts in your family?

  • Your in-laws – 24%
  • Your siblings – 19%
  • Your friends – 14%
  • Your grandparents – 14%
  • Your significant other – 12%
  • Your parents – 12%
  • Other – 5%

Hmmmm….interesting, right?

Well, some of us have no issues with regifting items as long as you took Aunt Karen’s hand written label off first.

Here are some handy tips for all the regifters – seasoned or newbies…

Follow these tips when regifting:

  • Put a little extra effort into the presentation: Even if you do have a good candidate for a regift, don’t simply pass it on in its original packaging. Wrinkled tissue paper makes it too obvious that a gift has been sitting in our closet, and you might accidentally pass on an enclosed card that was written to you.
  • Make note of who gave you the gift: With so many gifts being exchanged around the holidays, you run the risk of forgetting who gave you something and then regifting it back to them.
  • Regift in a different social circle: If you regift within the same social circle that brought the gift to you, the present might get recognized. So label gifts you plan to regift carefully (giver’s name, occasion and date) to help you keep track.
  • Consider auctions: If you have a school-aged child or a friend who hosts, say, military functions, that unwanted spa basket could make a great contribution to a fundraising auction. Note, however, that the gift must usually still be packaged in its original cellophane and seals to be considered for charity auctions.
  • Mix and match: If you had to open the gifts packaging to realize you don’t want it (maybe the lotion has a too-strong scent, or the scarf is an unflattering color for you), you can combine those unwanted items into a gift basket for someone else. The dollar store is home to dozens of decorative baskets you can use to complete the gift.
  • Consider the item: Not all gifts are good regifting candidates. Apparel in general is a risky regift (or gift in general) usually because of sizing. However, one-size-fits-all items (such as scarves or mittens) may be successfully regifted. Tech items, our survey found, are less likely to be unwanted. So, if you received a duplicated phone charger, headphones or other useful tech item, it could make a good regifting option for the right person.
  • Know when to keep an item: Regifting a family heirloom is a definite no. Instead, pass those pieces down to someone in the family who will appreciate them.
  • Time the regift properly: The closer the turn around, the more likely it is that someone will catch on. (taking a gift you received on Christmas Eve and giving it as a host gift on New Year’s Eve, for example).
  • Make regifting a tradition: If a gift you received was an obvious prank or inside joke within your social circle, and you don’t want it taking up space in your home, feel free to continue to pass it around. It will get a laugh and can become a tradition.

*Source: Sarah Hollenbeck, Shopping and Savings Expert  Offers.com