First, let us weigh the pros and cons of giving away unwanted gifts, also known as “regifting”:
When giving gifts, your thoughts should be about kindness toward the person you are giving to. If your unwanted gifts truly seem appropriate for someone else, then they should have them. Be sure to recognize the efforts of the person who gave you the unwanted gift then turn around and be considerate of what the person you are giving to wants. Figure out how comfortable you are with the pros and cons of regifting and if it does not seem right, then don’t do it. However, if you are in favor, please watch your manners:
1. Make sure the person you are giving the gift to will want the gift
2. Make sure no one will recognize the gift as a regift, especially the person that gave it to you
3. Remove all evidence of the person who gave you the gift
4. Rewrap the gift
5. Be confident
This effort takes organization. If you keep your items for regift together then, when a gift is needed, you can go to your collection. If possible, keep your gift wrap supplies close as well. This will make the overall effort of giving as simple as possible.
Consider adding other items to the collection: things you have neglected to return, things that are new but they do not fit (like clothes you buy but never wear), things you make or things your family meant to use but never got around to (like wedding gifts). When people are criticized for regifting, it is about the perception that you do not care. If you follow the above steps, your thoughtfulness will be evident. Be sure to set up your system to make it simple to select the right gift from what you have. If not, then go buy one.