With Christmas just around the corner, I am sure many of you are still searching for the perfect gifts for your loved ones.
Although this is one of my favorite holidays, I have never liked all the pressure surrounding the custom of buying Christmas presents. I believe you should give a gift to someone because you want to make them feel happy, not because you have to. I also don’t like the idea of accumulating useless item, or participating in the consumerism race. At the end of the day, I believe the thought and intentions count, not the monetary value of your present.
So, today I would like to talk about re-gifting. I know this is a big and controversial topic for many of you, but I would ask you to keep an open mind here for a second.
I honestly believe that re-gifting is a good practice and it does not in any way undermine your intentions or decrease the value of your present. Imagine you have something that you don’t use or enjoy, but you believe it can make someone else happy. Why hold on it? As the old saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
There is one “but” thought. “Don’t give just to give” rule applies here as well. And don’t re-gift just because you want to get rid of something. First, you should think of the person you what to make happy, about their interests and taste. Then, you can decide if you have something among your passions that you can give to them.
And, if I have not convinced you yet, let me try with a few more reasons why re-gifting is good.
5. You give another chance to an item “to live”
I believe that by re-gifting an item, you give it a chance to fulfill its purpose in a better way. Why leave something to gather dust when you can give it to someone who can use it.
This is especially true for books. I have never understood why people collect books, especially these that they don’t like or intend to read again. For me, a book in the shelf is a dead book. Books are made to be read and in my option they make the perfect “re-gift”.
I hate waste and I hate how carelessly we treat our possessions. I believe re-gifitng is a small step to a more sustainable lifestyle that treats items with more respect.
4. Re-gifting is more economic
This sounds selfish and stingy, doesn’t it? Well, it doesn’t have to be.
Isn’t it more selfish to keep unwanted possession just because it is yours, when someone else might love it? When re-gifting you save money which you can use for better purposes – for example for friends or family who need it more, or for charity.
3. Some presents increase their value when re-gifted
This sounds like a nonsense, right? However, there are certain times when a gift can turn more valuable in someone else’s possession than in yours.
How about you give your mother’s skirt to a friend who loves vintage clothing? This is a piece of clothing you find old-fashioned and you would never wear while she will appreciate its value.
How about you give an old piece of family jewelry to your girlfriend? Such a gift has enormous sentimental value and certainly means much more that something you bought from the store yesterday.
It can also be an item that made you happy, and you would now want to pass this happiness to someone else. I have once received such a gift, old cassette player, and knowing how much it meant to the person who gave it to me, it almost brought me to tears.
2.Re-gifting helps you decluter and focus on the important things
With the rise of the minimalism movement in the past year, the topic of decluttering became quite popular. We have all heard about the benefits of maintaining a well-organized home environment. Fewer items mean fewer things to clean. You will get rid of the constant pressure to keep everything tidy. You will also gain more space for the things you actually love and you will start appreciating each item more.
Most of all, decluttering have great benefits for your mental state. It makes you feel free and it decreases stress. It helps you focus better and be more productive. It can even increase your energy levels, helps you make better decision and be more creative.
Re-gifting is just one way of decluttering your home. And, if it helps you become a better version of yourself, why not start doing it. Don’t you own yourself and everyone around you to be a happier person? Don’t you own yourself and your family a nicer environment to live in? It seems like a win-win situation when by achieving this, you also make someone else happy by gifting them something of yours that they will appreciate more.
1. It is environmentally responsible
Can you just imagine the impact consumerism has on the environment? The increase of production leads to pollution, resource depletion, climate change, deforestation and more. All these environmental consequences could be avoided, if only we weren’t living the illusion that we need more goods.
That is a really big topic that deserves a discussion on its own. Now I would only touch upon it, as Christmas is the perfect time to raise awareness to the problem. It is also the perfect time for you to make your contribution in battling it. You can refuse Christmas gifts, start reducing materialistic possessions and increase recycling. The latter also mean regifting.