The Best Gifts to Regift
This is a list of the best gifts to regift. Despite people's best intentions, they don't always get you the best presents. Whether it be for your birthday or for Christmas, you're bound to end up with at least one present that, no matter how much we smile and pretend otherwise, we just plain don't like. Maybe it's a book we never want to read or a CD from a band you hate. Maybe somebody decided that, for a Christmas or birthday present, you'd really like some lottery tickets, or maybe a novelty toy that farts every time somebody walks by it. Whatever the reason, some birthday and Christmas presents just don't cut the mustard.
For bad presents such as these, it's become more and more popular to regift. Regifting, quite simply, is the act of taking a birthday or Christmas present you don't want, wrapping it up again, and giving it to somebody else as a birthday or Christmas present of their very own. At which point, it's their problem. If they like it, great. If not, also great. It doesn't matter, because it is no longer your present.
Here are some of the best presents to regift, as they all qualify under the unofficial rules of regifting: it must be unopened, it must be unused, and it can't have any sentimental value attached to it. if you're going to regift one of your Christmas or birthday presents, it needs to be something cheesy and/or general, the kind of present anybody could buy anybody. That way, when you re-gift it for somebody else, nobody asks questions.
Unless, of course, you accidentally regift a present to the same person that gave it to you in the first place. They might have questions, and you probably won't have any good answers. Make sure this never, ever happens, and your regifting experience should prove a successful one.
- Photo: Capes Treasures / Flickr / CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0Pleasant-smelling candles are the ultimate feel-good gift for whenever you don't know how to make somebody feel good. As long as you don't light it up once or twice before wrapping it up, you can re-gift just about any candle to just about anybody, and they'll be thrilled to bits about it.
- Photo: julochka / Flickr / CC-BY-NC 2.0As long as you don't start dog-earring the pages or writing in the margins, books are incredibly easy to regift. What's more, they come with the added implication that you think the recipient likes to read. Even if they don't, who's going to admit it?
The best part about regifting board games is, even if the person you gave them to doesn't play games, they're bound to know at least one kid or kid-at-heart who does. One way or another, somebody's going to have fun with your gift.
Box Of ChocolatesPhoto: Mandy Jansen / Flickr / CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0Most people love chocolate and are willing to take a chance with a variety box of them. Maybe they won't like every one of them, but they'll probably like most. Just remember to include the guide, because otherwise they might bite into something horrible, and nobody wants that on Christmas.
Gift CardsPhoto: 401kcalculator.org / Flickr / CC-BY-SA 2.0While some may see them as lazy presents, far more people love and embrace gift cards. Giving one to somebody gives them the peace of mind that, whatever they may buy with the card, it will be exactly what they want. And unless they're psychic, there's no way they should realize that it's a regift.
Bath ProductsPhoto: The Roost Fine Art / Flickr / CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0Everybody likes to smell good and feel a little bit pampered, so re-gifting a bunch of bath products designed to do so will likely go over very well. Just don't sample any beforehand; that's kind of weird.