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Week 16: Regift

This week’s topic is a quick and easy way to pass along unwanted stuff from your family to someone else who is more likely to enjoy it. Regifting is easy: when it comes time to find a present or gift for someone, consider giving them a gently used item from your own home that your family has finished with.

In my house, regifting started because my oldest son hates colouring. When he was really young he got tons of colouring books, crayons, and markers from family and friends. It all sat collecting dust on a shelf for years. An avid colouring fan myself, I couldn’t bring myself to just throw it away. So over the years, we added bits and pieces to other people’s gifts and it started a trend. Years later, when my son wants to give a gift, he still looks first to his own books and toys to see if there’s something his friends might enjoy before we head to the toy store. We’ve also made Lego creations for friends, which is always a favourite.

There’s a strange stigma around regifting because some people might think you’re being cheap. While saving money is definitely a perk, sometimes a little discussion around the topic might help. You can share a story about how the item always made you think of them, or how much you thought they might enjoy it. If people understand that there was a lot of thought that went into the gift, they will probably be less likely to jump to negative conclusions.

Another great way to break the stigma is to invite other to regift for you. For Christmas, try a regifting Secret Santa, or maybe a book swap for a child’s birthday. Let friends and family know that you’d rather receive something second hand if possible.

Be open and transparent about your regift. You don’t need to feel guilty or think that a regift is second rate. It’s a great way to save money, reduce unused stuff in your house, and share green practices with others!

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