Our colleague JOAN WHITEBOOK has a green idea you may want to consider. In the post that follows, she point out, " Re-gifting makes the holidays GREEN and You can Save GREEN! " Read on...
A few years ago I went to visit my family in Oklahoma over the holidays.
It is a tradition of our family to gather for dinner on Christmas day. The get-together takes place my cousin's home.
After dinner we gather around for gift giving. One person is designated by uncle Lenn to be "Santa's Helper" and pass out a gift to a family member.
As a gift is opened, the other family members and friends look on and then another family member receives a gift ... and so it goes.
On this particular evening, Santa's Helper delivered a beautifully wrapped gift to Aunt Marj.
Aunt Marj slowly removed the ribbon and folded the paper neatly so she could reuse it again.
As she lifted the lid to the box, she let out a scream. My first thought was that there was a live mouse in the box! However, it turned out to be a coffee maker with automatic everything -- radio and timer included.... very nice indeed!
The problem was two-fold:
Aunt Marj hated coffee and she had given the coffee maker to my cousin Jennifer as a wedding present a couple of years before. ...
Apparently Jennifer received 3 coffee makers as wedding presents. Jennifer decided to re-gift THIS automatic coffee maker to another cousin whose name is Paula. And as fate would have it cousin Paula now re-gifted the automatic coffee maker to Aunt Marj!
So what do you think about the idea of re-gifting?
Re-gifting ~~ The word can be attributed to a 1995 "Seinfeld" episode. Although experts tell us that regifting has been around a long time, with the economy being down, re-gifting has made a big come back.
A recent survey found that nearly 60 percent of the people polled admitted they had re-gifted!
If you are considering re-gifting this year, hear are a few tips.
- Don't re-gift something that has been used
- Put the gift in a NEW bag or new box
- Don't leave on part of the tape or old wrapping paper
- Don't give a partially used gift card
- Don't give a gift card to a company that has gone out of business
- Don't give something you have owned for many years
- Be sure to remove the greeting card that came with the gift!
- And Don't return the same gift to the person who gave it to you in the first place!
Re-gifting makes the holidays GREEN and You can Save GREEN!
So my friends... what say you ~ re-gifting ~ NAUGHTY OR NICE?
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