GroupTogether, an online tool that organises group gifts and collections researched the worst re-gifted gifts and rules around re-gifting. Grab a cup of coffee, try not to spit it out at your computer when you read the below and most importantly make a mental note of the re-gifting rules.
Ali Linz, Co-founder, GroupTogether says: “We need to think about Mindful gifting and Consumption; grouping together for one gift that’ll be valued. Less waste from unwanted gifts, packaging, petrol and time. It’s better all round.”
- Make sure you do not give the gift to the person who bought it for you!
- Make sure that you do not give it to the original givers friends or family.
- Remove the gift tag, price and any left-over bits of old wrapping paper or tape
- Never re-gift something that is bespoke, handmade or homemade
- Only re-gift brand new gifts that have not been opened
- Make sure to re-wrap in new wrapping paper or a new gift bag
- Donate to charity
- Check for any forms of personalisation e.g. message in a book
- Next time you have to organise a gift for a friend, family member or colleague, pool together and get one great group gift or voucher that you know that they will really want!
The 10 Worst Re-gifted Gifts
- A scratch pack for my birthday that had been scratched and re-gifted. Needless to say none of us were winners.
- An engraved salad bowl engraved with the event it was won at ten years before!
- Cracked Dinnerware complete with a $5 reduction sticker
- A scarf that I had given someone for their birthday a month prior to mine!
- A book which had a Happy Birthday note for Sally. I am not Sally.
- Make-up with finger marks through it…
- Freebies from a hotel. Not even a real re-gift.
- A gift card that had already been spent. It had a big fat zero balance.
- A box of Xmas chocolates that wished the person who gave it to me a Merry Xmas
- Bath and body products with the internal seals removed!
Julie Tylman, Co-founder, GroupTogether, adds: “We think of GroupTogether as a type of mindful giving. Not only are you giving one gift that is truly wanted, at the same time you are cutting out all the waste: wrapping paper, ribbons, cards, envelopes, plastic packaging, petrol used running around to the shops.“So you give one great gift, make the planet happy and can even donate a bit to charity. A true win-win-win!” Tis’ the season of re-gifting so make sure that you know the rules."