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The rules of re-gifting

  • Written by Candice Meisels

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.”

Re-gifting Rules

  1. Make sure you do not give the gift to the person who bought it for you!
  2. Make sure that you do not give it to the original givers friends or family.
  3. Remove the gift tag, price and any left-over bits of old wrapping paper or tape
  4. Never re-gift something that is bespoke, handmade or homemade
  5. Only re-gift brand new gifts that have not been opened
  6. Make sure to re-wrap in new wrapping paper or a new gift bag
  7. Donate to charity
  8. Check for any forms of personalisation e.g. message in a book
  9. 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!
Got your cuppa tea or coffee, here are the 10 worst re-gifted gifts.


The 10 Worst Re-gifted Gifts

  1. A scratch pack for my birthday that had been scratched and re-gifted. Needless to say none of us were winners.
  2. An engraved salad bowl engraved with the event it was won at ten years before!
  3. Cracked Dinnerware complete with a $5 reduction sticker
  4. A scarf that I had given someone for their birthday a month prior to mine!
  5. A book which had a Happy Birthday note for Sally. I am not Sally.
  6. Make-up with finger marks through it…
  7. Freebies from a hotel. Not even a real re-gift.
  8. A gift card that had already been spent. It had a big fat zero balance.
  9. A box of Xmas chocolates that wished the person who gave it to me a Merry Xmas
  10. 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."

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