Stealth Mode: Regifting for Christmas

Mariam Ahumada, Staff Writer

With the holiday season coming up, people are becoming increasingly tight on money. Re-gifting is something many people have considered, but not many people know how to do it properly. Luckily for all you Cavaliers, here are some got-to-know rules on how to stealthily re-gift.

Rule #1: DO NOT ACCIDENTALLY GIVE THE GIFT BACK TO THE SAME PERSON! The worst, and most commonly made mistake, is when people accidentally give the gift back to the person who originally gave the gift. The best way to prevent this from happening is to label the gifts and gift bags as soon as possible.

Try and make sure that the re-gifting doesn't go full circle and come right back to the person who gave it you in the first place.
Try to make sure that the re-gifted gift does not go back to the person who originally gave it to you.

Rule #2: DO NOT TELL ANYONE. Re-gifting can be a very fragile subject for some people since it can be seen as the person does not care to purchase a present for the person. Additionally, if the person who gave the gift finds out that their gift has been re-gifted, it can ruin relationships. It is best to keep your “re-gifted” items a secret to prevent ruining relationships.

“Whenever I get a gift that isn’t my style my go-to is to give it to one of my friends. Now, if my friend is the one who gave me the gift I try to give it to someone from another friend group,” junior Bianca Ruiz said.

Rule #3: THE NO ASSOCIATION RULE. Re-gifting is a process that takes a lot of thought, remember that the person who gave the gift first cannot—under any circumstance—find out. This means that the person who will be receiving the gift cannot know the person who gave you the gift; this reduces the chances of them finding out.

Think carefully about who will be receiving the gift. Not getting caught is worth the thought.
Think carefully about who will be receiving the gift.

Rule #4: KNOW WHEN NOT TO RE-GIFT. There is such a thing as a gift too personal to be re-gifted, like  objects with names on them, personalized notes, or even pictures. These kinds of gifts should not be given away because it would be obvious that what the person is receiving is a re-gifted gift.

Re-gifting. Sometimes it's best to just not do it.
Re-gifting: sometimes it’s best not to do it.

Re-gifting takes a lot of thought and a lot of stealth, so do not try it unless your willing to go the extra mile to keep people from finding out. If you do decide to go down this path, make sure to follow these rules to prevent any trouble!