Regift. Is it a dirty little secret? Or is it coming to be an acceptable practice?
My WEBSTER'S NEW WORLD DICTIONARY, Third College Edition, copyright 1988, doesn't even list the word. Yet it came right up when I typed it into dictionary.com
Main Entry: regift
Part of Speech: v
Definition: to give an unwanted gift to someone else; to give as a gift something one previously received as a gift; also written re-gift
It has always seemed tacky to give as a gift something that was given to you. After all, if the gift was so bad you didn't want it, why would you want to palm it off on someone else? And how much thought could you have given to finding the perfect gift if you're going to simply re-wrap a present you'd already received? And then, there's the the idea that by regifting, you're just being cheap.
But is there a time when regifting is acceptable? Perhaps even a smart thing to do? We've all gotten gifts we didn't particularly like. There might have been nothing wrong with the item, it's just something you're not going to use. Or it might be a duplicate of something you already have. In these tough economic times, why spend money out of a tight budget when there's a perfectly good gift, something you're sure the recipient would enjoy, sitting untouched in your closet? What's wrong with giving to someone else something you don't need?
After all, once you've been given something as a gift, isn't it yours to do with as you want?
So admit it. Have you ever regifted???