Question of the week: Re-gifting, yay or nay?
Answer: Heck Yeah!!
I'll give you a point blank example of re-gifting gone good. In a conversation with my sister-in-law (who happens to be ANOTHER Danielle - geesh!) about making homemade jam for Christmas baskets, she mentioned that her husband goes wild for Plum Jam. Actually, Danielle's words, and I quote, "he get's a boner." So there ya have it, he loves it THAT much. It's not plum season - so making plum jam for my bro-in-law wasn't an option.
However. Da-da-daaaaaa! My awesome neighbors came over a few days before Christmas bearing homemade jam from their...wait for it,....wait for it....PLUM TREE! Call it rude, I call it excited, but I told my neighbor right then and there,
"Please don't take offense to this, but I know someone that will get a boner for this jam. Do you mind if I pass it along?"
She gave me the nod of approval and away it went into my gift basket for my in-laws. Come to find out, my brother-in-law's grandmother used to ship him homemade plum jam every summer from her house in Oregon. Taste alone isn't solely why he loves it - nostalgic thoughts of grammy are stirred up in every bite. I made sure to tell my neighbor the details of the re-gifting - how cool to make something that has cherished memories attached to it!
So I say heck yes to re-gifting if done with the right intention. Don't just give something away you'd never use or don't like. If you know someone else could benefit from it - I say pass it along. However, I would be careful in telling the original gifter. In my case it was just plum jam - I couldn't imagine re-gifting a costly or time consuming present (like a hand-sewn quilt).
So what do you say? Yay or Nay?
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