Regifting Gains Popularity

Regift: (verb) To give an unwanted gift to someone else; to give as a gift something one previously received as a gift. Webster's New Millennium™ Dictionary of English, Preview Edition (v 0.9.6).

Regifting has gained in popularity since comedian Jerry Seinfeld first coined the term a dec-ade ago. According to the Macmillan English Dictionary, the increasing popularity of the word and its recent link to online auctions has made the phenomenon of regifting more ac-ceptable. In fact, more than half of adults recently surveyed by Money Management Interna-tional (MMI) find regifting acceptable. Even the etiquette experts at the Emily Post Institute approve of the practice in some circumstances.

If you are thinking about regifting this holiday season, ask yourself the following:

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Say "No!" to unwanted bags - when doing your Christmas shopping, take a re-usable shopping bag with you or re-use plastic bags. Don‘t accept bags that you don‘t need this Christmas

Recycle old windows – use as picture or mirror frames!

Create a mosaic with broken tiles and pottery

If somebody gives you a present that you don't really want, rather than throw it away, pass it on to your local hospital, play center, charity shop or school.

You could treat someone to an "experience present" such as theatre tickets, flying lesson or just a trip to the cin-ema - they‘re very personal gifts and don‘t come surrounded by stacks of packaging! Tickets to a sporting event, movie, play, or concert are a real treat! You could even make the voucher out of an old Christmas card.

Shipping a gift? Reuse the foam peanuts from another package, or use unbuttered popcorn for packing.

Not sure what to get someone? How about a gift certificate? That way, you know the gift will be kept.

Make gifts. Everyone appreciates a home-cooked meal or baked goodies.

Make a charitable donation in someone's name.

Think durable! Consider how long an item will last before you make a purchase. Often, a cheaper item will wear out long before its more durable equivalent. Buy gifts that are long lasting, repairable, refillable and easily recy-clable.

Remember to look for items made with recycled content, and when buying gifts, try to avoid items that are ex-cessively packaged.

If you get gifts mailed to you, make sure you aren‘t throwing away the box and plastic packaging. Cardboard can be recycled in many curbside programs or at centers, and plastic peanuts can also be reused by shipping stores.

Reduce wasteful junk mail by calling catalog companies and requesting they remove your name from their mail-ing list. Shop at their online sites instead.

If you get a whole new wardrobe, donate your unwanted clothes to charity shops.

When buying presents look out for those with minimal packaging, or items packed in recycled or recyclable ma-terials (e.g. cardboard).

When you have finished eating all your Christmas chocolates and cookies keep the tins and reuse them as stor-age containers.

If you receive electrical goods this Christmas, don‘t throw your old ones away. Instead recycle them.

Avoid purchasing items which are gimmicky.

REDUCE! REUSE! RECYCLE! - Cards, Gift Wrap & Tag

Wrap gifts in the funny pages or old posters. Or how about an old Clock or a magazine page with your friend's favorite celebrity?

Get creative and design your own wrapping paper using paper shopping bags: decorate them with paints, crayons, or markers. If you use traditional gift wrapping, always buy recycled-content wrapping paper. If your store doesn't sell recycled-content wrapping paper, ask the manager to order it in the future.

Replace new tissue paper with old lace and fabric, strips of paper shopping bags, or even used gift wrap.

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REDUCE! REUSE! RECYCLE! - Some Basic Holiday Statistics

Did you know…?

The average spending for Christmas gifts in 2007 was $859 per person and yet…

87% of Americans believe holidays should be more about family and caring for others, not giving and receiving gifts.

79% of the population believe it's not necessary to spend a lot of money in order to have a fulfilling and enjoyable holiday.

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