Is there anything wrong with re-gifting?

The silly season is upon us, which means it’s about to be present chaos!

We’re going to get into debt to buy presents, with the average Australian who celebrates Christmas spending around $670 on Christmas presents each year, according to Gumtree.

We’re going to spoil our already-entitled kids with extravagant purchases, like iPads and trampolines and swing sets – the same research from Gumtree shows that smartphones/iPhone and computers/laptop are at the top of the wishlist for around 13% of Aussies.


And we’re all going to end up nursing our own fair shares of presents we’d rather not have received. I’m looking at you, giant over-sized lamp that doesn’t suit my décor… when I lived in a tiny apartment and had to travel home via plane. Thanks, mum?

It’s because of this last point that I am a big fan of re-gifting.

Not only do I re-gift on the regular, but I also think there is absolutely nothing wrong with it.

“But it’s rude!” I can imagine you saying.

“We put thought and energy and time into selecting presents. Re-gifting it means the present wasn’t appreciated!”

Au contraire.

I would even go as far as to say that if I give someone a gift and for whatever reason, they don’t love it, I would be happy for them to pass it on to someone else.

At the very least, I’ve saved them some money and the hassle of shopping for something else, so my gift to them has served a purpose… even if it wasn’t the purpose I had intended.

Gumtree says the average person buys around 8 Christmas gifts each year, and collectively we spent over $9.8 billion nationwide.

I saw we promote some savings this year by encouraging the act of guilt-free re-gifting.

There’s only one golden rule: don’t re-gift within the same circle. Received a bottle of pinot noir from Secret Santa at work and you drink white? Re-wrap that bad boy for uncle Jim. Unwrap a book from mum that you already own? Set it aside for a friend’s birthday in the new year.

This is the art of successful re-gifting. It’s a sacred tradition as old as leaving out cookies for Santa, and it’s time we stopped feeling embarrassed about it!