Dear Princess Phant,
What are some clever ways to re-gift a white elephant gift?
from: Gift Exchange Fan
Dear Gift Exchange Fan,
Regifting is generally acceptable at gift exchange parties when you can answer “yes” to the following questions:
* Is the item in good, “nearly new” condition?
* Has the host of the party stated that regifting is acceptable?
* Do you think that the original cost of the gift fits within the party’s stated price bracket?
If so, then follow the rules of regifting: never regift one-of-a-kind and/or handmade items! There’s a very good chance that you’ll hurt someone’s feelings if they ever find out you gave away a gift that they made specially for you. And unique items like signed books are out, too! Clever regifters will choose appropriate items to pass on at a white elephant exchange party. Unused household items, inexpensive but nice jewelry, and unopened bottles of wine are good examples. Just try to be sensitive – don’t regift something where there’s a chance that the person who gave you the gift will find out, or worse, actually receive it back again!
One really neat regifting idea is to make it the theme of the whole gift exchange party. Instead of buying actual gifts, everyone should bring along a gift voucher for a different shop. At the start of the game, have everyone draw one name from a hat: the name they draw will be the player for who they have to buy a gift… using whatever gift voucher they end up with after the game! This is a really clever twist – you play not for the gift voucher you want, but for one that you think your selected player might like. And then after the game, you go shopping for them and so regift your gift! It’s a nice touch for groups who want to put an emphasis on sharing and giving during the holiday season.
There’s also the option of regifting white elephant gifts to charity once you’ve had the fun of playing the game.
I hope this was helpful!
Daughter of the King of Burma
Caretaker of the AlbinoPhant Parties