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Merry Christmas! Now the Question: To Regift or Not to Regift?

Merry Christmas! I hope everyone is enjoying time with loved ones this week. Family and friends are important. We must nurture those relationships because nothing is forever.

Now on to a more commercial topic. Do you ever regift? I was raised to never get rid of something that was given to me as a gift. I’ve always tried to adhere to that practice. If someone takes the time to to buy or make a gift for me, I want to cherish it. The old adage, “It’s the thought that counts,” is true. I didn’t even learn about regifting until I was in college and saw a friend do it. As I’ve grown older, I’ve found myself regifting every now and then.

I don’t feel bad about regifting white elephant gifts because they weren’t bought specifically for me. I participated in five white elephant/Dirty Santa gift exchanges this year. I ended up with some nice things that I’m honored to keep. I also opened a few that I didn’t keep.

I received a hot pink fluffy pillow in one exchange, which I knew I’d be giving my granddaughter the moment I saw it. It was the cuddliest pillow I think I’ve ever seen. This thing begged to be hugged and squeezed. I was sure my granddaughter would love it. I was right. She adored the super-soft huggable pillow. It has a much better home with her, anyway. I would have put it on a chair and leaned on it. She embraces it in her little arms and talks to it as only a two-year-old can.

Another white elephant gift I received this year was a high-end body lotion set with a fragrance that burned my nose and made my eyes water. While I hated it, I knew someone who would absolutely love it. I was right. She immediately smoothed the lotion all over her hands and elbows. It made me happy to see her enjoy it as I surreptitiously backed away from her to avoid inhaling any of that harsh fragrance.

I still feel that gifts are to be appreciated and kept, but I’m practical enough to realize that sometimes it’s better to pass a gift on to someone who will truly love it. Regifting beats being wasteful any day.

I hope you all have a great Christmas or whatever holiday you celebrate. Enjoy the warmth of your family and friends. Thank you for reading Ozarks Maven! If you’ve enjoyed my little seeds of wisdom and joy, please subscribe to Ozarks Maven, Like Ozarks Maven on Facebook, or follow me on Twitter @OzarksMaven.

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