The Thursday before Christmas is Regiting Day.
If you’re not familiar with the term, regifting is like recycling; giving new life to a gift that you didn’t want. Some people frown on the practice, but if the gift is something that you know another person would enjoy, why not turn your clutter into someone else’s pleasure? Just make sure you remove any cards or tags that would indicate the gift came from someone else.
If you give away a gift that was meant for you, are you inclined to buy something else for yourself?
Those who study consumer psychology say that more and more shoppers are giving themselves “gifts” during this season of giving. An article in The Washington Post addressed this issue:
Economic, demographic and generational changes, they say, have had a Pavlovian effect. Americans hear “Christmas” and think “massive bargain-shopping for all the stuff I didn’t get during the year.”
Before you score any “bargains,” for yourself or others, scrutinize your financial situation and consider shopping your closet first.