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Saturday, October 20, 2007

Frugal and the "Re"-Gift

Has anyone ever "re-gifted" an item? You know, you receive something for a gift you either don't like or already have and so you RE-gift it to someone else? I have never actually done this, but have often thought it made a lot of frugal sense. I mean, no one would ever know you had not actually purchased the gift yourself, and then you save the money you would have spent on a brand new gift and everyone wins...right? Well...

Back in April these friends of ours brought a sweet baby boy into the world. They had not been given a baby shower that I knew of, so I went out immediately to do some shopping! I looked around the children's clothing department to pick an outfit that would be the cutest, most adorable outfit in the store, and when I found that PERFECT outfit, I bought TWO! Yes, one for my baby boy (still in the oven at that point) and one for our friend's baby boy. When I got home later that evening, I tenderly packed one of the outfits away for our baby, and wrapped up the other one for their baby. I then mailed it and haven't thought of it since - until last Wednesday.

That was the day we got a package in the mail from these same friends. When I saw the package, ever-so-sweetly addressed to our new son, I ripped open the wrapping to see what cute new outfits or baby gadgets it might contain. Well, what was in there was cute all right! It was the exact outfit I had sent to them 6 months ago in April!!!!

Now, I will admit this hurt my feelings slightly. My optimistic side said maybe they had recieved two and sent me the spare. My pessimistic side said maybe I have poor taste and they just plain didn't like it. Either way, I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that I had recieved a RE-gift. After the initial shock wore off, I found the obvious humor in the situation. I mean, it really is funny! And, luckily I have a cousin whom is also preggers with a little boy, so I figure I'll give it to her and it won't be wasted. The question is this: Is it a re-gift if you re-gift an item that was re-gifted to you if you were the one who bought it in the first place?

The moral of the story? YES, Re-gifting is a very frugal way to give presents. But just make sure you don't re-gift it to its OWN giver! That's all I'm saying! :)
I've Been ReGifted My Own Gift!!

6 comments:

WesternWarmth said...

Oh my gosh, that is too funny! Too bad there isn't a way to somehow let them know...maybe I'm mean. That just seems to take a lot of forgetfulness to let that happen. I've not ever re-gifted because I'm a returner or hand me down giver if something can't be returned.

Louise said...

I've never re-gifted for this very reason... I would probably give it to the person who gave it to me. AND besides that, what if that person came and asked where the gift she/he gave you was??? Hey, that's what you should do.... ask your friend to send you a picture of the outfit on her baby so you can see if it looks as good on her baby as it does on YOUR baby.
< very big evil grin >

Kacie said...

That's hilarious! I think those outfits are adorable.

Debbie J. said...

That is a cute outfit! She just had too many clothes and didn't remember you giving it to her I guess! This is a lesson for us all!

Blue Sky said...

Haha, I like the pcture taking idea! I do wish I could let them know!

Littlepenpen said...

That is so funny! I can imagine how shocked you were. She would DIE if she realized she had done this!