The Art of Regifting
Sometimes you get gifts that just aren't right for you, or quite simply, you just don't have the room for it. So what's the harm in giving it to someone else who might treasure it? Instead of feeling guilty for regifting, embrace it!
Evette and Rachael's Guilt-Free Regifting Tips:
Honesty is the best policy. Don't try to pass off a re-gift as a new present. "Tell them when you got the gift, it wasn't right for you but you knew it would be perfect for them," Evette explains. "It makes them think you've thought about them more than if you just bought something for them because you were rushed and had to get a present." Likewise, she adds, don't put a gift from the 99-cent store in a department store box ... just tell the truth!
Regift to someone you know who wants the gift. Don't just pass the buck. "If you have someone in mind that you know would like the gift you received, give it to them and tell that person that when you got this gift, their name immediately came to mind," Evette advises.
Have a regifting party. That way everyone is on the same playing field and people get to recycle the stuff they don't want.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle... Repurpose?
In lieu of giving away the presents you don't want, try turning them into something you can use or regift!
Repurpose the stuffed animals taking up space in the toybox (or floor), by making them into bookends or doorstops.
- Stuffed animal (preferably one with a large posterior)
- Small sandwich-sized Ziploc-type bags
- Seam ripper
- Needle and thread
- Use seam ripper to gently cut open the seam on the stuffed animal's posterior.
- Take out all of the stuffing in the stuffed animal. Make sure to keep stuffing in the appendages if they are long and thin, and keep some around the head for shape.
- Fill Ziploc-type bag with sand. Keep filling the bag until you have roughly enough sand to fill the volume of the stuffed animal. Start with less sand, you can always add more the bag if need be.
- Once you have the right amount of sand in the bag, seal it very well and double-bag it to make sure there is no spillage.
- Stuff the sandbag into the stuffed animal
- Using a simple whip stitch, sew the animal closed again. Now the stuffed animal can serve a both a functional and decorative purpose in a room!
If your child has outgrown a picture book, turn it into a picture frame.
- Picture book, preferably hard-cover
- X-Acto blade or other utility blade
- Straight edge
- Double-stick tape
- Elmer's or other type of white wood/craft glue
- Brush to apply glue
- Open the picture book to a page that you would like to use as a frame.
- Measure the size of the opening needed for the photo(s) you would like to showcase.
- Draw the size of the opening with pencil on a page in the book.
- Using a straight edge, carefully cut out the opening for the photo.
- Attach the photo to the book with double-stick tape or self-sticking Velcro directly underneath the frame you just cut out.
- Glue the pages before the photo together so they're stiff.
- Mount on the wall with picture hangers or leave open in a bookcase and enjoy!
Turn those "just-not-me" earrings into cufflinks.
- Pair of hanging pierced-ear earrings
- Cufflink hardware (can be purchased at any bead/jewelry or crafting store)
- Needle-nose pliers
- Gorilla Glue or any other type of industrial strength adhesive
- 1 cup of uncooked rice in a small bowl or cup
- Use pliers to open up the link attaching the earring's charm to the earring hardware.
- Once you have the charm separated from the earring, make sure charm is flat and clean.
- Apply glue or adhesive as directed to the surface of the charm and the cufflink hardware.
- Place cufflink into the rice so that it stays straight and steady while it is drying.
- Once it is dry, flake off any grains of rice that may have gotten attached during the gluing process and you're ready to re-gift a cool set of cufflinks!
Transform unwanted neckties into a great belt.
- 2 neckties (get creative with matching/contrasting)
- Needle and thread (try to pick a thread that matches both ties as closely as possible)
- Straight pins
- Overlap points of ties a bit
- Pin the ties to one another in their overlapped positions
- Use a simple whipstitch to sew the two ties together (try to keep your stitches as tight as possible).
- Once you have stitched around the point of the top tie, close your stitch with a knot and you've got a super-trendy obi belt!
Turn your unused water jugs, cookie jars and teapots into vases.
The next time you're planning on getting flowers for a birthday or housewarming, stick them in an unwanted jug, jar or pot. You're not only repurposing but regifting at the same time!
Repurposing works on your wardobe too! Find out great ways to get a new look out of the same old clothes.
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