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Regifting: What to Do With Unwanted Christmas Gifts

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Many of us will have received gifts we didn’t want this Christmas. The question is, when is it ok to regift them?

Up until perhaps a decade ago – in a pre-credit crunch world – storing an unwanted present to wrap up again for someone else might have been frowned upon.

It was something some people did, but maybe didn’t tell anyone. A dirty little gift-giving secret.

With time comes change often ushering in behavior to fit the occasion.  The prepackaged little secret was given a name: regifting. Soon it became a buzzword and the socially acceptable thing to do with those five bubble bath sets, three pairs of gloves and multiple boxes of chocolates from Auntie Mary.

The unthinkable happened – passing off unwanted gifts to unsuspecting friends and family became the norm. Regifting became cool. How would one define such a secret?

Regift,v.

To give as a gift again; (in later use) spec. to give (an unwanted gift that one has received) to someone else as a gift.

Bonita Turner, fashion editor turned blogger at Mamas VIB, knows a thing or two about shopping and the etiquette of regifting.

“I hate the thought of being ungrateful – but sometimes you just don’t need or want something that someone has given you,” she says.

“I keep any ‘unwanted’ gifts in a plastic-lidded box to regift throughout the year. I also donate some to Cancer Research charity shops, one year I handed a lot to a hospice for their raffle table and any soft toys and games to my local women’s refuge.”

Ms Turner says she has recently passed on a book which was bought for her by a friend but already owned, ironically titled “The Thrift Book: Live Well and Spend Less” by India Knight.

Many people end up donating unwanted gifts to charity, usually allowing a respectable amount of time to lapse before passing it on.

Sanna Pehkonen, who writes a parenting blog called Wave to Mummy, says: “If it is something I don’t need or don’t want I put it aside for later re-gifting, or for donating for a good cause. I might also keep some small items for the office Secret Santa.

“Obviously if the item does come with a gift receipt I’ve sometimes returned them and bought something more suitable for myself with the credit note.”

Six things to do with an unwanted gift

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  1. Donate it to a charity shop
  2. Save them in a safe place to regift as birthday presents throughout the year
  3. Keep for the office secret Santa
  4. Sell it, like thrift blogger Katy Stevens, who says: “If it is an expensive item I will try and sell it and buy myself something else nice with the money.”
  5. Send soft toys to a women’s refuge
  6. Organize a present swap with friends – or play a game like Michelle McNulty

Erin Ek Rush, from the website Yorkshire Tots, tries not to keep anything that doesn’t ‘”spark joy”.

She says: “After reading Spark Joy by Marie Kondo, I try to not keep anything in the house that doesn’t do just that, so this includes gifts I can’t use or don’t suit me.

“Instead of feeling guilty about passing things on, it’s better to think they are being used and appreciated by someone. If I think I know of someone who would like or use an item, I pass it along then and there.”

There can be pitfalls to re-gifting though, so make sure you remember who gave you the item in question. Forgetting could backfire.

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According to Karen Beddow – a mother-of-three and author of travel blog Mini Travellers – it’s usually fine among friends.

“I received a scarf from a friend which I gave her the year before,” she says. “It made me giggle, I don’t mind that at all.”

It might also be worth being careful to look up the cost of a present before you re-gift it.

Mrs Beddow adds: “I had been given some very expensive face cream as a thank you from a client at work, and had no idea of the value. The recipient was gobsmacked I had spent that much.”

Some people think it’s acceptable to give an unwanted present back to the giver. Katie Haydock, from lifestyle blog Life on Vista Street, has had gifts given back to her.

“I have had gifts given back to me before when they’ve been unsuitable – I’d rather not have known to be honest,” she says.

“Not only did it make me think the person in question was ungrateful, it made me put less thought into their gifts thereafter – sticking to cheap and cheerful generic gift sets for them. They should have re-gifted.”

The most unusual – and possibly fun – way to pass on your unwanted gifts is to play a game, like Michelle McNulty who writes the blog Seeing Rainbows.

“We play a game on Boxing Day at a family party,” she says. “We all bring an unwanted gift and all pay $1.

“We then use cards to try and match the gifts at random then we are allowed to force a swap. It’s hilarious and actually you can end up with some cool stuff- or the cash.”

The rules of regifting, according to etiquette and protocol expert William Hanson

  • Consider the quality of the gift you’re regifting. I always say if you’re giving it away, it is probably because you didn’t like it in the first place.
  • Regifting is ok if it’s something you already own. The only time I have regifted is if I have been given a duplicate, or if it’s something you have a lot of, like scented candles or boxes of chocolates.”
  • You need to make sure there are at least four or five degrees of separation between the person who gave it to you and the person you are giving it to.
  • If it’s handmade or homemade then never regift it – it’s either put up with it or put it in the bin.
  • If you have friends who are consistently giving you unsuitable gifts, you might need to find better friends.

William Hanson offers courses in good manners, civility and etiquette.

 

#LeNoraMillen    12-25-17

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Today’s the day, that’s right 4/20…Can we be real for a second and talk about the elephant in the room for a few minutes? I’m talking about that green sticky stuff with the funny smell when lit. Some people call it Pot, Grass, Herb, Mary Jane and remember back in the day some people even called it Reefer? For the purpose of this article, I will refer to Marijuana as “weed”. I wanted to talk about the possible effects that weed can have on your voice. Before we get into this very interesting and controversial topic let me be clear, I’m not here to judge or point figures, nor pick sides to each is own. I’m here to point out some facts and perhaps give you something to chew on, pun intended LOL!

Taken in a public store in a state where “Weed” is illegal…

Many of you know that April 20th often just referred to 4/20, international “Pot” holiday, originated by five high school students from California in 1971. The story itself is pretty fascinating but whats even more fascinating, to me is how it quickly became an international holiday all over the world. If this subject tickles your fancy, you’ll have to do a little research to learn more.

As I look through different articles looking for the long and short-term effects weed (the most used illegal drug in the world ), I was surprised at the small amount of information I found about the cause and effects with emphasis on the voice. I found this interesting because many of you already know artists and musicians are often perceived as heavy drug users of many different kinds, not always weed. While we often hear about and are driven to focus on harder drugs, weed it’s often accused to be the gateway drug. We all know or have read about singers, rappers, actors, pastors, even former President Bill Clinton was accused of using the drug many refer too as “weed” but don’t fret, he didn’t inhale…

Okay, here goes the tea… Regardless of how you smoke weed, (or any other substance) rather it’s in a vaporizer, pipe, blunt or old fashioned joint, any inhaled agent has the ability to over time damage the overall quality of your voice. Just as caffeine, heating/cooling systems and allergy medication, and even sleeping with your mouth open at night dry your voice and sinus completely. Dryness in your throat causes a plethora of problems you might not even be aware of some of which include difficulty swallowing, coughing, heartburn and body aches, just to name a few. Some studies show that a vaporizer is safer because the substance isn’t burned and fewer toxins are actually produced. However, other studies shown say that any smoke at all inhaled has potential to damage your voice.

Marijuana is now legal in nine states for recreational use and other 15 states for medical purposes, weed has quickly become in higher demand among the states that haven’t been considered for legalization, as of yet… You can cut the tension with a knife among both citizens and legislators when this touchy subject resurfaces. 

Fully stocked up help citizens celebrate 4/20 in a state where weed isn’t legal

We live in a stressful world that seems to be constantly on the move, with pressures of becoming bigger and better by the microsecond. People who suffer from stress, anxiety, depression, ADHD and health problems, particularly pain and much more is at an all-time high in our nation as a whole. From the stress of raising a family to the stress of being an entrepreneur creating your dream job, weed has become a multi-billion dollar industry. Millions of people all over the world swear by the substance called “Marijuana”. In a small serve, I conducted today, some claim they couldn’t, and some even stated they wouldn’t live without. Weed helps “take the edge off and calms me down at the end a stressful day,” several people said from my serve, verbatim.14-20 people I asked, (would like to remain anonymous) admitted to consuming daily.

I served:

6 Singers   (2 college students)

4 Males     (over age 60)

3 Mothers (between 25-44)

7 Professional “White Collar” (Unisex ages 23-52)

All of which had valid reasons why consume daily, all of which were compelling. The other six had various reasons for daily use from chronic pain to high anxiety. At the end of the day, we all must do what we think is best for our overall mental health and well-being. Being a person who was without a voice for almost three years, I tend to examine things a little differently than I once did, especially when it comes to my voice. 

 

 #thatsall ♥

 

-Deonna Cattledge 

Deonna Marie | The Gift of Voice, Professional Classical Singer, Vocal Coach, and Speaker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Former first lady Barbara Bush dies at age 92

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Former first lady Barbara Bush died Tuesday at her home in Houston, Texas. She was 92.

“A former first lady of the United States of America and relentless proponent of family literacy, Barbara Pierce Bush passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at the age of 92,” reads a statement from the office of former President George H.W. Bush.

FILE – In this Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 file photo, former President George H. W. Bush, right, and his wife, Barbara, are greeted before a Republican presidential primary debate at The University of Houston in Houston. On Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, the former president was admitted to an intensive care unit, and Barbara was hospitalized as a precaution, according to his spokesman. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Bush passed away shortly after deciding to forgo further medical treatments for her failing health.

Having been hospitalized numerous times while battling congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, she decided Sunday that she wanted to be “surrounded by a family she adores,” according to an earlier statement released by Mr. Bush’s office. (More)

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The ‘Beyhive’ is Swarming-The Politics Behind Beyonce’s 2018 Coachella Performance

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The 'Beyhive' is Swarming-The Politics Behind Beyonce’s 2018 Coachella Performance

Cedric Nettles Exposure Magazine/Entertainment Editor

The ‘Beyhive’ is swarming once again as Beyonce’ makes sure that the notion of  ‘blackness’ is not hidden from society and the history books. Her dazzling performance paid tribute to historically black colleges and universities in only the way she can.  From controversial Super Bowl performances that challenged mainstream America til it was red,white, and blue in the face, to this year’s Coachella performance, Beyoncé goes in.

 

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Black schools matter. That’s what Beyoncé said, in so many words, throughout her Saturday night Coachella performance. It was no ordinary show when she stepped on stage wearing a dazzling band leader number before what has been one of her best performances ever.

Her show was replete with a long list of references to America’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). The high-energy majorettes, marching band, step show and probate that were part of her show are all prominent on HBCU campuses across the U.S. It was “one band, one sound” as 100 black band members danced while playing instruments typical to those at your average HBCU homecoming.

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