Item 1: At a recent cocktail party, Ken & I won a very nice snowman dispenser for a spot dance. I have no use for soap dispensers. Tonight I regifted it at a ladies dinner that I attended where in turn I received some lovely Christmas tea towels & a table runner. I love my gift. I've always had an affinity for fancy tea towels altho with a dishwasher I don't have much use for them any more.
Item 2: On another group that I belong to, a recent thread ran to the topic of awful gifts with one person complaining that she gives nice things but during an exchange, she received a gift from a member's son that the child had made with his grandmother. She ended her post by expressing her shock and the statement: "lets all try to do better for the holidays."
I know that regifting has become so normal these days that even Emily Post has regifting etiquette rules. Most of us practice it while pretending we don't. You might think it tacky but secretly you feel it's a great way to get rid of that hideous scarf your Aunt Bea gave you.
I've read that more than 75% of N Americans regift. So as long as we regift outside the circle of people we received it from and the gift is new, unused and without its original gift tag: in this age of recycling, is it really such a bad thing?