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National Re-Gifting Day – December 15, 2022

National Re-Gifting Day is celebrated on the third Thursday of December of every year. This year, it takes place on December 15. It aims to encourage the practice of re-gifting across the United States. Re-gifting refers to the act of taking a gift and giving it to someone else, often under the guise of a new gift. National Re-Gifting Day originally started off as an office holiday during the holiday season wherein co-workers would often re-gift gifts that they received and don’t really want. Re-gifting, barring a few conditions, can be a very efficient way of repurposing unused items.

History of National Re-Gifting Day

The term ‘re-gifting’ was first popularized in a 1995 episode of the sitcom “Seinfeld” called ‘The Label Maker,’ where a label maker is re-gifted from one character to another. The actual practice, of course, pre-dates the show by many years. The British term for a gift that is passed around a group is ‘matham.’ National Re-Gifting Day originally started off as an office holiday during the holiday season where co-workers would often re-gift gifts that they received and didn’t really want. A fascinating part of the culture of workplace re-gifting is the practice of White Elephant gift exchanges, in which gifts are exchanged between co-workers by ‘stealing’ gifts you want for yourself from other people. On October 24, 2008, the state of Colorado announced December 18 to be National Re-Gifting Day.

Think about the coffee mug you don’t have any use for or the label maker you don’t want anything to do with. Save for a few occasions, re-gifting can be a sustainable way of making use of an item that you initially thought you would discard or leave to collect dust on a shelf. However, it is important to keep in mind a few rules when deciding on whether to re-gift an item or not. Make sure that the gift you’re passing along has never been used, is devoid of any sentimental value, is not personalized, and is actually a good fit for the recipient.

National Re-Gifting Day timeline

1828
White Elephant

White Elephant gift exchanges, where the concept of ‘stealing’ or swapping fun or humorous gifts, enter the Western lexicon.

1995
‘The Label Maker’

The “Seinfeld” episode, ‘The Label Maker,’ grants the act of re-gifting legitimacy and even fosters broad cultural currency.

October 24, 2008
A National Holiday

The state of Colorado declares National Re-Gifting Day a national holiday.

December 18, 2008
National Re-Gifting Day

The first National Re-Gifting Day is celebrated.

National Re-Gifting Day FAQs

Is it wrong to re-gift a gift?

No, it’s not — as long as you do so ethically and thoughtfully.

What is the most re-gifted gift?

Socks, alcohol, and scented candles are known to be the most widely accepted items to be re-gifted to other people.

Why is it rude to decline gifts?

Barring a few situations in certain contexts, it usually is rude to decline gifts because it would be like rejecting a person’s good intentions.

National Re-Gifting Day Activities

  1. Go through the knick-knacks you’ve received

    To understand if you can actually re-gift anything this season, sort through the gifts you’ve received. See if there’s anything appropriate to re-gift.

  2. Organize a White Elephant gift exchange

    Gather a group of co-workers. Organize a White Elephant gift exchange with them.

  3. Talk about it on social media

    Re-gifting can often evoke a sense of shame in people. Talk about it on social media to promote the good habits of gift-giving that people may not be aware of!

5 Facts About Gift-Giving Culture In The United States

  1. The number of recipients

    The average shopper buys presents for approximately eight recipients each year.

  2. Pets over friends

    People are more likely to buy gifts for pets rather than for friends.

  3. A generational divide

    Baby boomers tend to give gifts to the least number of recipients in comparison to the other ‘adult’ generations, such as the Silent Generation and Generation X.

  4. Average budget

    The average holiday shopping budget is $708.03.

  5. Gift wrapping

    About 80% of consumers report wrapping their own presents.

Why We Love National Re-Gifting Day

  1. It promotes discussion around a taboo topic

    National Re-Gifting Day is a good way to raise awareness about a taboo topic. It serves as a reminder that re-gifting is an acceptable thing to do.

  2. It pushes a more economical alternative

    Gift shopping can be hard on us during difficult times. Recycling gifts would be a more economical alternative to excessive spending.

  3. It encourages an environmentally friendly practice

    National Re-Gifting Day encourages re-gifting as a far more environmentally sound practice. It does so because it reduces production and waste.

National Re-Gifting Day dates

YearDateDay
2022December 15Thursday
2023December 21Thursday
2024December 19Thursday
2025December 18Thursday
2026December 17Thursday

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