(WSPA) – The Thursday before Christmas is celebrated in the United States as National Re-gifting day.

According to nationaldaycalendar.com, about 14% of people surveyed believe re-gifting is becoming more popular because it’s a method of recycling.

Here are some suggestions of how to observe the holiday:

  • Re-gift only if someone will enjoy the gift. Don’t offload your junk on someone else!
  • The gift is brand new and in its original packaging.
  • Don’t hurt anyone’s feelings. If the gift had special meaning to the original giver, don’t re-gift.
  • Don’t re-gift if the item is handmade or personalized. If Uncle Joe spent his spare hours whittling that panic whistle, you should keep it.
  • Be careful not to re-gift something to the original giver. If you aren’t sure who gave it to you, don’t re-gift.
  • On that same note, to avoid embarrassment, re-gift only when you are sure the new recipient won’t tell the original giver what they received from you. (Is it starting to feel deceitful yet?)
  • Re-wrap all gifts and remove any tags that may suggest you didn’t do the shopping for the re-gifted item.
  • Be prepared to answer questions about the gift.  Questions such as “Where did you find this?  I’ve been looking everywhere for one!” may give up the secret if you aren’t able to give a convincing answer. (It should really start feeling deceitful, now.

 National Re-gifting Day was made official in 2008 by Colorado governor, Bill Ritter, Jr.

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