The History of Re-gifting Day
Re-gifting day was mostly seen as an office holiday before October 24th 2008, which was the day that the state of Colorado declared December 18th as “National Re-gifting Day”. The origin of the holiday came from office workers who were given gifts that they didn’t really want, but didn’t want to throw away, so they re-gifted their present to someone who would want it and make good use of it.
Re-gifting, for us that don’t know its meaning is the act of taking a gift that has been received and giving it to somebody else, sometimes in the guise of a new gift. The term “Re-gifting” was popularized by an episode of Seinfeld, specifically the episode titled “The Label Maker” even though the practice of it pre-dates the term quite substantially. Re-gifting can sometimes be seen as a cruel practice. Why? Because re-gifting a gift that was given to you can be seen as a blatant disregard from the compassion that someone has shown you by either purchasing or creating the gift for you in particular.
How To Celebrate Re-gifting Day
To celebrate this day, all you have to do is give away a gift that you received and have not yet opened to someone else! For example, gifts that you may not want might be as follows: A coffee cup from an unsavory office co-worker, a television you already own, a bookshelf you do not have room for, or even a car that you cannot afford to keep.
Re-gifting Day is all about giving others gifts that you don’t have any use for, and making sure that almost anyone can have a good holiday spirit for the day. Many people in the world do not have the luxuries that some of us do, say you receive a puffer coat but you already have one in your size, you can go find a homeless person or a person who cannot afford a puffer coat or winter jacket and re-gift it to them!