It’s often thought of as tacky, but is it really?
Re-gifting is the practice of individuals giving unused gifts that they received from others.
Declared a national holiday by money management website Regiftable.com, National Re-gifting day is celebrated each year on the third Thursday in December.
The date was chosen because it’s when companies are most likely to hold their office holiday parties giving individuals the chance to offload unwanted or unused gifts.
Re-gifting as a teaching tool
At first glance you might not believe that regifting offers any benefit…other than perhaps cleaning out your closets, but this common practice gives parents and child care educators the perfect opportunity to teach kids how to share.
Gift giving is a way to show someone that you care. Help children to understand that giving someone a gift is not a way to “show off”, so there’s no need to spend more than your budget allows.
In fact, in classroom situations, teachers set a limit on the amount each student can spend to avoid the chance of any hurt feelings.
To help children connect with the purpose of gift giving, ask each child about the last present they received. Who gave it to them? How did it make them feel?
Discuss what the other person must have been thinking when they gave it to them and ask what they think this person might like to receive from them.