The Perfect Gift

Ho Ho Ho!

Wow.  I can’t believe Christmas is almost here.  It’s coming at us as fast as a herd of seniors at a “early bird” buffet.

When I was young it seemed like an eternity for Christmas to roll around.  Now it feels like I just get the decorations and lights put away and its time to pull them back out again.  Time has an interesting way of messing with our heads.

So with the whirling time warp and all the activities, I have the all important question, how is your Christmas shopping going?

Now I know that there are a number of you who have completed your shopping and you are in the envied position of just flowing with and enjoying the holidays.  But there are others, like myself, who have a ways to go.

Side Note: Having a ways to go is a bit of an understatement.  I haven’t even started.

Now generally it doesn’t bother me to wait to the last minute because when all is said and done I get my wife really nice gifts.   But what makes it a bit different this year is that I have my wife read my blogs before I post them and now she’ll know that I haven’t started yet.

Oh well, such are the hidden perils of blog writing.

With a little over a week before Christmas, this is where the serious shopping takes place.  If you have shopping habits such as me, you will bite the bullet and take off a couple of afternoons, run the gauntlet of traffic and shoppers and return home with the spoils of the hunt.

Even though my shopping tends to be last minute I actually put some thought into the gifts I give my wife.  The timing of the purchase isn’t as important a factor as is the thought and consideration of what she would like or need.

Now if I am shopping for someone other than my wife I don’t tend to put as much thought into the gift selection.  Ok, time for true confession.  In fact I have been known to … regift.  Yep, you read correctly… regift.

Now before you get all judgmental on me, be honest, have you ever regifted?  Regifting has become quite popular.  I found out some very interesting things about regifting.

REGIFTING FACTS

There is actually a National Regifting Day.  It always falls on the Thursday a week before Christmas.  This year it is December 16th.

Also there is a regift web site for people to learn about regifting and share their regift stories… seriously… I’m not making this up.  The web site is www.regiftable.com

There was actually a regift survey conducted in 2007.  Here are some interesting facts.

Who Receives Regifts

  • About 4 in 10 regifters (41%) named coworkers as the recipients of their regifts
  • Family members and friends were also named by 41%
  • Teachers – 18%
  • Significant other – 12%

Regifting is becoming more accepted

  • More than half (60%) of Americans think regifting is becoming more accepted.
  • One in four (25%) people think regifting is becoming more acceptable because it is a way to save money on holiday expenses.
  • Another 14% believe that regifting is more acceptable because it is a method of recycling.

Most regift recipients are not offended

  • More than 4 in 10 (42%) regift recipients said that they don’t really care that they were given a regift.
  • Another 18% of regift recipients said they felt happy or amused to receive a regift.
  • Less than 10% of regift recipients said they felt cheated or angry to receive a regift.

Now if I regift I make sure it’s not used… that’s a bit tacky don’t you think?  Also I try and make sure I don’t give the gift back to the person or their immediate family member.

So, happy hunting on your shopping escapades and remember, if you regift don’t be offended if you get regifted.

See you Thursday.

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