At this time of year everyone is so busy. Shopping for gifts, wrapping, cleaning up the house for when guests come over. Why not kill 2 birds with 1 stone with re-gifting this year. I know, this can be a taboo topic however re-gifting electronics that you do not use can help reduce the amount of gifts you have to buy and help you get rid of the clutter in your house. It is a win/win! Sorry, you still have to wrap them, I can’t get out of that part!
In cleaning up my office I found all the components for my “point and shoot” camera something I have not used in years since I got my cell phone that has a great camera built in. Heck, I even found the box for it stuffed away in a cupboard! Now it is all packaged up to give to my Aunt who does not have a digital camera. I also found not one but 2 iPods underneath some craft supplies… not getting much use there! I know some boys who would love to have their very own iPod.
Still not sure about re-gifting? Here are 4 Rules for re-gifting used gifts:
- Let the gift sparkle an shine – give all the items a good wipe down to remove any dust, dirt or finger prints. Make sure they are clean and as like new as possible. Make sure you have all of the parts as well. A digital camera is no good if you can’t connect it to your computer to get the photos. A tablet is useless if you can’t charge it when the battery gets low.
- Delete the data – If you are re-gifting electronics make sure that all of your personal information like pictures etc has been removed. Give tablets or mp3 players a factory reset to erase all the information and get the operating system back to its native state.
- Make sure the gift makes sense – The re-gift has to be the right fit for the recipient. Don’t re-gift just for the sake of having something to give the person, make sure the re-gift is something that the recipient wants and would be useful.
- Don’t try to pass the used gift off as new – Don’t try to hide that it is a re-gift, be upfront about it. Worried about that the person will think about receiving a re-gift? Think of it this way, I would much rather get 1 re-gift that is actually useful to me then 10 brand new items that I will never touch.
Just look at how happy Timmy is with his new tablet:
Re-gifting not only gives your electronics a second chance to be used, it is also good for the environment by diverting waste from the landfill. Have electronics that are broken or too old for re-gifting don’t forget to recycle them so that the components can be used again to make new electronics. My Palm Pilot from… 10 years ago…. is ready to head to be recycled, cause no one uses these things any more! Oh the things you find in the back of closets.
Will you be re-gifting any electronics this Christmas?