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Thinking of regifting Christmas presents? Here's how not to do it 'Seinfeld' style.


Updated December 26, 2018 11:56 AM EST

Editor's note: This story was first published Dec. 20. We're bringing it back today to offer some regifting tips, in case you're thinking about passing along some of the presents you've received this holiday season.

(If you think about it, we're kind of regifting this story to you!)

WASHINGTON (CIRCA) — "He recycled this gift! He's a regifter!"

If you've ever discovered that someone has passed on a present you gave them to another person, you can commiserate with Elaine Benes (Julia Louis-Dreyfus). In the season six, episode 12 of "Seinfeld" aptly titled "The Label Maker," she's ticked to learn that Jerry Seinfeld's new label maker is the same one she'd just given to Tim Whatley (Bryan Cranston) for Christmas.

When Elaine later confronts Tim about it, she accuses: "I knew it! You're a regifter!"

YouTube: The Origins of the term "ReGifting"

Nearly 24 years after that episode aired on Jan. 19, 1995, "regifting" isn't just a pop-culture reference; it's a word embedded in the American vernacular and a practice so common there's a National Regifting Day.

While you might assume the quirky holiday is Dec. 26, the day after Santa Claus has delivered gifts you don't really want, it's actually the Thursday before Christmas, according to National Day Calendar, which falls on Dec. 20 this year. NDC reports that in 2008, then-Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter Jr. made the holiday official.

Even though it hurts to find out someone has regifted a present you've given them — especially if you put lots of time, thought and/or money into it — you may one day find yourself in a situation when you're the one looking to offload an unwanted gift.

Money Management International has compiled a Regifting 101 list of seven questions to consider when regifting:

Regifting 101


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