Back in April, I wrote a blog post about buying and receiving thrifted gifts. I said some good things there, so you should read that again. I’ll wait for you to come back. (Imagine me, whistling a jaunty Christmas tune, while you read the previous blog and then come back here.)
Not a bad post, right? I always find it amazing that people don’t automatically agree that thrifted gifts are a good thing. The initial reaction that people have about buying gifts at a thrift shop is that by doing so you’re a Scrooge, that your gift communicates that you don’t really care. As if the price of the gift is directly proportional to your level of caring.
I couldn’t disagree with this more. If we truly believe that it’s the thought that counts, why does it matter if we purchase an item at a thrift shop or at a retail store? In fact, since your thrift shop purchase also supports charity, your gift actually communicates a deeper thoughtfulness than one simply purchased at a retail outlet. What truly matters is whether or not the person receiving the gift will value and appreciate it; it should communicate your love and care for that person.
Then there’s the thorny issue of re-gifting. It doesn’t happen to me very often, but every once in a while I’ll receive a gift that I really won’t use – even if it’s something super nice, like this Body Shop gift pack that someone gave me earlier this year. I love Body Shop stuff and use it all the time – but really, I wouldn’t use all the items in this gift box so it makes more sense to give it to someone who would. So if I give this lovely gift pack to someone who loves Body Shop stuff – does it mean I love that person less because I didn’t pay for it? And does it mean that I don’t appreciate the fact that someone gifted it to me in the first place? Not at all! The fact that someone took the time to choose a gift for me is what really matters to me; I appreciate that thoughtfulness above the actual gift itself.
Thrifted gifts and re-gifting are truly thoughtful ways to express your love and appreciation for people in your life. They are economical, they respect the environment and they reduce the amount of stuff being produced. No matter what the source of your gift, all your giving should be a thoughtful reflection of your love and affection for the person to whom you are giving the gift. Because after all, it’s the thought that counts.
What are you thoughts on thrifted gifts or re-gifting?
check out this photo album of Thrift Gift Ideas