I’ve written a number of times about gift giving etiquette and I’m always intrigued by what other people think of certain gift giving scenarios. So here’s one for you… Can you regift a gift card and if you can should you?
Regifting Gift Cards
I recently received a used gift card. Well I can’t guarantee that it’s used, but it certainly looks like it might be. The front and back are worn and faded and the gift card numbers are barely visible, there are also quite a few minor scratches on the card. The card was presented in a new envelope addressed to me, but the condition of the card definitely indicates that it may have been re-gifted.
Who knows how this card ended up in the hands of my gift giver. Perhaps the giver purchased the card at a discount from eBay or another auction website. Maybe that person wanted to provide a $100 gift, but could only afford $75 and decided to buy the card at auction in order to get more bang for his buck.
Maybe the giver received the card, but decided he’d never shop at that store. Perhaps the store isn’t conveniently located or the products sold there simply don’t interest him. Perhaps the gift giver is low on funds and didn’t have the means to shell out cash for a gift.
Does the reason behind the regift really matter? Does the circumstance behind the gift make the act of regifting gift cards right or wrong? Is it in poor taste to present a used gift card no matter what the circumstance might be? Do you think the presenter should have mentioned that the gift card was purchased second hand or that he or she received it for a place they’d never shop?
Is It Tacky To Regift Gift Cards?
Whatever the reason I must admit that I don’t care. While I know a lot of people would be offended, I’m simply happy that someone thought well enough of me to present me with a gift.
In fact, I’d be thrilled to find out that the gift giver wisely purchased the gift card at a discount. In that case I’d be happier with a used gift card than a shiny new one purchased directly from the store.
I love it when other people are frugal with their money and I’d love to know that a friend got the most bang for his or her buck.
Can You Regift a Gift Card: How to Regift Gift Cards
Is there a proper way to regift gift cards? I’m not sure, but I do have a few tricks that might help.
First, if you receive a gift card to a place you don’t shop immediately place it in an envelope and stuff it away in a special drawer or the safe in your home. Don’t place it in your wallet where it can get scratched. The key is to keep it looking like new for as long as possible. If it doesn’t look old and used then your gift recipient won’t know it’s a hand-me-down.
Second, some stores will allow you to exchange an old gift card for a new one. Before passing on a scratched up card to your recipient contact the business and ask if they can issue a new card for you. If they can then your problem is solved. You’ll receive a pristine card with a new issue date.
Third, consider selling the card and using the cash from your sale to purchase a new one. You won’t receive 100% of the value from your card, but you will have more money to put towards your friend’s gift.
Fourth, hand over the used card with an explanation or simply gift the card because a true friend won’t consider it tacky anyway.
Your Thoughts on Regifting Gift Cards
So what do you think? Is it wrong to present a used gift card as a gift if you don’t let the receiver know that it’s being passed to them second hand?