Financially savvy, or just plain tacky?
That's the debate under way at www.regiftable.com, a new Web site created by Money Management International, a nonprofit organization based in Houston that does consumer education and financial counseling.
MMI created the site because "whether or not you're a fan or a foe, regifting has become a phenomenon," said MMI spokeswoman Kim McGrigg. And it does constitute a spending alternative as the holiday season approaches.
McGrigg noted that a survey done by MMC last year found that some 40 percent of respondents admitted that they had re-gifted. The main reasons were to save money, to save time or because they felt the recipient would like the item.
Some people writing the Web site share those attitudes. Others do not.
One woman wrote, for example, that her sister "thinks by putting a big bow on her re-gifts, no one will know they have been re-gifted." It seems the tactic didn't work last year because the woman last Christmas got back the gift she had given her sister a year earlier.
"I am thinking of wrapping it up again and giving it back to her this Christmas," the woman wrote.
McGrigg - who admits to being a regifter herself - said it needs to be done tactfully. Her tips for doing it right:
MMI had planned to maintain the site just during the holiday season, but will keep it in place longer, McGrigg said.
"We've noticed re-gifting is also done for weddings," she said. "So there might be some reason for this to extend beyond the holidays."