Digital re-gifting: The Internet wants your ugly sweater

RegiftingHopefully you got everything you wanted this year… but the odds are, you didn’t. That means it’s time to break out the gift receipts, leave on those tags, and get ready to regift. Know someone with a birthday coming up? Need to find a belated Christmas present? Well fret not, because in that pile of castaways, you’ve got your very own gift inventory. In the spirit of the post-present let down, let us help you abide the rules of the regift so as to not hurt anyone’s feeling and find a purpose for that special something you never wanted. 

Rules for regifting

First off, there are a few general rules of thumb to follow:

  1. The gift shouldn’t be used, and it should be brand new and in its original packaging. 
  2. Make sure the gift doesn’t have any monograms, personal signatures, or anything of the sort that could be attributed back to you. The only exception, obviously, is if you share initials with the intended recipient. 
  3. Rewrap the gift in a fresh wrapping paper.
  4. And finally, don’t get caught. As obvious as this may seem, take all possible lengths to avoid the recipient knowing they’re being given something you didn’t want. Try to avoid giving a gift to a recipient who is close to the original gift-giver.

You really shouldn’t regift perishable goods, although gifts like wine (and maybe chocolates) are an exception here. But how do you tailor these gifts remotely to the recipient’s liking? There are a few strategies, and thankfully with social networks and other Internet tools, you won’t have to be a detective to figure it out what to give whom.

Tailor regifts by interest

fb friends interestSocial media is your greatest ally here. Whether it’s a close friend you’re connect to on Facebook, an acquaintance with a Twitter profile, or a co-worker you know uses LinkedIn, you can browse through the posts that they’ve published to get an idea about their likes (and maybe dislikes). Facebook of course makes this easy if the recipient is publicly sharing their Likes and Interests, but don’t discount the information you can glean from these other social profiles either. 

But if you really want to get technical, we’d recommend using Giftivo. It’s not intended for regifting, but it’s a powerful tool that pulls your Facebook contact’s interests and uses these criteria to suggest the Amazon gifts that they may like. You can use this information to cross reference the gifts you have lying around your discard pile to get an idea about what would suit them.

If you’re lucky, the person you’re finding a gift for might have an Amazon Wish List of items that they want. You’d be even luckier if the gift you want to regift is on the list. To find someone’s Amazon Wish List, you can go here and type in their name or email address. Also, be sure that whomever gave you the item you intend to regift isn’t a mutual friend. That is bound to come back to bite you. 

Find a new home for that almost-used gift card

gyft regiftSay you have a gift card that you’ve already a few or more dollars of, but there are still enough credits left to make it worthwhile as a regifted present. It’s probably not in your best interest to be giving the physical card away, considering that the value is either printed or written on the card. Gyft can transform that card into a digital gift card to be regifted digitally as long as the recipient has an email address, phone number, or is on Facebook. A personal message can be added to the digital card, before being sent to the recipient.

Can’t bring yourself to regift?

There might be some of you that aren’t exactly comfortable with the thought of regifting, or might not have a regiftable gift on hand. There are some alternatives ways you can regift an item that’s become more of a chore than a present. For instance, you might get lucky auctioning it off on eBay, or if it’s upscale clothing you need to find a new home for, you could try Tradesy. But should you use these types of sites, you’re technically breaking regifting etiquette. We’ll let it slide this time.

Donate

Finally, if you have a gift that might not suit anyone on your list and you just don’t want to keep around, we’d recommend you donate it. The Better Business Bureau provides the resources to find accredited charity organizations that you can safely donate to.

And if you’re still having trouble deciding whether to keep, regift, donate, or throw out that unwanted gift, check out this infographic from Pronto. 

 

Smart Home

Military-grade baby monitor called Miku was a hit with parents at CES 2019

Who knew the world needed a smarter baby monitor? Apparently it's the startup Miku, which brought a new high-tech baby monitor to CES 2019 that uses A.I., machine learning, and high quality cameras to keep an eye on kids.
Deals

Tidying up with Netflix’s Marie Kondo? Save on ClosetMaid essentials at Wayfair

Netflix recently premiered Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, a show about decluttering and organizing. If you want to try to live by her philosophy in 2019, Wayfair is offering up to 70 percent off on ClosetMaid's organization essentials.
Web

Switch up your Reddit routine with these interesting, inspiring, and zany subs

So you've just joined the wonderful world of Reddit and want to explore it. With so many subreddits, however, navigating the "front page of the internet" can be daunting. Here are some of the best subreddits to get you started.
Gaming

You're never too broke to enjoy the best free-to-play games

Believe it or not, free-to-play games have evolved into engaging, enjoyable experiences. Here are a few of our favorites that you can play right now, including Warframe and the perennially-popular League of Legends.
Home Theater

What is Netflix Roulette, and how exactly does it work?

For years, educated viewers have been using Netflix Roulette to broaden their horizons. The web app can help you find movies and shows you'd never think to watch! What exactly is it, though, and how do you use it? We explain it all.
Smart Home

PicoBrew launches professional-grade brewing appliances, new distiller at CES

PicoBrew has been a leader in the home brewing industry for years, but at CES 2019 the company went pro with the Z Series, a new line of professional-grade brewing appliances aimed at craft breweries and restaurants.
Smart Home

IKEA’s new blinds for the smart home arrive April 1 in the U.S.

The Swedish furniture giant IKEA is adding a new product called FYRTUR, which turns out to be a new set of blackout blinds for the smart home that can be controlled by remote or programmed through the company's app.
Smart Home

Haier’s shoe washer cleans sneakers without all the clanging and banging

At CES 2019, Haier brought a bunch of shoe-centric appliances, including its sneaker washer. The appliance douses shoes with water and detergent and scrubs them, and then you can put them in the accompanying dryer.
Smart Home

Put away that sponge and let us help you pick the best dishwasher for your buck

Tired of doing dishes by hand? Take a look at our picks of the four best dishwashers currently available and let a machine do the dirty work for you. They’ll do a much better job, anyway.
Smart Home

A.I.’s humorous side: Here are the funniest things to ask Alexa

Amazon's Alexa voice assistant has a wide repertoire of funny responses, jokes, and hidden replies that you can have fun with. Here are the best funny things to ask Alexa and examples of what her responses are.
Smart Home

The best washing machines make laundry day a little less of a chore

It takes a special kind of person to love doing laundry, but the right machine can help make this chore a little easier. Check out our picks for the best washing machines on the market right now.
Smart Home

The best multicookers of 2019 for everything from sauteing to slow cooking

Find the best multicookers for your cooking ambitions. Whether you are just getting started in the kitchen or you've been cooking for years and want a device to make it easier, these are the best smart pots for you to choose from.
Product Review

Gate’s Smart Lock is locked and loaded but ultimately lacks important basics

In a world of video cameras and doorbells comes the Gate Smart Lock, a lock with a video camera embedded. It’s a great idea, but lacks some crucial functionality to make it a top-notch product.
Smart Home

This Silicon Valley studio rents for $1,500 per month — to 2 cats

A man in San Jose, California, rents a studio apartment for $1,500 per month for a very important reason: So his daughter's two cats have a place to call their own. It may be the swankiest cat pad on the West Coast.