Mrs W, you left out rule 7: 'Make sure that you have removed the original gift tag". I have actually witnessed this faux pas! (and no, it wasn't me).
Like quite a few other Hoopla families we are trying to cut down on gift-giving. Our extended family now does a 'Kris Kringle', with a preference for charity gifts, homemade or experiences as gifts. It takes a lot of the financial grief out of Christmas and hopefully makes it a bit more meaningful. - catecat
TTT there seems to be two Rhodas on this thread. Mine was the first comment. - RhodaD
I have never re-gifted, but I have donated unwanted/used gifts to charity. I spend a lot of time decluttering, sorting and organising, too. I don't want more stuff (nor do I want to store unwanted/needed items). I buy presents for immediate family and children, but I don't expect anything in return. We don't have a well-defined 'policy' on that and everyone has different incomes/circumstances. I think re-gifting is fine, if it's new and unused and you don't give it to the person who gave it to you. After all, there may come a time in your life where you are obliged to give a gift and it's one of the few ways you can. - Rachel
Storyteller5 - You are so right about Aust's fortune to have ad-free /non-commercialized media.
The stupid thing is - for Rupert & mainstream media - if the ABC was changed - people would just use the internet more. They will not go to the commercial products. If people wanted what they offered - they would be using them now.
As a journalist said the other day - at the Fairfax staff/management briefings they have never blamed the ABC for their diminishing business - in this changing technology world. - janes
I assisted in the campaign for Cathy McGowan. Her maiden speech got very good local coverage but as always regional cities and matters get shafted. Even Paula's otherwise excellent article, the town halls aren't rickety and the number was 700, not 600. All in all the electorate of Indi is bloody beautiful especially without Mirabella being in our faces. - VJO
I have spent endless hours in the last two years de-cluttering and donating clothes etc to the op shop.I have told my family not to give me "stuff". I would rather have an experience. Take me out for dinner or the movies or a concert, cook me dinner, take me on a picnic etc. - Meg
Thanks for this Mrs Woog. I agree re-gifting is disgraceful. Donating to charity is not re-gifting. Re-wrapping a gift you have received, making a new card that the whole family signs and passing it on to someone else is rude - disrespectful of the person giving and the person receiving and converts the expression of generosity and goodwill into a transaction. Therefore I declare re-gifters are sociopaths. - JaneR
You and Julian are right on the money! - Tracey
Easy one Tim - its because the Murdoch media are not interested in facts or human misery. They are only interested in power and the exercising thereof. - Kate Rose
Thank you Ms Plodster. It is refreshing to see the truth in print. - Peabo
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