To everyone who thinks regifting is a crafty way to recycle an unwanted item, we beg you to please reconsider. Burdening someone with an unwanted item is tacky; your newly married friend doesn't want a birdhouse shaped like a flip-flop any more than you do.
If the bride and groom try to return a recycled gift, the situation can take an uncomfortable turn when they discover that the item hasn't been in stock in for five years. Another common mistake is passing along a present to the bride and groom in its original packaging -- and with the original card at the bottom of the box. Imagine the bride's surprise when she finds a card congratulating the gift-giver and her husband on their nuptials instead of her own!
Regifting can make a person feel like an afterthought. Small personal details can slip by unnoticed, like an inscription inside a cookbook or engraved initials on the back of a crystal picture frame. Gift cards should never be regifted; after years of being inactive, some cards will depreciate in value. Save the bride and groom the embarrassment of reaching the checkout counter with a $25 gift card only to be told it's worth $10 instead. Perhaps the worst regifting faux pas is to recycle a gift that's inappropriate for the occasion. Trust us when we say that no one wants a checkerboard game with shot glass pieces as a wedding gift.
Of course, family heirlooms are an exception to this rule. A regifted piece of jewelry worn by the bride's great-grandmother on her wedding day is meaningful and will be well-received by the bride. It's common in many families to give family keepsakes like gowns, handkerchiefs and rings to future generations of women. Any family heirloom passed down to the bride that links her to her ancestors is a special wedding gift she's sure to treasure for many years to come.