• National Regifting Day

    December 20, 2012

    Happy National Regifting Day!!


    (There’s a national holiday for everything, isn’t there?)

    Did you know 41% of people have regifted an item? [source: couponcabin.com]

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    I’m on the fence about regifting. Of course, it’s a very “green” way to give and if you can regift something to someone who might really like it, I don’t see the harm. But, at the same time, I’d feel weird giving someone a gift I haven’t actually bought for them—almost like I didn’t put in the time and effort. I’ve regifted a number of things to my mom and sister over the years, and I always feel the need to “fess up” and tell them it was a regift. They don’t care at all and they regift things to me too—we pretty much always have a bag of stuff to give each other when we get together—but I guess it’d be different for other people I’m not as close with. I dunno. That’s just me.

    What are your thoughts on regifting?


    Last night’s dinner might look brown and boring, but it was anything but! We had Swiss cheese burgers with sautéed mushrooms and onions and homemade truffle fries on the side and it was awesome. Seriously, holy yum.


    After dinner, I whipped up a batch of my Mom’s Apple Crisp because I had a craving for it and because we had some nasty looking apples in the fridge that needed to be used up. I used brown sugar instead of regular sugar and it still turned out well.


    Health News & Views

    When the holidays roll around, it’s always more difficult for me to stick to my healthy habits. Traveling adds even more of a challenge since my time is often packed full of family visits and get-togethers. Even though I might not be able to exercise as much as I typically do, fitting in even a few workouts is better than none at all. Here are five tips to stay motivated even with a busy holiday schedule!

    5 Ways to Stay Motivated During the Holidays

    UGG Boot Giveaway

    Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway to win a pair of UGG boots! Here’s your winner:


    I would love the Marien in black. They would be great for the MN winter…since the weatherman says there is a blizzard is on its way

    Congrats, Jen! Please email me at tina@carrotsncake.com with your full name, mailing address, shoe size, and choice of boot.

    Question of the Day

    What do you think about regifting? Do you do it? Have you ever been the recipient of an obvious regift?

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    { 55 comments… read them below or add one }

    Erica { EricaDHouse.com } December 20, 2012 at 7:29 am

    I haven’t regifted something but if I received a new gift from someone that they happened to have received and not cared for (but knew I’d love it) then I’d be totally fine with it!


    Sara @ sarasmiles December 20, 2012 at 7:42 am

    I guess I’m kind of 50/50 on regifting. I love giving gifts that are actually meaningful and I had them in mind when buying it. But at the same time, sometimes we don’t always have the time and brain power to do that for everyone. My sister-in-law defintiely regifted a coffee mug with a “calligraphied” S on it (we have the same last name) and my niece said something like “my mom didn’t want that.” I liked it so I didn’t care! She can be a hot mess around the holidays so I wasn’t even surprised


    Faith December 20, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Yay for regifting when it’s an acquaintance (like a nanny or a coworker) – no for a closer relationship like a family member or SO. Most re-giftable gifts were probably picked out by an acquaintace of yours to begin with (if your SO gets you a generic lotion set, there may be issues…)so it’s usually fine in those situations!


    Katie @ Talk Less, Say More December 20, 2012 at 7:55 am

    I’m not opposed to regifting as long as the item is new and something that person would appreciate. My mom got some new clothes for some kids from the giving tree at their church. She asked me if it would be wrong to regift an old, never used stuffed snowman/ornament kind of thing and tie it to the gift (the brand new clothes were wrapped inside). I told her no because she was really just using it as a “tie on” to make the package look extra cute, but mostly it wasn’t a big deal because these kids would probably LOVE it!


    Mallory December 20, 2012 at 7:56 am

    I feel the same way about regifting. I just can’t do it. I feel like a gift is something special and I should put some thought into it!


    Katie @ Peace Love & Oats December 20, 2012 at 7:59 am

    My friend re-gifts stuff to me all the time and I don’t mind at all. Actually, she’s been giving me her old stuff since High School so it’s pretty normal. If it’s an actual gift for something like my birthday she usually also includes something she bought herself for me though.


    Steph December 20, 2012 at 8:04 am

    How do you slice your fries so perfectly?!


    Tina December 20, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Just with a knife. Nothing fancy! 🙂


    Melanie @ Beautifullynutty.com December 20, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Ha ha I think it’s too funny that it there is actually a day devoted to “regifting.” I guess I don’t really do it but I am not completely opposed to it as long as the gift wasn’t received from the person I would be regiving it too! This “national holiday” actually makes me want to regift something today….I’ll have to think about it!


    Nicole December 20, 2012 at 8:17 am

    I’ve got a bag full of baking apples I need to use up…thanks for the apple crisp reminder. Plus, we’re in the midst of a blizzard and I always have to bake during a snow day.


    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles December 20, 2012 at 8:26 am

    As far as I know, I’ve never anything regifted to me (nor have I regifted something) but I think if it was appropriate for the situation, why not? If the person knows I’d enjoy it way more than they would, I’m fine with it.


    Sara @ fitcupcaker December 20, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Ha, that is so funny because on the way to work I was thinking about what I could regift this weekend! Not that I am cheap, but we always do a dirty santa at the family get togethers and I know I have something I can regift for that…. I don’t always do this though 🙂 I made your apple crisp light and it is delicious!


    Wendy December 20, 2012 at 8:37 am

    I gave my sister-in-law some really cute dressy baby socks at her baby shower (from a fairly pricey, trendy brand). A few months later, at my baby’s baptism (my baby is a few months older than hers), my sister-in-law brought a gift that I opened at home. It was the socks. I’ve never seen her baby wear the socks, so I know it must have been a regift, which I generally don’t mind…but to regift to the person who gave you the gift in the first place?!


    Tina December 20, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Oh, that’s bad!


    Danielle@cleanfoodcreativefitness December 20, 2012 at 8:38 am

    That dinner looks amazing! Totally not boring to me. I can’t say I’ve ever regifted an item without telling. My sister, mom and I do the same thing as your family and exchange among the three of us but definitely not regifting.


    Khushboo December 20, 2012 at 8:45 am

    I actually don’t see the harm in regifting so long as it is appropriate ie something the 3rd person would like!


    Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries December 20, 2012 at 8:46 am

    It totally depends on the situation and the gift when it comes to regifting. If it’s a white elephant gift exchange or something like that, I don’t have a problem regifting something since I figure someone would most likely enjoy the gift. I also don’t have a problem with it if, like you said, I knew the person I was giving the gift to will genuinely like the gift. Outside of those two situations, I don’t regift and think it can be kinda tacky.


    Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots December 20, 2012 at 8:47 am

    I haven’t regifted yet but this yr will be my first! I got a tazo tea set in our work xmas exchange and I know my aunt will love it! If you aren’t going to use it, no harm in giving it to someone who will!


    Candice December 20, 2012 at 8:48 am

    I regift all the time, especially decorative holiday items. I really don’t like cluttery decorations. I usually pair a regift with something that I buy for the person. My one friend loves holiday decorations, so it’s perfect for her!


    Michelle @ Eat Move Balance December 20, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Boy–there really is a national day for EVERYTHING. I think that if the gift is better suited for someone else, than regifting is totally okay! It’s better than letting it go to waste because you don’t want it.


    Meghan @ After the Ivy League December 20, 2012 at 9:07 am

    I’ve never regifted anything, and I don’t think anyone’s regifted to me either. If I don’t like a gift I receive, I’ll usually just return it. I like shopping for my family and friends, it’s one of my favorite parts of the holiday season!


    Dee December 20, 2012 at 9:22 am

    I just regifted a gift card to one of my staff (hoping she doesn’t read your blog!!!) because I have been working my buns off and didn’t have time to grab anything. I think gift cards as a regift are cool. Or Yankee swap. But when I’m buying for family I like to get things I know they would love or need.


    Katie December 20, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Hi Tina!

    I am a loyal reader although I don’t comment very often. I LOVE your blog and your love of CrossFit. I have been doing CF for just over six months. I actually would love some advice from you. My package is up at my current box and since the fees are so high – $235 for 6 mo unlimited I am looking into others. I found one that offers the same membership for $180 plus they are connected to another gym. The box is not nearly as nice, but I’m fine with that since a nicer box does not necessarily mean a better workout. What does bug me though is that my current box (the more expensive one) lines everyone up before EVERY WOD and the coach clearly goes over the movement spending a fair amount of time on any olympic lifting that is in that workout. While many of us may know the movements already I feel that this is so important because you can always improve your form and its a good way to prepare for a WOD. The less expensive box didn’t really do this at all. Why question is, does your box do this? Do you think that is really important? There are a few other things the more expensive box does well, for example, dynamic stretching which this one didn’t do at all. I’m so torn because saving $55 a month is a lot!


    Tina December 20, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Hooray! So glad you tried CrossFit! 🙂

    Yep, my box goes over the Olympic lifts and progressions before EVERY WOD that includes them. I think it’s really important, especially since they’re tough lifts and you want to perform them well/safety. I also think dynamic stretching, mobility, and probably all of those other things you are talking about are important to make you a well-rounded CrossFit athlete. Obviously, I haven’t experienced either box, but from what little you’ve told me, it sounds like you have a good thing going at the more expensive box. It seems like they have some great training going on there and it’d be a good, safe place to really challenge yourself. If money is a real concern, the inexpensive box might still be a good option, but it’s hard to say without knowing the coaches or the thinking behind their instruction.


    Sarah @ Blonde Bostonian December 20, 2012 at 9:23 am

    I honestly have no problem re-gifting something as long as it was a small and inexpensive gift. I’ve re-gifted DVD’s before because I already had the DVD. I feel like unless you will be able to use the gift, sometimes it’s just best to pass on the love.


    Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio December 20, 2012 at 9:28 am

    I hate saying it but I don’t think there’s all that much wrong with regifting. There are some things you shouldn’t but if you have two of something or it’s something you wouldn’t use, I think it’s a little more economical to regift.


    Alex @ Healthy Life Happy Wife December 20, 2012 at 9:37 am

    I think re gifting is good for white elephant or Yankee swap games & of course if you know the other person would love it!


    Taylor @ LiftingRevolution December 20, 2012 at 9:38 am

    The only regifting I have done is when I get candles or something and need a hostess gift. I used to keep a stock pile of these little gifts in a closet so if I needed something I would have it ready. Wine is always a good one too to regift (again if you forgot to buy a gift). This one has happened a few times.


    Kristen@Change of Pace December 20, 2012 at 9:42 am

    I am all about regifting! Why not! Dinner looks fabulous and congrats to Jen! I’m so jealous!


    Alissa Jo December 20, 2012 at 9:46 am

    I think re-gifting is ok- I have done it with my mom and sister, too. This is especially true if it’s a taste-specific decoration, clothing item, etc. However, for my wedding to my husband, his brother and wife totally re-gifted their present to us. It was a digital picture frame, but it had been manufactured about two years earlier. It would have been fine if it was something on our gift registry or something we mentioned we wanted, but we had no use for it. I gave it to my sister who said she’d use it. I feel in those instances they probably could have been more thoughtful with their gift-giving. Oh well! =)


    tammy brown December 20, 2012 at 9:49 am

    I do regift if it’s a decent gift that can be regifted. I always have a stach of gifts in my closet for b-days, holidays, etc. So if it’s something I received from someone else, I always put a post it note on the gift to remind me to not give it back to them or anyone they are close to. I never want to give back that regifted item to the person I received it from. That’s just tacky! I am not aware of ever receiving a regifted gift. I could have and just not known it. I feel its better to regift that gift to a person who will appreciate it. Otherwise it the gift will end up in my donations pile.


    Ginny December 20, 2012 at 10:12 am

    I have regifted and I know others have regifted to me. I am totally fine with it as long as the gift is something I think the person would enjoy and it is something good that does not look used, etc.


    Becky @ Olives n Wine December 20, 2012 at 10:17 am

    I don’t think I’ve ever regifted before although I would consider it if I received a really nice gift that I wasn’t going to use!


    Allison@commitcomplete December 20, 2012 at 10:22 am

    I don’t think there is anything wrong with regifting…I would just feel weird if the person asked me where I got the item from.

    On the flip side, as long as it were something I liked, I would be very happy to receive a regifted present.


    Lauren December 20, 2012 at 10:24 am

    The summer we got married we regifted because there were four other weddings that summer that we went to. Everything was on their registry and we just happened to get more of an item. Even after regifting for other weddings we had a surplus of magic bullets (we got 7 total!) and my sister in law requested that she get one for Christmas so we regifted to her. I don’t mind regifting if it is thoughtful, the item is something the other person wants or would like, and as long as the gift is not regifted to the original source.


    Tina December 20, 2012 at 10:43 am

    @Lauren: I agree! If it’s something the other person really wants, I think it totally makes sense!


    Christina @ The Beautiful Balance December 20, 2012 at 10:30 am

    I have never regifted anything or been given a regift but I definitely think it is an easy way out. Not a fan of it.


    Deb December 20, 2012 at 10:30 am

    I have no problem with regifting – I’ve been the giver and receiver. The only advice I’d give is BEFORE regifting, open the package and make sure it really is what the box indicates. This could turn into a big FAIL if you think you’re giving a way a crockpot and it turns out to be Aunt Millie’s antique bowl! ha ha

    I saw your apple crumb recipe right before Thanksgiving I have made 4 batches so far. My boys LOVE it! I wasn’t sure if the cinnamon was ground or sugar – so I used a little bit of both. Yes – holy yum. The flour topping is a little hard to spread evenly – any hints to making it easier? Thanks so much for this recipe – it’s a keeper.


    Tina December 20, 2012 at 10:42 am

    @Deb: I’m so glad you like the recipe! It’s one of my favorites! If you soften the butter a bit more (room temperature), it tends to absorb the flour better so it’s easier to spread. You can also use a bit more butter or a little less flour. Hope this helps! 🙂


    Ashley December 20, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Hi Tina,

    Last year I used your spinach and artichoke dip recipe from trading up downtown for a few different parties. I was wondering if you have that recipe listed anywhere else bc the website is gone and I can’t seem to find it anywhere. Thanks!


    Tina December 20, 2012 at 10:40 am

    @Ashley: Oh, man. I am so sorry. Once I left NuVal, they disabled Trading Up Downtown. Do you remember the ingredients in it? I can try to recreate it for CNC!


    Molly @ Just Your Average Athlete December 20, 2012 at 10:52 am

    I’ve definitely regifted before, but only if I really thought the person was going to like what I gave them. I know some people who have done it out of total desperation or just not going out and picking up another gift – that’s what I think is kinda cheesy about the whole regifting concept.


    Meghan@themeghamix December 20, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Totally have the regift confession guilt. Usually I donate unwated gifts to Goodwill unless I can regift to someone really close who regifts to me. Like your fam does, I guess.


    Nicole @ livingthesweetlifestl.wordpress.com December 20, 2012 at 11:29 am

    I don’t think I have ever regifted…but I am definitely not against it. I have never done it because I am always worried that the person who gave me the initial gift would come over and ask to see it and then i wouldn’t have it!


    Eating 4 Balance December 20, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Darn it. I was hoping for those boots. Lol. 🙂

    That’s an interesting statistic about regifting. I think I’ve done it a few times with those little gifts to friends for Christmas in High School. You never spent much on those anyways. One time I had a friend give me this stretchy bead necklace which I thought was really pretty. Then she told me it was her sister’s who never wore it because she thought it was ugly…. THANKS. Thanks a lot.


    Bobbie December 20, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    I think re-gifting is fine if the gift is a good fit for someone you know. I think if it’s just blatantly not a good fit for them either and you’re giving it just to give something then that’s obnoxious!
    Example: If someone gave me a starbucks gift card and I don’t like starbucks coffee but someone else I know does then why not?


    Margaret December 20, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    I usually just donate unwanted gifts to Goodwill, but sometimes I save particularly awful ones for next year’s white elephant gift parties.

    I’m trying to remember if I’ve actually regifted something, and I can’t remember, but I’m not opposed to it as long as it’s truly something you would have considered buying for the person, and it hasn’t been used, the packaging is still nice, etc.


    Chase December 20, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    I once got a regifted snowman deviled egg platter. It was not in a box and it was also dusty. I didn’t have to ask if it was regifted. It looked like someone scoured through their basement to find something! Otherwise, regifting something that is new still in packaging to someone who might really like it is fine by me!


    kim@hungryhealthygirl December 20, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    I think the idea of regifting is okay….if you truly think the person you’re giving it to will enjoy it and like it just as much as something that you would have went and bought them.


    Tina December 20, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    I think regifting is totally fine if the gift is new and you know the person will like it. I actually don’t like giving gifts just because I’m obligated to give them (such as this time of year), so I think that sort of throws any sort of gift-giving ‘rules’ out the window, anyway! I never tell anyone I regift…and I totally agree that you with one poster that you should open the gift to make sure the box contains what it says it does!


    Sarah (Shh...Fit Happens) December 20, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    If it is a good gift, what the heck, why not! Gotta love Seinfeld! Hahahaha


    Jodea @ chillichocolatelove.com December 20, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    My aunt us a notorious regifter and it just makes us all laugh! It’s so obvious. I see nothing wrong with it but I’d have to confess it was a regift I think.


    Lea @ Greens and Coffee Beans December 20, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever re-gifted anything, but I have been given re-gifted stuff by my boyfriend, well not so much re-gifted as his family buys him they think he should have rather than stuff he actually wants, and he gives it to me so it doesn’t go to waste. I won’t complain if I benefit from it :)!


    Erika December 22, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    The only time I’ve re-gifted is when it comes to White Elephant games. I hate that game because I always end up with a potholder or something 🙂


    Alyssa December 25, 2012 at 2:30 am

    I recently received a regifted gift from a very close friend. What’s worse is that the “To, From” portion was filled out from the original person, with someone else’s name. The gift was also left in the same bag/wrapping (again because the original person’s name was on the tag). That’s how I found out.

    Anyway I don’t have a problem but this time it was more hurtful than anything because I felt as though it was inconsiderate AND she gives our other friends really meaningful, sincere things. It’s the second or third time she’s done this to me. I almost feel like just giving her back her gift, same wrapping and all.


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