One of the best presents I unwrapped at my family’s Christmas gathering this past weekend was a box of used clothing.
My brother gave us dozens of outfits my niece outgrew. I’m pretty sure my daughter has enough clothing now to last through college.
This year, my family made a pact to give only regifted or handmade Christmas gifts. The economy isn’t the best, and we agreed a scaled-back Christmas was wiser than throwing caution to the wind and spending money we didn’t have anyway.
We didn’t stick to our plan 100 percent. My stepdad gave my brother and me gas money for driving home for the holiday. Cheater.
But we cut our spending significantly. And we all ended up with presents we were hoping for in the first place. Highlights: handmade soap, scrapbooks and hand-me-down dress shirts.
We decided to continue our frugal tradition next year. After giving regifting a go, here are my tips for being a good gifter:
• Give with a purpose. Don’t look at a set of ugly holiday dish towels and pair them with whoever is left over on your Christmas list.