At the end of the year we start thinking about our karma and asking ourselves a lot of questions. Have I given more than I’ve gotten? Now you can give even more without a second thought. There is nothing wrong with re-gifting your Christmas gifts, recent study shows.
According to statistics, 36 percent of Russians re-gift during the holiday season (and that only includes official numbers). In 2014, American Express survey showed 42 percent of respondents said that they had re-gifted in the previous year.
But we know that it’s all about a sense of guilt.
Researchers found that those who receive a gift (“receivers”) overestimate the reactions of those who give the gift (“givers”). The researchers say: “Although receivers felt that givers were entitled to have a say in what happened to their gifts, givers felt that receivers were entitled to do whatever they liked with a gift.” In other words, receivers considered re-gifting a sin and their sense of guilt made them feel the “regifting taboo” more strongly while the further fate of the gift didn’t bother givers so much.
According to a study, in several Native American communities, “a gift is seen as having a spirit. And if you keep the gift, you kill its essence. By passing the gift on, you continue the cycle of gift-giving, and weave a web of mutual indebtedness and social cohesion”.
In Russia, we have an opposite superstition. If you re-gift something, you kill the positive energy that has been put in there by its giver. Moreover, you destroy the energy of those kind wishes that the giver had told you when giving the gift. Nevertheless, we still do it.
Let’s be honest.
Do you consider the possibility of re-gifting? It’s okay, the likelihood that your friends and significant others read my blog is extremely low.
And if your answer is “No”, try to be honest again: have you ever re-gifted anything?