Regifting has gained in popularity since comedian Jerry Seinfeld’s show used it on January 19,1995. It’s link to online auctions has also made the phenomenon of regifting more acceptable. In fact, more than half of adults recently surveyed by Money Management International (MMI) find regifting acceptable
Here’s the place in the script where regift was used in that Seinfeld episode as well as another new term, degift). January 19, 1995:
George: The wedding is off. Now you can go to the Super Bowl.
Jerry: I can’t call Tim Whatley and ask for the tickets back.
George: You just gave them to him two days ago, he’s gotta give you a grace period.
Jerry: Are you even vaguely familiar with the concept of giving? There’s no grace period.
George: Well, didn’t he regift the label maker?
George: Well, if he can regift, why can’t you degift?
Jerry: You may have a point.
George: I have a point, I have a point.
Here’s the 10 most popular regifted items counting backwards:
10 – alcohol
9 – gift cards
8 – fruit cake
7 – candles
6 – cookbooks
5 – jewelry
4 – picture frames
3 – gift basket
2 – housewares
1 – clothing