Thursday, January 14, 2016
I'm curious. What are your thoughts on secondhand gifts?
I've seen a few people making a pledge to not buy new, but giving themselves a pass on buying gifts for others new. I'm guessing this is much more about the giftee than the gifter since the gifter is making this pledge to not buy new for themselves. I'm not judging, we all need to decide what's right for us ourselves, it just got me thinking.
Personally, I'd love it if those who felt compelled to give me a physical gift did so by either finding the item secondhand or making it themselves - bonus points if they make something with materials they found secondhand! :-)
In my recent thrifty adventures, I've picked up a few items I feel will make great gifts for people in my life with birthdays in the near future. I sort of feel like the fates are with me on this. I'm browsing for something from my shopping list and see something perfect for so-and-so. It just so happens I'm in a thrift store and the price has fewer digits. Sure, the item may have passed through someone else's hands first, but does that give it less meaning?
I try to mostly give consumable gifts so I'm not adding to anyone's clutter. When I do give a non-consumable gift, they're often handmade, but I'm not averse to giving things found in a thrift store regardless if I think the recipient shots secondhand or not. To me, a gift shouldn't be about the price that was paid. Nor if someone else happened to have paid for it first. Added bonus? Shopping secondhand means way better gifts without breaking the budget. And really? Who would know anyway unless you tell them? ;-)
How about you? Do you give gifts procured secondhand? Would you be at all offended if you found out you weren't the first owner of a gift you received?