As an advocate of all things second-hand is it fair that I should give my friends pre-loved gifts too? I recently purchased this book through the charity book buying site: Green Metropolis.
It was on the recommendation of blogger Silver Bells and I was delighted to find a copy to give to my friend for her birthday. We usually buy each other books and I know she’ll love the story. I had been about to buy a copy on Amazon but when Green Metropolis was recommended I decided to purchase from the site. As it mentions in the accompanying gift slip:
“Your gift was purchased from GreenMetropolis.com, a company dedicated to turning read books green by encouraging its members to recycle their books…”
My purchase also included a small donation to the Dogs Trust. There are a number of charities that sellers on the site can choose to donate some of their sales to.
I still feel slightly tight as the book cost less than a full price, brand new one. But my friend is environmentally conscious and I know she will appreciate the charitable donation, and re-usability of the gift (I hope).
In the past my second-hand present buying has been limited to my daughters (a few charity shop books at Christmas) and my husband (see here for the vinyl spin on this year’s birthday present)
However I’m still unsure what the majority of my friends and family would think if I started shopping for their birthdays exclusively at second-hand shops.
Over the past few years I have bought the Oxfam Unwrapped gift cards (especially for all the 40th and 50th birthday parties I seem to be going to at the moment). I find these are the easiest things to get when I don’t want to give the birthday boy/girl yet another unwanted ornament.
I also keep a shelf of unopened and unused presents which my daughters have received. They do get a lot of presents from family and friends and there’s only so many craft sets a child can use. Again, I feel rather mean re-gifting these but they can also solve the last minute party present crisis.
So I’m still undecided about second-hand presents. I will see what my friend’s reaction is when she opens her gift this weekend.
What about you? Do you give second-hand, or ‘re-gift’ unwanted presents?