Re-Gifting Your Beauty Christmas Gifts: a Yes or a No?

Thu, 13 December 2012 12:59PM

For those of you who love Seinfeld, you’ll be more than likely familiar with the episode The Strike. If you’re not (or find the show totally useless like I do), they celebrate Festivus, a way to enjoy Christmas without any of the crazy, commercial hoo-ha. Basically it ends up like the rest of the Seinfeld schemes – a disaster.

Anyway, every year, a group of my friends celebrate our own version of Festivus, which is actually an excuse to catch-up and indulge in my friend George’s Christmas feast. Rather than participate in Feats of Strength (a silly Seinfeld battle ‘til death tradition), we do a re-gifting session, i.e. presents we’ve been given throughout the year and then pass on. And it’s hilarious. Last year just some of the things we walked away with were a few, uh, interesting books – don’t ask – a salad dish that resembled a candelabra, and purple leopard print tights. I’m counting down ‘til this year’s celebrations.

Ahem, back to beauty.

Despite the fact that presents have nothing to do with the true meaning of Christmas, it’s inevitable that you will receive a present that you’ll want to return. More than likely it’ll be that reindeer-emblazoned sweater your great aunt Magda bought you (which to be honest, are considered rather chic nowadays), or perhaps, a beauty gift.

Kat and I – with Mariah Carey belting out All I Want for Christmas in the background – came up with our dos and dont’s for buying beauty Christmas gifts …

One is an anti-ageing cream, serum, eye product and the like. Kat and I were just discussing this one, and decided that it’s all about the promises the product makes. For example, a beautifully packaged set that declares it will thoroughly hydrate and provide comfort to your skin, like the Estée Lauder Replenishing Comfort Set, $240, Estée Lauder, falls into the more-than-acceptable category, because, hey, who doesn’t want luxurious comfort for their skin? However, those promising to banish age lines, sun spots and pigmentation are probably best to leave the buying to the person with those aforementioned skin concerns. Nobody wants to be unwrapping that present while suffering the inevitable Christmas Day food bloat and red wine rash. Note to self.

And then there’s fragrance. Priceline Pharmacy recently conducted a survey on over 7,500 Australians, who declared that, while home wares, chocolates and candles were some of the most commonly re-gifted items; seven out of ten people said that they wouldn’t re-gift a fragrance. Which I found rather interesting. Fragrance is such a personal gift to give. For example, every year my dad buys my mum a beautiful new bottle of Chanel No. 5 EDP, from $159, 1300 CHANEL, mainly because she’s usually running low by the end of December (how convenient). Of course, it’s her signature, so she’s guaranteed to love it. Smart move, Pop! However for someone like myself, buying fragrance is rather tricky. Like so many of you recently surveyed in our PRIMPER Poll, I’m your three-fragrances-on-the-go kinda gal, alternating between a fruity-floral, a leather accord (hello, Bottega Veneta) and a creamy, vanilla-esque gourmand. But they do swap and change all the time, so unless a friend or family member is clued in on my favourite fragrance notes, the gift is probably not going to land a spot on my perfume shelf.

The Spa at The Darling, Sydney

Another one is some sort of beauty treatment. Don’t get me wrong, a beautiful voucher for a day spa where you can choose your treatment is probably at the top of all of our wish lists, however an at-home beauty contraption is more than likely not. For example, a foot spa, a subtle hint, perhaps, that your feet aren’t looking as great in those sky-high stilettos as you thought they did. For a fun fact, foot spas are actually one of the most returned Christmas gifts. They, of course, end up in the cupboard under the stairs or passed on at the next birthday. As does the spray tan machine you though would save you all that time and money, but ends up being place in the too-hard-basket, aka the re-gifting drawer.

Tell me, Primpers, what are the beauty gifts you like to receive at Christmas?

Do you ever re-gift any?

What do you think about receiving perfume?

Have you ever seen the Seinfeld episode?

Hayley x

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  • Posted by: Tahlz68 Enthusiast // Thu, 13 December 2012 01:14pm

    I don’t really like getting or giving fragrance as a gift.. It’s pretty hard to know what someone else likes!

  • Posted by: daylight dancer Master Fan // Thu, 13 December 2012 01:38pm

    I love seinfeld. Anything that makes me laugh is a winner in my book.
    I guess unless you well and truely know someone it may be difficult to buy beauty for them. You must know there skin type and preferences. What colour make up they like. mmmm can be tricky.
    I would never regift. Its way to risky and how offended would the giver be if they found out.
    Personally, id love to receive perfume, because im a lover of them all!

  • Posted by: anitas.artistry Master Fan // Thu, 13 December 2012 01:57pm

    I have a friend that has given me perfume as a gift a couple of times. And even though they wouldn’t be something I’d have chosen, I’ve been surprised that I’ve actually liked them! You just never know… And if they aren’t quite your cup of tea, spray it on for work.

  • Posted by: anitas.artistry Master Fan // Thu, 13 December 2012 01:59pm

    I just can’t bring myself to re-gift something…. Too impersonal for me.

  • Posted by: Sparkles17 Master Fan // Thu, 13 December 2012 02:05pm

    I hate getting perfume as a gift as I don’t like many overpowering and strong perfumes. My close family members know not to gift me perfume. The ones I get I just give away to my sister, cousins and aunts!

  • Posted by: DebstarDesigns Master Fan // Thu, 13 December 2012 02:10pm

    I do re-gift, but generally I save up those unwanted pressies and place them under the Kmart wishing tree at Christmas time!

  • Posted by: soMuchPretty Master Fan // Thu, 13 December 2012 02:53pm

    I love Seinfeld. Festivus!

    I wish people wouldn’t give me fragrance unless they know which one I like. Invariably it sits on the shelf gathering dust.

    I have been known to sell unwanted gifts on eBay… that’s ok right? 😛 Other things I donate to charity.

  • Posted by: GorgeousEmeralds Master Fan // Thu, 13 December 2012 07:15pm

    I’ve never really watched Seinfeld so I can’t comment on that, the only thing that I have regifted was a present for school that were randomly picked from a bag by the reciepent.

    As for pefume I would prefer to select what I want myself.

  • Posted by: Britty1 Master Fan // Thu, 13 December 2012 07:32pm

    i always regift perfume. unless it’s one i actually asked for, i’ve never been given a fragrance that i like or is suitable for me. so i usually hand ball it off to one of my little cousins at their next birthday (any 14-10 year old is stoked at receiving a britney spears perfume, no matter how awful the product actually smells!!!) haha

  • Posted by: Knyholm Master Fan // Thu, 13 December 2012 10:14pm

    Luckily I never get anything I dont want, my friends and family know me well enough to know what to get me!

  • Posted by: Mampha Master Fan // Fri, 14 December 2012 02:25am

    Ha! “Fragrance is such a personal gift to give”…. I so agree. Which would be why I was utterly appalled to discover my husband had spend 35 euros buying the chick next door a box of perfume minis as a gift!
    Having never received such a gift from Hubby, i really think she should have regifted that one… my way!

    My parents do a similar thing to that at their annual ‘Ausmas’.. They and their cronies get together and give the most ridiculous pressies 😀 Next year I am going to insist they use my Love Button that I received as a shopping bonus gift … It say red alert. There’s a switch on the bottom to switch it to male or female (OK that doesn’t read well.. but you know what I mean). You press the button and a scarily loud alarm sounds, and then a male… or female… makes a random sexy statement…”Hot smoking MAMA!” or “Is that a gun in your pocket? It is the most tasteless and ridiculous thing I have ever received. AND the pricetag says $10 or $20 or something obscene 😀 😀
    Sounds right up their level of ridiculous: they can tee hee into their cuppas about it, but who else would actually CHOOSE to buy something like that? 😀 😀

  • Posted by: wittyusername Devotee // Fri, 14 December 2012 06:41am

    I haven’t seen that particular Seinfeld ep but now I want to!
    I don’t like giving perfume unless it is to a loved one, who’s taste I already know. It seems too personal, though the survey disagreed. I either regift or send to charities unwanted presents, as I believe the spirit of giving and gratitude is continued, and often it is not about the gift, it is about the fact that they put thought into it and remembered you on this day.

  • Posted by: Lois // Fri, 14 December 2012 11:47am

    I always write down about 5 fragrances that I’d really like (I’m a wee bit obsessed!) then send my boyfriend out to choose the one that he likes best to buy me for Xmas! That way he gets a say and I get a fragrance I like; win-win!

  • Posted by: Jensta Master Fan // Fri, 14 December 2012 12:47pm

    Ha ha yes, I loved festivus for the rest of us. I would never ever re-gift anything, I think it is rude, just give it away if you dont like it. My sister has done it to me and I am not very impressed.

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Fri, 14 December 2012 05:58pm

    that EL pack looks nice

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Fri, 14 December 2012 06:10pm

    i dont like to re gift the gifts i was given

  • Posted by: Carolyn // Sun, 16 December 2012 08:56am

    I admit to re-gifting makeup (only unopened and unused!!!) sets when the colours aren’t right (eg. Clinique gift with purchase). I’d rather see the items used than sitting at the back of the bathroom cupboard.
    With all who have said fragrance is personal…wouldn’t even try to buy a friend fragrance. If I had one I really didn’t like, I’d ask mum if she’d like it.

  • Posted by: bluebird Master Fan // Mon, 17 December 2012 01:07pm

    I can’t re-gift anything..I’d feel too guilty..I’d give it to charity first.

    I love most perfumes so love been given it, but buying for others is very hit and I’d find out what they liked first or give a gift voucher.

  • Posted by: p3charmed Master Fan // Tue, 18 December 2012 11:28am

    I love getting perfume at christmas, especially the gift sets. and i wouldn’t re gift to anyone so i wouldn’t want anyone to do it to me, simple.

  • Posted by: lolo Master Fan // Tue, 18 December 2012 12:13pm

    Hahah this is classic! I agree on all areas covered in this post.. I would sooo love to do the re-gifting day with a group of friends, such a funny idea. You should see some of the shockers I get from cousins or distant relatives who dont even know how old I am!!!

  • Posted by: nita01 Master Fan // Wed, 19 December 2012 01:17pm

    My family know that if they buy me anuything beauty related they’re going to be on a winner!!! I don’t care if I have a million of the same type of thing, I collect, gather, try, and fall in love with every beauty product I own. I would NEVER re-gift a beauty presie…only because I’m too greedy when it comes to beauty related products. I WANT THEM ALL!!!!
    But I have re-gifted many things over the years, I don’t feel bad about it, I’ve not unwrapped or undone or used any of them so there still brand new. So I cannot see a problem.

  • Posted by: Sparkles17 Master Fan // Fri, 21 December 2012 06:42pm

    Except for perfume anything beauty related, love body butters, body lotions, bath products, hair products! I only regift if its something I know for sure someone will love.

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Mon, 17 June 2013 02:31pm

    I don’t like the idea of regifting. It’s not in the spirit of receiving, should be grateful for what you get.


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