From the WSJ comes an article about the psychology of gift-giving.  The bottom line seems to be that the best thing to do is give people what they actually want.  What would we do without psychologists?

Then there’s the subject of regifting:

There are efforts to promote regifting. Money Management International, a nonprofit that helps people facing financial difficulties, has run a Regiftable.com website for more than five years and declared the third Thursday in December to be National Regifting Day, to coincide with many holiday office parties. At least one state, Colorado, has officially sanctioned an annual regifting day.

“National Regifting Day”?   I recently ranted about the unusually heavy-handed consumerist tilt to the season this year, but I guess I missed that one.   And just out of curiosity, how does a state “officially sanction” such a day?  Does this imply, giving the ever-more crushing embrace of the regulatory Colossus, that regifting on non-sanctioned days will now be verboten?

Cor lumme, stone the crows.

Oh, and this is the perfect opportunity for ol’ Robbo to restate and update a holiday reminder:  The article freely uses the gerunds “gifting” and “regifting”.  When I become Emperor of the World, use of the word “gift” in any verb form will constitute a flogging offense.  “Regifting”, however, will be considered acceptable under the Seinfeld Exemption Clause which provides immunity for use of language coined or popularized by, or otherwise associated with, Jerry & Co.

 

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