The Art of Re-gifting

    eBay Canada offers tips and tricks for getting the most from your
    unwanted holiday gifts

    TORONTO, Dec. 20 /CNW/ - For many, the holiday season brings at least one
or two gifts that just miss the mark of perfection. Whether it's the sweater
from Aunt Agnes who thinks you're still six years old, the shoes from Uncle
Joe that are three sizes too big, or the two identical cheese platters you
received from two different friends, we've all received gifts that just don't
fit our style or taste.
    In the spirit of giving - and re-giving - eBay Canada is offering five
free listings to each of its users during its National Re-Gifting Week,
December 26th to December 30th. eBay users get the opportunity to turn their
top five unneeded gifts into cash to pay off January bills or to buy something
they really want.
    "There's absolutely nothing wrong with re-gifting, as long as it's done
the right way," says shopping expert Cathie Mostowyk, the eBay Canada Style
Squad budget and shopping expert. "Just because a gift isn't your style or
taste doesn't mean it isn't perfect for someone else. Storing an unwanted gift
at the back of your closet is just a waste - why not re-gift it and let
someone else enjoy it?"
    To help you re-purpose those unwanted holiday gifts, eBay Canada provides
some re-gifting etiquette for the season:

    -   Don't re-gift the re-gifter - Lots of people have horror stories of
        proudly presenting a gift they pulled from the back of the closet to
        a friend or family member, only to have them say "Didn't I give this
        to you?" Avoid embarrassment by writing the name of the giver on a
        sticky note and placing it on the gift itself.

    -   Make a list - If you received a number of gifts that just aren't your
        taste, make a note of a friend or family member who you know will
        love it. Or think about a special event that might be on the horizon,
        like a wedding or anniversary. If you're confident the gift is on
        someone else's wish list, you'll be able to hand it over to someone
        who will really appreciate it.

    -   Don't keep it in the family - If you received an unwanted gift from
        your cousin, don't re-gift it to her sister! Be discreet and only re-
        gift to someone who doesn't come into regular contact with the
        original sender. Selling your item on eBay is a great way to avoid
        having to explain why your gift is suddenly hanging on someone else's

    -   Accept graciously - Sometimes you get a gift that you really dislike
        but it's from someone you see very often and don't want to offend. If
        that's the case, accept it graciously. If it's something wearable,
        like jewelry or a scarf, wear it once or twice in their presence so
        they can feel good about it. If it's something for the house, like a
        vase, keep it in the closet until you know the person will be
        visiting; then whip it out and give it pride of place. It's always
        best to avoid hurting someone's feelings.

    -   Donate it - Charities are often looking for special items. Instead of
        hiding unwanted gifts of clothing in the bottom drawer, donate them
        to a shelter. Or donate a quirky item to an organization's charity
        auction. Your re-gifting will make a difference to someone who really
        needs it.

    -   Sell it - Selling an unwanted gift is a win/win situation. You've
        passed it on to someone who really wants it, and you've experienced
        some joy from the gift itself (albeit in the form of cash!) This
        especially comes in handy in January when you're reeling from your
        holiday credit card bill. Selling it online virtually guarantees
        finding someone who will love your item and pay top dollar for it, so
        take advantage of your five free listings on eBay and start selling!

    -   Enjoy the spirit of the season! - This time of the year is about
        family, togetherness and sharing, so appreciate the thought behind
        your gift, no matter how much or how little it appeals to you - and
        remember to send a note of thanks!

    To take advantage of eBay's five free listings, visit

    About eBay Canada

    eBay is the World's Online Marketplace(TM) with more than 248 million
registered users worldwide. Founded in 1995, eBay created a powerful platform
for the sale of goods and services by a passionate community of individuals
and businesses. eBay enables trade on a local, national, and international
basis with customized sites in 38 markets around the world. Through an array
of services, such as its payment solution provider PayPal, eBay is enabling
global e-commerce for an ever-growing online community. In Canada, eBay was
visited by more than 11.6 million Canadians in October 2007. (comScore Media
Metrix, October 2007).

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For further information: Laura Butcher, Environics Communications,, (416) 969-2766

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