December 22, 2009

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More than one in five Americans ‘re-gift,” according to Marist poll

POUGHKEEPSIE – There’s a 23 percent chance that a gift you unwrap this holiday season has been “re-gifted.”

A survey by Marist College in Poughkeepsie found that while 77 percent of the people polled say they don’t re-gift, the remainder said they have no problem giving a gift that they’ve received to someone else.

Younger people are more apt to re-gift. Thirty-six percent of those 18 to 29 say they would pass along a previous present while 27 percent of those 30 to 44 said they would.

Nearly one-fifth of Americans ages 45 to 59 re-gift as do 17 percent of those 60 and older.

The practice also occurs more frequently in the Northeast than in other parts of the country. Forty percent of those in the Northeast say they re-gift while 20 percent in the South and West and 17 percent in the Midwest say they do.

The most likely gift to be 're-gifted' to another person is a bottle of wine followed by a festive fruitcake, a candle, glass dish and candy.

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