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Laura Serino

After visiting Maine only a handful of times, Laura Serino packed up her studio apartment in New York City and headed north for "the way life should be." After a summer on North Haven island, she and her boyfriend, a Maine native, settled in Portland, Maine. Serino is a former magazine editor who has been published in national and regional publications. When she isn't blogging, she spends her time antiquing, scouring thrift shops, exploring new places in Maine and cozying up to her cat Jasper. She recently completed her first book, "Twentysomething Girl, 1001 Quick Tips and Tricks to Make Your Life Easier." Reach her at Follow her: @ForeFrontFash

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Posted: December 21, 2012

The no-buy gift guide a.k.a regifting

When I refer to “regifting” I’m not referring to the commonly used term. Rather than pass along a gift you received and disliked to someone else, I recommend passing on gifts that you love to others. Here’s a great example. I love this bag.

I love this bag so much that I have been unable to donate it to Goodwill or to SWAP Maine, even though I haven’t used it in over five years. But it’s a classic, high-end item that deserves a loving home. So what am I going to do? I’m going to wrap it up and pass it on to a friend this holiday season. It’s a no-buy gift and it’s brilliant.

This principle can work in all different realms. Have you read a great book? Wrap it up and pass it on. Own a recipe book that has a newbie baker’s name written all over it? Dog ear your favorite recipes and gift it a new home. That little black dress that hasn’t fit you since college but it’s still insanely stylish? Give it to a smaller, fashion-forward friend. Now I’m not suggesting you use the holiday season as a way to clean out your closet or bookshelves. I think this can only work if you’re really passing something along that you think someone will appreciate it.

Join me in my pursuit of regifting, friends! What do you think about this notion? Is it totally cheap and stingy – or a great idea?

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