Last Week Tonight is currently, tragically, on hiatus until February. Fans of the show were treated to a wonderful surprise late Sunday evening when a web exclusive was released to YouTube, helping make the wait just a tiny bit easier.
Host John Oliver and the team at Last Week Tonight apparently couldn't leave for the holidays without discussing one very important holiday-related issue: the time honoured tradition of regifting. Oliver, probably accurately, pointed out that each one of us will receive "at least one profoundly underwhelming gift...that induces the sort of jaw-dropping disappointment that one normally associates with the term 'lettuce wrap'".
Thankfully, Oliver provided some handy advice about "the art of regifting, the easiest way of pawning off something you can't stand aside from sending your child to summer camp". For starters, he cautions viewers against regifting to someone who may know the original gift-giver. He suggested office parties in order to create some distance.
Oliver's second suggestion was to make the gift seem more personal by including a note saying something along the lines of "saw this and thought of you" unless the gift is "a self help book, or a box of wine".
Regifters will want to maintain maximum "plausible deniability" so they should hide the present by rewrapping the item or at least using a gift bag. As Oliver points out, a bad gift looks better "dressed up".
Gift bags are the sweatpants of gift-wrapping. Sure, it's lazy, but it's undeniably better than not putting anything on at all.
Most importantly, "do not attempt to redistribute all of your gifts amongst your friends and family like a festive Ponzi scheme.". It's important to keep your regifting low-key, lest you get caught.
Leaving fans with those very useful holiday tips, Oliver closed the show wishing us all a happy holiday season.
Happy holidays and may all your problems become someone else's.
Check out the clip below. Do you have any great regifting tips Oliver missed? Any hilarious stories about a regift gone wrong? Let us know in the comments below!https://youtu.be/GjatG8QFoOk