The Etiquette of Re-Gifting

Let’s be honest, we all do it – pass along a gift we don’t like or have no use for to an unsuspecting friend or relative. So how can we do it gracefully and without tipping anyone off?  Here are a few guidelines to keep in mind –

Make sure the new recipient can actually use the item. Just because you don’t want it means they will. Give some thought to their tastes in clothing, music, jewelry, home décor.  Ask youself – will this regift be something they’ll truly enjoy/wear/use?

Never regift something that was handmade, one-of-a-kind, monogrammed, or autographed.  You should keep these gifts and, at least, put on display when the giver is in the vicinity.  If you regift these items to others, you will most assuredly be found out at some point.

I hope this goes without saying – only regift something that has never been opened or used!  The new recipient will be able to tell if the original shrink wrap is missing or they find a bacon bit in the salad spinner.

Regift only – and this is very important – to someone in a completely different social circle from the original giver. This will ensure that the scarf or picture frame will never be seen by them and your anonymity will be preserved.

Don’t rewrap in the original wrapping paper or gift box.  Again, the regifting will be obvious to the recipient, especially when they find the gift tag made out to you hidden under the tissue.  Find a new box and wrap this regift up anew!

Finally, if you’re the kind of person who keeps a stash of regifts ready for giving on a moment’s notice, take heed.  Keep meticulous records!  You don’t want to give your college roommate the very same sweater she gave you 2 years ago!

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