December 6th, 2009

Regifting Etiquette: 5 Top Tips To Regift Gracefully

by Jacqueline Whitmore

With budgets being tight these days, more people are opting to dig deep inside their closets in search of that perfect gift.  So if you’re contemplating what to do with those gifts you neither want nor will ever use, here’s some good news for you.  It is perfectly appropriate to re-wrap an unwanted gift and give it to someone else as long as you adhere to the following five guidelines.

  1. Only give a gift if it is in good condition. Be sure not to tamper with, open, or use the gift and keep all seals intact.
  2. Regift in different social circles. Make sure the person receiving the gift doesn’t know the person who originally gave you the gift. To avoid this mishap, label any gifts you don’t intend to keep by jotting down when it was received and by whom.
  3. The gift should be a good match. Before giving a recycled gift, ask yourself if the receiver will enjoy, appreciate and use the gift. If you’re not sure, don’t bother regifting it.
  4. Remove the evidence. Before you regift, remove the original card that may be tucked inside the gift. (I once received a hostess gift from a friend who forgot to remove the card inside addressed to her!)
  5. Retire unwanted gifts. Instead of regifting those items that you’ll never use like that old bottle of cologne, canned ham, stale fruitcake, or itchy sweater, give the gift to charity or dispose of it so you and others will never have to see it again.
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One Response to “Regifting Etiquette: 5 Top Tips To Regift Gracefully”

  1. Ava on July 10th, 2010 8:13 pm

    My daughter recently recieved wedding gifts from a very well-to-do co-worker of mine for a wedding gift. You could tell right away that these gifts were not NEW by any means. The first one was a plastic ice bucket with matching glasses. The design on the bucket and glasses appear to be from years past, and the ice bucket had what appeared to be a mold stain in the bottom which indicates this item had been used or stored for a long period of time in a damp place. The other item was a silver plated 4×5 size photo book — again somewhat discolored, full of fingerprints. This, of course is like a slap in the face to the recipient and to me. I can fully understand someone of meager means regifting, but not from someone of her means who could, without any financial difficulty whatsoever, get a new gift to give — or nothing at all in this case would have been more acceptable.

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