It’s a holiday season fact: Everyone (or actually 36 percent of people, according to consumer reports) re-gifts unwanted presents. Emily Post, guru of manners, has sanctioned it under certain conditions, and we think it’s perfectly fine, too—with some guidelines.
Scroll down to read our top five rules for re-gifting the right way.
Don’t re-gift simply because you’re too lazy to go find the person a gift. Usually it’s obvious if the gift isn’t a right fit, and the recipient might suspect it’s been re-gifted.
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Your mom gave you a sweater, and you re-gift it to your cousin. All three parties attend a family event, and your mother sees your cousin wearing said gift. Quelle horreur! Avoid this uncomfortable situation by re-gifting to an entirely different social circle.
It had all the potential of a successful re-gift, until the recipient saw another name scrawled on the gift bag tag. Make sure to rewrap the item so the new owner has no indication of the present’s origins.
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Even if the present you received is so not your taste, don’t re-gift an item if the person may ask to see the item again or expects to see it in on display in your home. It’s always embarrassing when the gift is inquired about, and you have to come up with an impromptu excuse.
This may seem obvious, but it’s just plain inconsiderate to gift pre-used items—even if the scarf would work perfectly with your outfit, and she’ll never know the difference. If you like it enough to use it, perhaps you should keep it!
Have you ever re-gifted an item? Do you have any tips or rules to add to the list? Let us know in the comments below!