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Re-Gifting Etiquette


This notion is for 'the resourceful'. Re-gifting is a nice way to utilize unwanted or un-needed gifts that others may value. When it may be impossible or just impolite to make a return; re-gifting is a crafty means of 'giving back' - (only to another person). Some people may justify this process when they imagine that some gifts they've given in the past have been passed along as well. Some people are still not comfortable with the idea of re-gifting for different reasons.

Read below to learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I re-gift?
If and when re-gifting is permissible depends largely on the feelings of the giver. Will the gift giver ever discover that you have passed along their gift? If not, go ahead and re-gift. While you must always re-gift with care, there are times when the person to whom you are re-gifting will get a lot of enjoyment out of something that doesn't necessarily suit your personal tastes. In such an instance, re-gifting makes great sense.

Should I admit to my gift recipient that I'm re-gifting?
Sometimes this may be appropriate. For example, you may be re-gifting an expensive item. If you don't admit that it is a re-gift, the recipient may feel compelled to reciprocate with an equally expensive item.

How can I re-package a gift?
Whatever you do, don't re-package your item so that it appears to be from another retailer. Imagine the embarrassment if someone tried to return your re-gift! Do make sure you have fun with the presentation! Select beautiful wrapping paper and a gorgeous piece of ribbon just as you would for any other occasion.

What is a white elephant party?
A white elephant party is when people gather together for the express purpose of exchanging essentially impractical or humorous items-many of them re-gifted. This is a great way to re-gift without guilt or remorse. Just be sure, that the original gift giver will not be in attendance if their former gift is a designated white elephant.

Are there other occasions where re-gifting makes sense?
Absolutely! Consider a couple with a large family who is celebrating the arrival of a new baby. They may receive baby equipment or clothing that they already own. In such an event, it might make sense for them to pass along these duplicate gifts to an individual in need.

What the most important rule when it comes to re-gifting?
Other than not hurting the feelings of the original gift giver, the most important thing is to be sure that the re-gift is suitable for the new recipient. Are you merely burdening someone with an unwanted item, or presenting someone with something they are likely to enjoy?

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