It is the season of giving, but everyone knows that sometimes we don’t always get what we want to receive.
That doesn’t mean that there isn’t an etiquette to spreading the love.
An advice blog provides tips on the do’s and don’ts of re-gifting:
DO: Think carefully about the person receiving the gift.
Are they the type of person who will see right through your gesture? Just because it is in the original packaging doesn’t mean it is the right gift for that person. The gift needs to be thoughtful. If they wouldn’t want that gift, they will know you didn’t put any thought into it and they will smell the “re-gifting” right away.
DON’T: Re-gift something already used
Seriously, that’s just gross. Even the smallest amount of wear and tear is a no-go.
DO: Make an effort to re-wrap
No damaged boxes or used wrapping paper here. Sometimes you can make an exception for pretty bows.
DON’T: Try and re-gift personalized gifts.
We get it, grandma’s sweaters aren’t always that stylish, but one day you will cherish it for sentimental value. Plus, there is no way you will be able to pass that off to someone else without them knowing.
DO: Re-gift items to charity:
If the items are just laying around the house and aren’t overly worn, make sure it goes to someone who is really in need this year.
DONT: Re-gift from a store that’s no longer is in business
This should really be a no-brainer. If the store doesn’t even exist anymore, then the recipient obviously knows you took no time to go out and buy them a gift.
DO: Keep Any Re-gifting a Secret
If you really can’t go out and buy a new gift and have no choice but to re-gift, keep it on the down-low. You never know whose feelings could get hurt. Unless the gift is a family heirloom, it’s best to keep the re-gifting a secret.
Don’t Re-gift to Mutual Friends and Family
These are the people who know you the best. They will be able to see right through you, and also most likely know your knick-knacks. It’s best to buy new and from the heart for these folks.