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9 Re-gifting Rules Every Person Should Live By

Here's how to avoid a major holiday faux pas.
9 Re-gifting Rules Every Person Should Live By Here's how to avoid a major holiday faux pas.

We've all re-gifted presents and therefore it shouldn't be frowned upon. But do note that it has to be done tastefully. To help you with that, here are a few rules to avoid a major holiday faux pas. 



1. Only re-gift the nice ones you just don't need or can't use. The logic behind this is you don't want the gift to go to waste, and you know someone out there is bound to love it. If that's the case, re-gifting is perfectly okay, if not a good thing to do.

2. Re-gift to someone who is not in the original giver's social circle. It would be embarrassing for you and the original giver if she saw her friend sporting earrings she had given you last Christmas. If a friend gave you something you're not entirely a fan of, best re-gift it to your officemate who she has no connections to.

3. Only re-gift items that have never been unpacked or are still in just-store-bought condition. Meaning, they're still in the original box. Or, you can buy a box and wrap it beautifully, ribbons and all.


4. Don't re-gift something you know that person will look for. If your aunt got you a purse and she's the type to keep looking for it or wonder why she doesn't see you using it, don't re-gift it for family's sake. If you're at a family reunion, you might as well use it there for her to see it and feel pleased about it.


5. Don't re-gift a family heirloom. You will regret it. Family heirlooms should be held sacred!

6. If it's really, really ugly, don't give re-gift it, and think twice about donating it. Donating our old things we don't need anymore is a good endeavor. But donating something we find disgusting or trashy? That's not very nice; it says something about how you look at the less fortunate. 


7. If you can't remember who gave you the item you want to re-gift, don't re-gift it. You do not want to give it to someone who had given it to you first. That's just going to hurt that person (and embarass both of you).

8. Don't re-gift items that are outdated or no longer in style. Even if you say that yesteryear's trends will be in vogue once again, you probably still shouldn't re-gift the item, especially in the wrong season. People can tell when something is old.

9. Don't re-gift something handmade or personalized for you. There was a lot of thought, heart, and effort placed in the gift, and that should be respected by keeping it. You might not like how it looks, but some gifts are more than that.

*This story originally appeared on Minor edits have been made by the editors.