5 REGIFTING RULES TO GET YOU THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS

We all do it. There. It's out there and we can move on to the how. Regifting makes a lot of sense, but regifting with class is a skill all its own. Here's how to avoid regifting regrets, and if you need more...http://www.consumerreports.org/holiday-shopping/how-to-avoid-regifting-regrets
  1. New things, please
    Regifting is not mere recycling. No one wants a sweater you got five years ago, wore twice, threw in the corner, and have now put a ribbon on. If it's not a legitimate antique, you're just being tacky.
  2. Hide the evidence
    If the coffee table book on Pugs of the World has a big fat inscription to you on the inside, it's not cool to regift. Make sure you get rid of anything that proves the gift is a regift. We know people do it, we just don't like being reminded we're the people who receive the regifts.
  3. Observe the "Strangers on a Train" rule
    If you're regifting something you got from your aunt, don't give it to your cousin. This is what's known in the business as "asking for trouble."
  4. Do not do this. Ever.
    Give the thing you're regifting to the person who gave it to you in the first place. Seriously. Do not do this. Ever.
  5. Don't feel guilty
    If you've received beautiful cut crystal glasses that you will absolutely never use and your brother-in-law is a bourbon aficionado, it's ok to give him the glasses. If you're really feeling bad, get him something else (like a bottle of bourbon) and say that the glasses are a regift. Chances are he will not care. Because you bought him bourbon. And thought enough of him to know when a regift would be just up his alley!