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
- •New things, pleaseRegifting 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.
- •Hide the evidenceIf 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.
- •Observe the "Strangers on a Train" ruleIf 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."
- •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.
- •Don't feel guiltyIf 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!