Do Think Carefully About the Person on the Receiving End
Just because an item is still in its original packaging doesn’t mean it’s the perfect gift for your friends. In fact, the same rules that apply to picking out a brand-new gift apply when regifting. The bottom line: You still need to be thoughtful. If a person hates scented candles, don’t regift them the ones you received, but don't want.
Don’t Regift Anything That’s Obviously Been Used
Do Make an Effort to Wrap It Nicely
Presentation matters, whether you’re giving a regular gift or regifting. Because you didn’t shell out any cash for the present, spend a few dollars on wrapping paper and ribbon to make your offering extra special. (Hey, it helps!)
Don’t Pass Off Anything That Was Clearly Made Just for You
Do Keep a List of Who Gave You What Every Year
Don’t Regift Office Swag
Do Regift Items to Charity
Just because you don’t need it doesn’t mean a charity can’t benefit from it. The basic regifting rules still apply: The item needs to be new and in perfect condition. As long as an item meets those criteria, it can always be auctioned off or donated to help raise funds for a worthy cause.
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Don’t Regift from a Store That’s No Longer in Business
Do Regift for a White Elephant Party or Yankee Swap
It’s the name of the game, isn’t it? At these parties, you're supposed to show up with a wrapped gift to contribute to the pool, then try to leave with the best one. It's a regifter's paradise! In fact, joke gifts are usually encouraged.
Don’t Regift to Mutual Friends and Family
If there’s even one ounce of a chance that members of your inner circle could actually see you regift something they gave with love to you (or even find out about it after the fact), stop in your tracks. (Seriously, it’s not worth the hurt you could cause.)
Do Keep Any Regifting a Secret
It should go without saying that successfully regifting an item isn’t something to brag about. Instead, celebrate your resourcefulness—and keep it to yourself.
Follow these regifting rules to make sure it stays a happy holiday for everyone.
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