If you are re-gifting anything this year, here are the rules from Jeffrey Trull:
1. Be honest with yourself
The second you rip open that tacky sweater or random kitchen appliance, you know if you’re going to wear it or use it. Don’t live in denial, thinking someday you’ll change your mind. Unworn and unused evidence in your closets and garage proves otherwise.
Trust your gut on whether you’ll use your gift or should consider regifting.
2. Make sure regifting makes sense
Not every present you get and don’t like is a good candidate for regifting. Before putting it in your regifting pile, ask yourself if you could give it to someone else without feeling guilty or embarrassed.
If the giver spent great time and care choosing this gift for you, consider holding onto it instead of risking hurt feelings.
Personalized or monogrammed items are almost always off-limits, except in the unlikely case you share a name or initials with someone else.
Don’t try to get away with regifting anything used, either. At the very least the receiver won’t like it, and they may be offended.
3. Label to-be-regifted items
Every regifter’s worst nightmare is being caught. Even worse: accidentally giving the gift back to the original giver.
Preventing disaster is easy. Make sure to label items you plan to regift with the name of the original giver. Write down others who saw you open the gift too, since there’s a chance they’ll recognize the item later.
4. Check the packaging
Before regifting, make sure to erase any evidence the item was originally intended for you. Did Aunt Mary tuck a note inside that book? Or did Uncle Ernie write your name on the box somewhere?
Be thorough in your search, and get rid of any packaging or personalization that’s a giveaway it’s a regift.
5. Keep a catalog
If you’re a serial regifter, track your inventory. Use a notebook or a computer spreadsheet to make a list of what the gift is, who it came from, and where you’re storing it in your house.
Before shopping, consult your handy regifting list to see if you have anything that matches up with the recipient’s tastes. You might already have the perfect gift for them, saving time and money.
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