Gifts that keep on giving
PERTH-BASED etiquette expert Louise Percy has provided all her top tips to make regifting seamless this season.
REGIFTING is something we all do and it is completely socially acceptable.
Etiquette expert Louise Percy, of the Perth-based Percy Institute, said the act of regifting was widely accepted by the community and nothing to be ashamed of.
“I think everyone does it; I’ve done it,” she said.
Mrs Percy said there were many reasons people chose to pass on gifts to others, including already owning an item or items not suiting decor.
But Mrs Percy warned would-be regifters to be gracious for what they have received, despite intending on passing the gift on.
“Your thanks should be given at the time that gift was given in good faith and the thanks you give should be genuine,” she said. “It is good manners to write a thank-you note, even if you plan on giving the gift to someone else.”
Mrs Percy said participating in regifting meant taking people’s feelings into consideration and not offending the original gift-giver.
“Be cautious, make sure the original giver does not see where the gift goes and don’t share them in the same circle of friends,” she said.
Mrs Percy encouraged new boxes and wrapping to polish presents up to standard.
“And always remember to write a nice genuine Christmas card,” she said.
Regifting is totally fine this Christmas.