Gifts that keep on giv­ing

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Front Page -

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.

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