Take pre­cau­tions when re-gift­ing

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It may be bet­ter to give than to re­ceive, but that doesn’t mean it’s eas­ier. Gift­ing — and, if we’re all honest, re-gift­ing — can get com­pli­cated when you take into ac­count the relationship and what the gift means.

DO: Shop for the re­cip­i­ent and not just the item

If you of­ten get car­ried away with shop­ping lists, slow down ad ask your­self if the gift is some­thing the re­cip­i­ent would choose for them­selves or if it’s some­thing they need or could use to ful­fil a need.

DO: If you must re-gift, re-gift in a dif­fer­ent so­cial cir­cle

If you end up with a gift that you’re not so keen about, it’s OK to re-gift, but en­sure that you do so in a dif­fer­ent set­ting.

“Think your aunt Marie won’t no­tice that your sis­ter is re­ceiv­ing the ex­act same slip­pers that she gave you for your birth­day at your fam­ily’s Christ­mas gath­er­ing? Think again,” said Sch­weitzer.

DO: Con­sider do­nat­ing the gift

If you want to get rid of a gift but can’t fig­ure out how to re-gift it, con­sid­er­ing do­nat­ing the gift to a lo­cal char­ity, said Sch­weitzer. So long as the item is in good con­di­tion and un­used, many char­i­ties will hap­pily ac­cept your gift around the hol­i­days.

DON’T: Re-gift opened or used gifts

If the item isn’t in its orig­i­nal pack­ag­ing and taped as it was when first pur­chased, bet­ter not re-gift it. If you’re adamant on not keep­ing the item, do­nate it.

DON’T: For­get the la­bels

If an item is slated to be re-gifted, be sure to check the item for la­bels, gift tags and any other notes that could be at­tached. There’s noth­ing more em­bar­rass­ing than hav­ing an­other re­cip­i­ent un­wrap the gift, only to re­al­ize they were the re-gif­tee.

Sharon Sch­weitzer

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