Take precautions when re-gifting
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.