The Courier-Mail

THE ART OF RE-GIFTING

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WITH so much giving, from birthdays and anniversar­ies to Christmas and weddings, it’s inevitable there will be people receiving gifts they have no interest in keeping, or might already have. Yes, it can seem a bit callous but making the most of someone else’s generosity should also mean you have a use for the gift and actually like it . . . it’s all about maximising that generosity. That’s our argument anyway. Returning gifts to the store where they were bought is always easier with a receipt so, if you can, try and get the receipt from the person who gave it to you. But you don’t want to offend by saying you don’t like the gift and want to get something else. If it’s clothing maybe say you need to swap for a different size; a book or dvd – say you already have it but want to exchange it. If you can’t get the receipt, still go into the store and give it a go. Lots of stores might not give a refund without a receipt but will give a store credit or exchange, particular­ly if they can scan the bar code and determine the item came from them. If you can’t get it back to the store, wait until you get the opportunit­y to re-gift it. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with re-gifting but remember a few rules:

Make sure the present is in its original packaging and doesn’t look like it’s been opened (or used).

Always remember who gave you what.

Don’t re-gift randomly – think about what you’re giving to whom, and whether it is appropriat­e.

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