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Rules of Regifting
Helpful Tips To Disguise Your Frugality
Chances are you’ve either “regifted” a present that was given to you, or you’ve received a gift that was originally received as a present by the bestower. In any case, there’s a right way and a wrong way to go about redispersing the wealth. Here are a few helpful tips:
• Check for personal monograms or initials on items
• Leave no notes or cards behind
• Know your recipient. If he/she has an allergy to perfumes, nuts, gluten, a specific fabric, or a type of metal, make sure the regift is free of those elements.
• Know your recipient’s size. If you regift apparel, you may risk insulting someone by gaging their size inaccurately
• Know your recipients interests and tastes. If you’re re-gifting a vegan cookbook to a meat lover or a pair of philharmonic tickets to a die-hard Bills fan, expect to receive a lousy regift from your jaded recipient next year.
The Safest Gifts to Regift:
• Wine and spirits
• Jewelry—check to make sure no initials or sentimental messages have been engraved before giving.
• Gift cards—check to ensure your name is not on the gift card holder.
• Candles, socks, chocolates, scarves, olive oil and balsamic vinegar sets, DVDs, generic art reproductions or prints.
• Cookbooks, literature, concert and sporting event tickets
How to Regift:
• Box in fresh tissue paper
• Choose appropriate wrapping paper for the recipient
• Include a personalized note or card
• Include original gift receipt unless you feel it will trace back to the original gift giver
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