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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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