Have you received a gift from someone that just isn’t your ‘cup of tea’? Are the colours all wrong, or the size isn’t right and it cannot be returned? Perhaps you already had one. So many times people hang on to gifts because they don’t know what to do with them. Perhaps you are too embarrassed to tell the giver or feel it would be wrong to throw it away. Re-gifting is perfectly acceptable and here to stay but it’s important to do it right. Here are 3 etiquette guidelines to doing it guilt-free and avoiding any repercussions.
1. Worthy of re-gifting
Gifts are meant to be special so you will want to ensure that the person receiving will actually like and appreciate it. Not every gift is worthy of re-gifting, so choose carefully and give with the right intentions.
2. Keep Track
Keep track of who the gift was from originally to ensure it doesn’t end back up with the giver! Make sure you are not re-gifting within the same circle of friends or relatives. Keep the gift in a safe place and properly protected until you are ready to part with it. It’s important not to share that this is a re-gift.
Ensure there are no hidden tags or notes anywhere on the item. Re-wrap it in fresh paper and new gift bag with a new, personalized card. Do not re-gift any items that have been opened or used.
Re-gifting is not for everyone. If you have forgotten to label where you received that item from initially, then it is best not to re-gift it. However, when you do, don’t feel guilty. If you use these guidelines, you will avoid any repercussions.
As a Personal Concierge, I am asked frequently by clients to help them de-clutter. It’s often during these times, that this discussion comes up. Is this an issue for you? I welcome your feedback. How do you feel about re-gifting? You can connect with me via email or telephone, leave a comment here on the site, or click the contact tab at the bottom of the screen if you are reading this post on the website.
Until next time,