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Tis the season for regifting

Published on Tuesday, December 23, 2014

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Tis the season for regifting
It just wouldn't be Christmas if not for resifting.

Jacqueline Whitmore, an internationally recognized etiquette expert, author and founder of The Protocol School of Palm Beach, said regifting is perfectly acceptable, but the most important thing is to keep organized, as giving an obvious regift to someone can be humiliating.

Her tips to follow to avoid any regifting repercussions:

• Keep a stockpile of gifts you've received throughout the year that you don’t want or haven’t used. You'll be able to pull from the pile when you find the perfect recipient or when someone surprises you with a gift. Keep items in plastic bags to avoid dust and fading from sun exposure.

• The item you plan to pass along should be in good condition. Ideally you'll want to give the gift in the original box with the seal intact. If you plan to give a perishable item, check the expiration date to make sure it is still fresh.

• Be sure the person will enjoy and appreciate the gift. Promotional items or free swag bags from someone else’s company should not be regifted to anyone unless you plan to participate in a gag gift exchange.

• Before you regift, remove the original card that may be tucked inside the gift.

• The gift should look brand new. Use fresh wrapping paper and include a personalized card. There’s no need to announce the item is a regift to the recipient.

• Make sure the person receiving the gift doesn’t know the person who originally gave you the gift. To prevent a mistake, jot down when you received it and who gave it to you.

• Ensure the receiver of your present will enjoy the gift. If you have a pile of unwanted fruitcakes and tacky holiday sweaters, it’s probably time to dump them or donate them to your favorite charity.

• Don't feel guilty. If you've followed all the guidelines above, you'll avoid wasting a gift while giving the recipient a present they'll love. When done correctly, there’s no shame

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