But there’s a right way to regift something and a wrong way to regift something. Read through our dos and don’ts to make sure you’re not caught out in a social faux pas.
1. Don’t regift expensive presents
First things first, don’t make it obvious. For example, If you’re regifting a pricey watch to someone you just met, the new receiver is probably going to get suspicious and start asking questions.
Plus, regifting something pricey puts an extra level of pressure on the receiver that you don’t want. So make sure that when it comes to expensive gifts, you do the right thing up front. Admit to the original gifter that you don’t like it and exchange it for something you do like!
2. Don’t regift stuff you’re not 100% sure they’ll like
Speaking of exchanges, it’s going to be really awkward if the new receiver asks to exchange your gift (for sizing, fit or colour reasons, for example) and you have to awkwardly pretend that you “lost” the original receipt.
Clothing, jewellery and shoes are all items that run the risk of not being quite right and needing to be exchanged. Remember, everyone has different tastes, so make sure you steer clear of anything that the new receiver might want to take back.
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3. Don’t regift presents with meaning
This one should go without saying. If someone’s made a gift by hand, just for you, specifically crafted to your specific tastes or needs, it’s probably not appropriate to regift it to someone else.
Because the original gifter worked so hard on either making the item or picking it out especially for you, it should stay with you even if you don’t like it or particularly need it.
4. Don’t regift within the same circles
This is the biggest ‘don’t’ when it comes to regifting. Think of it as the golden rule: make sure that you’re not creating a situation where you’ll be obviously caught out.
What if your girlfriend gave you a top that she later spots on another friend of yours when you go out together? You’re in for the high jump then. If you must regift, make sure that the original gifter and the new receiver aren’t about to run into each other and compare notes.