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Regifting is always a hot topic, and it used to be so taboo to do it. But today, with sustainability at the forefront of many of our minds (and inflation, too) regifting can be a fantastic way to give gifts! However,
there are some things to consider to make sure the regift goes well and doesn't cause hurt feelings.
In general, when we regift, there’s one straightforward and great way to do it: let the person you’re giving to know that the gift was regifted. So when you receive TWO copies of Emily Post’s Etiquette - The Centennial Edition this year, so long as it isn’t personalized, it’s okay to give one of them away. “Julie, I got two of these for my birthday, and I thought you’d be the perfect person to regift this second copy to!”
Now, if want to be a bit more covert with your regifting, here are four things we think are important to consider before you choose to regift under the radar:
The worst regift from a politeness perspective is to hand the recipient a wrapped gift with worn-out wrapping paper and a card that is addressed to someone else - and yes it really has happened!) No matter what, you should always re-wrap your regift and make sure that you write an original card for this gift.
This article first appeared in our Emily Post Etiquette Substack Newsletter as part of a larger article on gift giving. If you've enjoyed this content or are looking for more, please sign up for our newsletter below so it can be delivered straight to your inbox.
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