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The Rules of Regifting

Updated: Apr 3, 2023

I love finding the perfect gift for someone, whether it’s a necklace I saw them admiring in a store or a bottle of their favorite wine. No matter how much thought and care we put into buying someone a gift, there’s a chance we are going to miss the mark. If returning the item isn’t an option, and you don’t want to stick it in a closet to collect dust, you might be tempted to give it to someone. While regifting can help you declutter and save cash, there are regifting etiquette rules you should follow.

Get rid of the evidence

If you’ve ever been given a gift with someone else’s name on it, you understand how important this is. Make sure you remove the item from the wrapping paper and make sure there are no tags or notes on the gift to that tag.

Keep a record

If you don’t re-gift the item right away, stick a note on it to remind you who gave it to you. Be sure you don’t re-gift to the person who gave it to you or someone who knows the original giver.

Rewrap the gift

You’ve already saved money by not buying the gift, take care and present it well.

Not everything can be given away

Don’t re-gift anything that’s been personalized, family heirlooms, food items that have been opened, or dated technology.

Be thoughtful

Make certain what you are giving to someone is something they would like to receive. Do all you can to make sure you don’t hurt anyone’s feelings.

If you have an etiquette question, confession, or dilemma, I'd be happy to help.



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