What’s the etiquette on regifting? What else can you do with a gift you’ve received that you don’t want, but regift it? I’m allergic to scented candles; I only read cookbooks and listen to classical music; I’m gluten-free and don’t eat sugar; and I don’t drink Three-Buck Chuck wine. Personally, I take great care in my gift giving and am a bit miffed when I’m stuck with a present I don’t want.
- If the seal on that CD, Whitman chocolate sampler box, or jar of Roasted Garlic Onion Jam has been broken, the receiver will know it; and that you were not tempted to keep it for yourself. He may think, "If it wasn't good enough for the giver, maybe I don't want it either."
- Let's include not regifting to relatives who live nearby with whom you socialize with year round.
- It is best not to regift to anyone within your circle of close friends and frequent acquaintances.
- In my opinion, food gifts are not the best gifts to recycle. The exception would be a sealed box of chocolates; now that's an excellent gift to recycle.
- Don't regift a fruit cake if candied fruits are listed in the ingredients.