REGIFTING is something we all do and it is completely socially acceptable.
Etiquette expert Louise Percy, of the Perth-based Percy Institute said the act of regifting was widely accepted by the community.
“I think every one does it, I’ve done it,” she said.
Mrs Percy said there were many reasons people chose to pass on gifts to others, including already owning an item or items not suiting décor.
However, Mrs Percy warned would-be regifters to be gracious for what they have received.
“Your thanks should be given at the time, that gift was given in good faith and the thanks you give should be genuine,” she said.
“It is good manners to write a thank you note, even if you plan on giving the gift to someone else.”
Mrs Percy said participating in regifting meant taking people’s feelings in to consideration and not offending the original gift-giver.
“Be cautious, make sure the original giver does not see where the gift goes and don’t share them in the same circle of friends,” she said.
Mrs Percy encouraged new boxes and wrapping to polish presents up to standard. “And always remember to write a nice genuine Christmas card,” she said.
Do’s and Don’ts of regifting
Do repackage the gift to look brand-new for the recipient.
Don’t give the gift to someone in the same friendship circle.
Do thank the original gift-giver for their thoughtfulness.
Don’t forget to take the card out of the box before you pass on the gift.
Do be gracious to those who give you gifts.