Is Regifting Rude?

 Regifters shouldn't be shunned -- as long as they follow the rules.

Richie Frieman,
December 19, 2011
Episode #182

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Absolutely not! 

In fact, this is a great example of proper regifting. Now, if you opened the box, ate a couple of candies, and then tried to pass it off as new, that would be extremely rude…and really bizarre. 

However, you have to remember that when you regift something, it doesn’t cost you anything. So I like to go the extra mile and add a little something extra to make it an even better present, like a really nice card, or even another small box of a complementing candy.

Correct Regifting Etiquette

When it comes to regifting, put yourself in the place of the person to whom you are giving the present. The success or failure of your gift will be judged by the “eyebrow test.” 

The eyebrow test is the height to which the receiver will raise their eyebrows when they open up your three-pack of wine glasses, with only 2 left in there. Clearly, this is not how the package was originally sold and such obvious regifting is highly unmannerly. But let’s say you are given a set of gorgeous glasses, but you don’t necessarily need all of them. To properly regift the glasses, remove them from the box and individually wrap them into two separate gifts. That way, you pass the eyebrow test with flying colors. 

This is a great example of how regifting both can help you out and give someone else a present they will truly enjoy. It’s all in the presentation, people! 

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