Follow these tips for a seamless re-gift this Christmas. And check out our latest digital subscription offer - that's something you won't want to re-gift.
Follow these tips for a seamless re-gift this Christmas. And check out our latest digital subscription offer - that's something you won't want to re-gift. nicoletaionescu

Six tips for doing a seamless re-gift this Christmas

YOU'D have to be a suck-up or a liar if you said you loved every gift you've ever received.

Now that's not being ungrateful, it's just being honest that people don't always get it right when it comes to selecting something you might like.

Yes, it's the thought that counts, but here's another thought: If you don't plan to wear that perfume that smells like cat wee to you; or you don't plan to use that fry pan because you already have a collection of 12; then why not re-gift?

Is it ever okay to give someone else a gift given to you?

If you're in the "yes" camp, here are some pointers on how to make it a seamless re-gift:

  1. Never re-gift anything handmade. This is literally one-of-a-kind and no excuse of "Oh it's not the same one you gave me" will ever work.
  2. Don't re-gift to anyone who may have the person who gave you the gift for dinner in the future. Keep it to those outside that particular circle of friends.
  3. Drench the gift in some flashy wrapping paper and a pricey card to make up for the uninteresting present inside. Maybe slap together some heartfelt words so the new recipient remembers the nice card instead of the actual present.
  4. Beware of the re-gift that keeps on re-gifting. Who knows, you may well be the third person to receive the gift yourself and someone might end up re-gifting it back to the person who initially gave it to the first person. Best not to be the first guy in this domino chain.
  5. Re-wrap the gift. Sounds obvious, but sticking some extra sticky tape on the sides of an already-unwrapped present is always noticeable.
  6. Ensure the gift makes sense. Re-gifting a crock pot to your eight-year-old nephew is probably going to reek of re-gift. Have a think about who actually might like your gift and go for them.

And here's something you won't want to re-gift! This Christmas, we're offering a crazy deal with our 12-month unlimited digital news subscription including a free weekend paper delivered, unlimited access to the Courier Mail+ (or Daily Telegraph+ for NSW), the Washington Post and - get this - a FREE Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7" tablet! So go on, treat yourself this festive season. Head HERE or phone 1300 361 604 for more.



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