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Regifting: When is it okay?

Regifting: When is it okay?

January 30, 2019 1 Comments

Regifting:  When is it okay?

Q: I received a coffeemaker two years ago as a housewarming gift, but I don’t drink coffee and have never used it.  Would it be

tacky to give it to friends for their anniversary?  I hate to see it go to waste.

A: No, it would not be tacky if you think your friends would like it and if the coffeemaker is still brand-new in its original box with the instructions.  Because discretion is key, be sure to rewrap the gift and remove the

gift card that accompanied it.  It’s imperative that you consider the feelings of both sets of friends.  Do they know each other?  If, for instance, there’s any chance that the friend who gave you the gift would realize that you’ve passed it along, don’t do it.  I must add that it is always inappropriate to pass along a one-of-a-kind present, especially if it was made just for you; for example, the carefully hand-knitted sweater you’ve received from Aunt Sue should remain in your drawer-regardless of whether you ever choose to wear it.

January 31, 2019

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    January 30, 2019

    I’d keep the coffee maker. Just because you don’t drink coffee — don’t you think you will have dinner guests sometime who would enjoy coffee with dessert?