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By Dana Massing Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posted: December 29th, 2012
Tips for regifting

Let’s just admit it — sometimes we get a gift we simply don’t like. It’s not that we don’t appreciate the thought behind the present, but maybe it’s not our style or size or not something we’d ever wear or use.

But maybe we know someone who would. In that case, why not regift? It can save you money, put a perfectly good present to use and make another recipient happy.

Here are a few tips for regifting:

Be sure the item is new, working and not personalized. You don’t want the recipient asking you for a receipt you don’t have when they need to exchange a broken item or asking you why you gave them something with your name engraved on it.

Try to really match the gift to the recipient. For example, I don’t drink hot tea but I have friends and family who do. So if someone gave me a package of tea and a mug to drink it from, I’d have no problem passing it along to someone else who would use it. But don’t take an item that you find to be absolutely hideous and dump it off on someone who will find it equally horrendous.

If someone gives you something that you plan to give to someone else, attach a note that you can remove later that tells you who the original giver was. This will help you avoid the always embarrassing situation of giving a gift to the person who gave it to you.

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