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9 Delicate Rules of Regifting for the Holidays (PHOTOS)

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With the holidays starting to breathe moistly down the back of our necks, bringing mounds of anxiety and bills appear joyfully on the horizon, let me ask a sensitive question: have you ever regifted a present someone’s given to you? Dude, you totally have. We ALL have. There’s nothing wrong with it. In fact, considering how expensive, time-consuming, and unsustainable holiday shopping can be, it’s the frugal alternative to whipping out your credit card for the millionth time this December. Regifting: Do it for your wallet, do it for your sanity, do it for the environment! But don’t do it at all without following these nine cardinal rules of regifting ... lest you experience tidings of humiliation and regret.

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1Make sure you REALLY don’t want it

Are you absolutely certain you can’t use that horrific hand-knitted monstrosity for an ugly Christmas sweater party? Juuuuuuust sayin’.

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2Wait an appropriate amount of time

Like maybe a year. You know, just to shake off any lingering guilt over the fact that Aunt Martha JUST gave it to you.

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3Remove the gift tag

OBVIOUSLY, right? But this is a very very important must-do. Really look that box or bag over if you’re regifting the whole thing unwrapped, because otherwise: SHAME.

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4Make sure there are no hidden messages

On a similar note (ha! See what I did there?), examine the gift carefully to be sure no one tucked away a little personalized message for you. Because you’re going to feel like a massive jerk if the new recipient finds it.

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5If it’s monogrammed, you’re basically out of luck

Unless your recipient happens to have your exact initials, that is.

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6Ensure the original gift-giver won’t find out

If you accidentally regift your unwanted present right back to the person who gave it to you, I’m sorry. The only option is to immediately drive off the nearest cliff, Thelma and Louise-style.

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7Don’t regift if the gift-giver is very very important to you

Even if Grandma never ever finds out, you’ll know. IN YOUR HEART. Where the SHAME LIVES.

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8Never regift a perishable item unless you do it within an appropriate amount of time

That box of citrus fruit won’t last forever, you know.

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