Title: Is re-gifting ethical? Word Count: 450 Summary: A lot of debate is going on about r e-gifting and whether or not it is ethical in nature. People have diff erent views: some think that it de pends on conditions; some are of th e view that re-gifting is economica l; and some are strictly against re -gifting. The debate continues. Keywords: regifting ethical, gifts, gift plac e, expensive gifts, gift ideas, wed ding gifts, gift basket, birthday g ifts Article Body: By Jeff Kennedy Most of the people among us either receive or give at least one re-gif t in our lifetime;. The question b efore us is whether the re-gifting should be avoided or should be carr ied out as usual. Many times the original giver of th e gift may feel badly once you re-g ift the item to someone else. In th e situation where the sentiments of the original giver are attached, y ou should re-think before re-giving the gift. You should consider the feelings of not only the person wh o gave you the gift, but your feeli ngs as well. It’s possible you may feel badly after you re-gift an it em given to you by a close member o f the family or friend. You may fee l awkward in these situations where the sentiments of family members a re attached and you should give re- gifting serious thought or avoid it altogether. Some precaution when re-gifting: If you do decide to re-gift some of the duplicate gifts you received d uring a function or a gift that you know you’ll never use, you should keep in mind several important poin ts: • It is imperative that you avoid re-gifting the same item to the pe rson who has given you the gift. • Never re-gift a gift to someone who knows the person who originall y gave you the gift. • Ask yourself if the person who gave you the gift will ever have oc casion to visit the home of the per son to whom you are giving the gift . If there’s any possibility whats oever, don’t do it. • Remove the original wrapping an d make sure there are no cards atta ched to or tucked inside the gift f rom the original giver. Be sure it is in good condition and carefully remove all traces and hints that t he item was already gifted. Then w rap the gift with new paper. • Never re-gift an item that has obviously been used before. • Some gifts may be out-of-date a nd thus should not be re-gifted. • Do not disclose to the recipien t that you are re-gifting. • Ensure the suitability of the i tem for use by the person to whom y ou are giving it. Don’t just give them any gift because you don’t nee d it or have an extra one. Re-gifting is Economical: On occasion you may find that re-gi fting is essential for you as you h ave two or three identical items fr om different persons. In addition, re-gifting is economical no matter what the item. Instead of the ite m lying in your drawer, unused, it is going to be beneficial for someo ne else. This is, of course, if yo u follow the advice above and make sure the item is suitable to the pe rson to whom you are re-gifting.