HUNTSVILLE, AL-- We've all been there, it's Christmas morning and some of our presents don't really suit our tastes. One man's trash is another man's treasure though, right? Not if you consult your etiquette book.
"It's frowned upon to regift, with the rare exception of a couple of items," said etiquette expert and owner of Emma's Tea Room Rebekah Klein.
Those exceptions include duplicate gifts.
"Ideally you would say, 'hey sis, I got two coffee pots, I'd like you to have this', because part of etiquette is not only being nice and making people feel good, it's also honesty," said Klein.
Klein says in order to avoid an awkward holiday, be careful not to regift in the same social circles.
"Make sure the person you regift to is far far away," said Klein.
Klein says gift cards are the only item you can safely and politely regift.
As far as things to never regift, Klein says never regift anything homemade, monogrammed or sentimental.
Klein says if you open something you can't stand, focus on the sentiment and gesture rather than your feelings.
"The last thing you want to do is hurt somebody that has given you a gift," said Klein.
It is okay to wear or use the items only when you see the gift giver.
"Is it really going to hurt you to wear something you may not have chosen yourself? & it will make the other person feel good!," said Klein.