Mind Your Holiday Manners – Regifting

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I picked this up from Romy Ribitzky over at Portfolio.com and felt it worthy to share with you!

Gift It Forward
Thanks to the downturn in the economy, regifting is more popular than ever. Once a definite don’t, the practice is now up to debate with uppercrust magazines such as Town & Country offering suggestions.

“If you can do it gracefully, there’s nothing wrong with regifting,” says Elisa Camahort Page, co-founder of BlogHer. “Certain industries get a lot of promotional items that they never use and those—like makeup kits, coffee packages, samples—can make for great presents.”

Siva V. Kumar, CEO of TheFind, an online store aggregator based in Mountain View, California, says regifting is appropriate for those who can’t afford to buy presents but still want to find a way to thank people. “As long as the item is still in its original packaging, un-used, and neutral, go ahead and consider it,” he says.

To avoid the biggest faux pas—giving the item to its original gifter—keep note of what you got and from whom.

But don’t succumb to regifting out of pressure to spend money, urges Schultze, who says the practice is never appropriate. “You can always give a card. That shows that you took the time to think about the person who’s getting it, and you don’t have to sacrifice your integrity as a gift-giver,” she says.

Want Not, Gift Not
We’ve all been in a situation where we’ve gotten something that we hate, we already have, and will never use. While temptation to gift it forward can run high, the best way to deal with unwanted gifts is to donate them to charity, Schultze says. That way you can do some good, and make the present more valuable. “Whether you choose a straight donation or you write it off, doing good will always come back to you.”

Since gifts are a matter of taste and style it can seem virtually impossible to always pick out the perfect present. But consider these simple guidelines: Are you buying this item because you like it or because you think it will make someone else happy? Do you need to know someone’s size? If yes, make sure you know it in advance and don’t guess. It can be very embarrassing and awkward to give a too-large or a too-small sweater to someone. If you want to get apparel, think accessory, like a scarf. How would you react if you got this from someone else? If you’d feel the slightest bit uncomfortable, put it back on the shelf and move on.

Read more: http://www.portfolio.com/executive-style/2010/12/16/tips-on-navigating-holiday-gift-giving-etiquette-at-the-office#ixzz18NtqN2pY

Don’t get bogged down by office gifting, choose simple presents that are sure to delight.

The holidays should be an enjoyable time of the year, and yet often when it comes to the workplace, it can be the most stressful time of the year what with growing gift lists and mounting pressure to close out the year.

But since this is also the time to show appreciation, most often with gifts, a few simple rules can take what can be an overwhelming experience and make it a fun one.

Keep It Simple
For both bosses and employees alike, buying gifts for each other ranks among the most stressful elements of the holiday season. The first step to combat the nerve-wracking office holiday gifting season is to recognize that it’s impossible to please everyone, says Peter Handal, chairman, CEO and president of New York City-based Dale Carnegie Training.

Set reasonable goals and just keep it simple, he suggests. Most of us exchange gifts with people we know relatively well as work hours get longer and collaborating on projects becomes more common. If your office is going the Secret Santa route—still a very popular option as it keeps everyone to a spending cap and makes sure everyone’s involved—and you picked someone you don’t know, a few well-placed questions about likes and dislikes, or a couple quick trips to their cubicle can offer clues.

When it comes to the boss, decide early whether everyone’s pitching in or whether everyone’s on their own, suggests Dana Schultze, gift guru with gifts.com. “The benefit of going in on a joint gift is that you can give something nicer, of higher value, without having to spend a lot. And it also ensures that everyone’s spending the same amount,” she says.

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Read more: http://www.portfolio.com/executive-style/2010/12/16/tips-on-navigating-holiday-gift-giving-etiquette-at-the-office#ixzz18NtVx7HQ

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Gift advice from the experts (cnn.com) What do you think of regifting? (timesunion.com)

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