I’m an etiquette expert and there's nothing wrong with re-gifting at Christmas but there’s a faux pas everyone makes | The Sun

REGIFTING is on the rise as Britons look to save costs over Christmas – here’s how to avoid an etiquette faux pas this festive season.

The Christmas period can mean pressure to splurge on loved ones to show them how much you appreciate them.


But there are ways to keep prices down, including gifting second-hand or pre-loved items.

Etiquette expert Lucy Challenger has given her top tips to regifting items to family and friends in the coming weeks. 

Speaking in association with Flora, who have learnt that those across the UK are looking for ways to cut back on costs, including 41% looking to cut back on presents, she shared how you can buy pre-loved successfully. 

She told Fabulous: “I absolutely love regifting, I call it pre-loved instead of second hand because something has been loved by someone else and now it's going to someone else. 

“You can dress it up, you can put it in a beautiful bag or box, a lot of people are also using cloth bags now because obviously they're reusable and can be used regularly."

She described regifting as “absolutely fine” but went on to share what people need to be mindful of if they are going to gift secondhand. 

Lucy said: “You can donate it to a charity, if you don't want to keep it yourself, if it's not for you, and that's a really great thing to consider. 

“Give it to a neighbour, give it to someone that would really, really need it.”

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She noted that most gifts also come with gift receipts, which are a great option if you’re not quite sure what the person you’re buying for would like – but know they enjoy a certain brand. 

Lucy continued: “With gift receipts, you can go and exchange [the item] if you're not keen, but you do want something similar, from a similar brand.”

However, she went on to share the most obvious, but common, etiquette faux pas someone can make at Christmas when it comes to regifting.

She explained: “The big, big thing to think about is if you're going to regift, make sure you don't give it to the person who gave it to you! 

“I know that seems like common sense, but trust me, I have been there and seen people do it and it's the biggest etiquette faux pas, giving someone a wonderful gift and they open it and go, ‘I gave this to you three years ago’.

“Just be really careful when you do re-gift, that that doesn't happen. But otherwise, absolutely, please do re-gift and why not share the love? Especially if it's something that you don't particularly want to use," Lucy added.

Elsewhere, she suggested homemade gifts as another solution to show you’ve gone the extra mile while saving the pennies. 

Lucy shared: “As much as you can, make things yourself, it always looks and goes the extra mile. 

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“For example, making your own mince pies can be much more cost effective than buying the ready made ones and then you can sprinkle some sugar over them, use some foliage you’ve picked up from a walk.

"You can then decorate the bowl that they're in and that looks really beautiful.”

Another winner is homemade liquors: “A good friend of mine, every year she gathers berries, like sloe berries (ones that are safe to eat!) and then she makes all her own liquors.

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“She brings them to parties or she has them at her own Christmas lunch and that’s a really lovely way to do it – she's gone out, she's picked the berries, she's put them into the the jars, she's fermented them, she's let them draw, and then everyone enjoys something that's homemade. 

“I think the more you can, think about homemade things, and this comes also back to presents as well, you can make something for someone, that time that you're giving, rather than if you can't afford to buy a present, that handmade gift is really showing that person that you care,” concluded the expert.  

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