NEW YORK (MainStreet) — It doesn't take an etiquette expert to know that re-gifting fruitcake won't get you invited back to next year's party, but if you're desperate for a gift, some of these might be tempting. Here's a look at six common items people re-gift that may rub recipients the wrong way.
1. Expensive items
Even if you want to look generous and re-gift those very expensive snow skis you got last year, avoid the temptation, says Michelle Madhok, shopping expert and founder of SheFinds.com.
"The person you give them to may say, 'Thank you so much, but these don't fit me. Can I have the gift receipt?' If you don't have it, how is that going to look?" Madhok says. "It could potentially create a lot of awkwardness."
Overall, people are more likely to try and return expensive unwanted gifts because the refund or store credit will be more substantial. If they try to return the item only to find out it's last season's merchandise, your generosity will quickly be seen as cheapness.
If you get a pricy gift you just can't use, Madhok advises going directly to the person who gave it to you and letting them know rather than passing the item along.
2. Homemade goods
Making something for friends and loved ones can be a wonderful tradition that's truly appreciated, but re-gifting other people's homemade goods is a recipe for disaster, says Maralee McKee, The Manners Mentor.
"It's potentially dangerous," McKee says. "You don't know what ingredients they used, how clean their kitchen was, or how long ago they made it. How careful were they? Did they wash the pans before they made the cookies?"