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The New Rules of Giving Gifts
<p>The good news is that yes! Recycling gifts is perfectly okay</p>
| Dec 7, 2009
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As you may already know, gift-giving is a tricky business. Is it okay to recycle gifts? When does being thoughtful become being creepy? Heard of gift receipts? Here, FHM.com.ph tries to clarify the matter, beginning with the most popular concern: Recycling gifts. [firstpara]

RULE 1: IT’S OKAY TO RECYCLE GIFTS
The question is, who hasn’t recycled gifts? Because we’ve all received gifts we couldn’t use, did not fit, or just plain did not appreciate. Recycling gifts is no longer as much of a taboo as it once was.

It’s actually okay as long as you’re not just passing on junk to another. If the item in question is no longer in good condition, forget about it.

Before rewrapping, check the goods, check the box, and remove the original tag that could still be in the gift. Also, make sure that the recipient does not know the person who originally gave you the present—you don’t want rumors about your gift-giving habits spreading behind your back.

RULE 2: IT’S NOT ALWAYS THE THOUGHT THAT COUNTS
Something related to recycling gifts: If you’re only giving gifts for the sake of giving, because it’s expected, or because everyone is doing it—para lang may maiabot, you reason out—you’re completely off-track. The moment you think of gift-giving as a necessity, it turns into a chore.

The whole process of giving is optional, but your feeling will always show with the kind of gift you give. At the heart of it all is your desire to give and to share and to pass on that holiday cheer.

So enjoy the process: the shopping, the wrapping, the giving, seeing the recipient’s expression when he’s opened your gift, yadda yadda yadda. If that doesn't sound like your cup of tea, have your girlfriend do the shopping for you; she loves shopping, doesn't she?

So when you’re giving, be it a recycled gift or no, make sure that the recipient will appreciate your gift. Otherwise, give a card or better yet, buy a round of beer.

RULE 3: IT’S OKAY TO TAKE IT BACK TO THE STORE…
…As long as you’ve included a gift receipt. It is common for stores to offer gift receipts—little pieces of paper (like an RSVP card in a wedding invite) that will allow the bearer to take it back to the store and have the item in question exchanged or something else. This is especially useful when giving clothes and you are unsure of the recipient’s size.

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WORDS BY: PATRICIA R. PAREDES

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