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Back when "Flying Was Fun" Alexandra Smythe and Cate Clarke were Flight Attendants with a Major International Carrier. Prior to Private Jets coming into vogue, Alexandra and Cate traveled in the First Class World, meeting and greeting the top celebrities, politicians who would become Presidents, nouveau riche, and yes the occasional Headline Grabbing Criminal in Handcuffs!

What the two ladies viewed and experienced became fodder for the School of Flaunt, so much money, such bad taste and oh those terrible manners. Something had to be done! Hence, The School of Flaunt Handbook was born. Read More

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Published: Monday, December 23, 2013





From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Re-gifting or regiving is the act of taking a gift that has been received and giving it to somebody else, sometimes in the guise of a new gift.

This was first made popular with the NBC Seinfeld episode, The Label Maker. Re-gifting has endured during the recession as givers rationalize that it is "recycling" in times of economical hardship. Etiquette would disagree. Some believe that it is just for lack of a better word "Tacky." And the recession is over people the Dow is over 16,000 points now!

But we digress, think of these pitfalls: you are so clever and will re-gift Aunt Mable's vase. Well, Aunt Mable's daughter happens to be at the same Yankee Swap party. Ooops, the daughter actually gave it to her Mother, probably as a regift too, because she didn't like it either. Hopefully the daughter has a good sense of humor and now that ugly vase will become the regifting prank for everyone to pawn off on someone else at the seasonal Yankee Swap.

But let's say, you were at another party and now saw a gift that you had given someone being re-gifted. You had shopped for weeks just to find what you thought was a lovely gift. Possibly even gone over your budget too. And then what comes out of that box, that special gift you had purchased while in London? How would you feel? Probably badly! Note: If it was a plate with a picture of Kate and baby George we understand why it was regifted! Puhleese Devotees of Flaunt we certainly never want to hear that you would do something like this. Not that we don't love Kate and baby George.

Just because you never have used something, wrapped it beautifully with gorgeous wire ribbon, and think that the original giver will never find out that you are regifting their gift, we are here to tell you don't do it. And can we just throw ourselves off the Empire State building if we ever see that you have a yard sale and put that item out there. We cringe at the thought of your friend pulling up just to say Hello and seeing their gift in your pile of "ONLY 25 cents."

But here is a little hint: if you live in California you can always use this. "OMG, I had a number of things broken in that earthquake." Then leave it at that! Of course there is always this excuse too, "the dog just destroyed it." You get the picture now.

We at the School of Flaunt have all seen re-gifting. It never works quite well, although Cate was thrilled with a re-gift of an expensive handbag that her giver didn't like. The important point to note here was the gifter was upfront about the regift.

So maybe that's it. Be honest. Ask if your recipient would like the regift that you cannot use, or do not need? Most will be thrilled. But NOT with a Label Maker. That's been done.

Our School of Flaunt mantra, "When a gift is in order, no re-gifts. Purchase something. Include the gift receipt. That will eliminate the need to re-gift and stop the spiral into Etiquette Hell!"

Merry Christmas Everyone!!

Cate & Alexandra

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