*Be sure you don’t give it to the person who gave it to you – or anyone in your common circle of friends.
* be sure the person would appreciate the gift … it would be something you would buy for them anyway knowing their preferences
* be sure the item is brand new, unbroken, and fresh if it is food
* be sure you remove any old gift tags from the gift … don’t give away a book that has a written dedication to you on the front flap
If you have second thoughts about giving something as “new” … then just give it to the person unwrapped and say you can’t use it but thought they might be able to. If they don’t want it, you can always donate it to Goodwill.