We enjoyed giving lunch to a couple of friends last week who brought an attractively wrapped parcel of chocs with them. I thought the glossy paper wrapping and ribbon bow was rather over the top.
After the meal I unwrapped it to offer the contents around and finish off the meal in style with our coffee. A tight cellophane sleeve enveloped the chocolates in their plastic box and as I cut it, twenty-five pounds fluttered out. It had been cleverly concealed. I was truly astonished, but my surprise was nothing compared with our guests'.
Hurriedly they explained that they had been given a number of gifts as they were leaving their church and they thought they would share this one with us. The bonus gift made sense. Pocketing the money they were clearly racking their brains about who the original donor might be.
We laughed as we enjoyed the chocolates (apart, that is, from poor allergy-affected Carol). Regifting is a great idea but this was a novel hazard.