Dear Readers: If you have some GIFTS that don’t quite fit your lifestyle, your decor or yourself, what’s a good way to handle them? The term “regifting” sometimes evokes snickers, eye-rolling or one big cringe. But regifting can be okay. However, there are some guidelines:

* Give a gift that you received, but can’t use, to someone who really can use it or needs the gift.

* The unwanted gift MUST be new and unused.

* Be careful not to regift an item back to the person who originally gave it to you!

A true story about regifting is the one of a newlywed couple. They received several silver ice buckets and regifted one, without opening it, that was engraved with their names! -- Heloise



P.O. Box 795000

San Antonio, TX 78279-5000

Fax: 1-210-HELOISE



Dear Heloise: I love reading your column in the Roswell (N.M.) Daily Record. I often see hints about donating clothes to thrift stores, which includes ensuring that clothes are clean, with no stains. However, I like to donate my son’s and my old clothes to the local animal-shelter thrift store. Any clothes that cannot be sold are used as bedding for the pets! I urge your readers to contact their local animal-rescue group or pound to see if it also uses old clothing for bedding. -- L.J.L., via email

A fabulous hint! Say “Hi” to my friends in Roswell. I’m going to be there May 17 for the Friends of the Roswell Public Library “Make Reading Fun” event. Hope you will join me. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: When traveling by motor home, I often found myself making several trips lugging all the laundry and supplies to the laundry room in the RV park.

Now, I sort the laundry in the RV and put each load in a large, plastic trash bag. I pour the detergent directly into the bag on top of the laundry. Next, I fill those little fabric-softener balls and put one in each bag. The whole (small) bottle of bleach goes into the bag with the bleachables. -- Cheryl, via e-mail


Dear Heloise: I tape my doctors’ appointment cards in date order onto a mirror in my dressing area. Whenever I think of a question I need to ask my doctors, I write the question on the back of the applicable doctor’s appointment card and take the card with me when I go for my visit. -- Karen P., Lutcher, La.


Dear Heloise: Whenever I’m out and I need something that I don’t carry in my handbag normally (such as a sewing needle, an adhesive strip for a small cut or a black felt-tip marker), I always go to the woman who has the BIGGEST handbag and ask her. It’s pretty safe to say she’s got everything and the kitchen sink in there! -- Julie in Texas

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