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iVillage: Breaking Off Your Engagement: The Rules

Return (Most of) the Gifts

“Any gift that hasn’t been used should be returned,” says Post. “This is why engagement gifts are typically opened -- they’re meant for the couple to use while they’re engaged -- but wedding gifts are not. While you don’t anticipate a broken engagement, this is a good reason to hold off on using your wedding gifts until after you’re married.” And if you did bust open that Kitchen Aid mixer from Aunt Gertrude prematurely, Post says it’s not necessary to send it back (or money to cover it). You might consider giving it to charity, as Kim Kardashian did. If you opt to keep the mixer, at least send Aunt Gertrude a note, explaining the circumstances, says Post. “We’re a society that likes everything to come out nice and even and square, but this is a messy situation, and things like this don’t always come out evenly in the wash. There will be some gifts that won’t be able to be returned. Everybody just needs to understand that you’re doing your best.”

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