What to do with that generic gift basket of bath soap or that unpleasant-smelling candle? Here's Bethenny's take on re-gifting. You might be surprised...
Q: With the holiday season fast approaching, do you think it is okay to re-gift?
A: For certain things, I would say yes. But if you receive something like a hideous sweater that you hate, don't pass it along to get rid of it.
If you have received several bottles of wine, there is no need to buy a new one for a gift, but I would personalize it for the recipient. Combine the wine with his or her favorite treats like chocolates, cookies, and a basket to make the gift more special. Add a personal note and it will be perfect, and you don't have to feel guilty about re-gifting.
If you're only gifting because you feel obligated, then I'd advise you not to; you don't need to run up your credit cards even more. A gracious "thank you" should do. If she's really your pal, she'll understand.