By Ali Eaves
Three rules here.
1) If she dumped you, then hell yes. Toss it, burn it, sell it on Ebay. Revel in sweet catharsis.
2) If you dumped her, box everything up neatly and mail it back to her.
Important: Do not include a poignant note thanking her for a great eight and a half months. And please god resist the urge to drop in your T-shirt she liked to wear the morning after.
3) If the split was mutual, only return something you know she’d miss (favourite sweatshirt, hiking boots).
Mail it with a short, platonic note, so you don’t have to deal with an awkward in-person swap that she’ll think is a ploy to get her back. Keep it simple: “Found these when I was cleaning. Thought you’d want them back. -James”