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Gift-Giving Etiquette

There is an art to gift giving, especially when you want to show someone how much you appreciate them. Following some basic etiquette rules can help you make each gift-giving experience special. As the holiday season is rapidly approaching, I have gathered some helpful tips that will make your gift-giving easier and more enjoyable.

Do Your Research

Before selecting gifts, do your homework and find out what would be most meaningful to the recipient. Ask questions to understand their likes and interests or ask someone close to them if you don’t have any ideas. Pay attention to conversations throughout the year. Doing a little research ahead of time will ensure that your gift is thoughtful and appreciated.

Consider Experiences Instead of Things

Gifting experiences are becoming increasingly popular, as they create lasting memories that no material item can ever replace. Plan a trip or purchase tickets to an event they love. If they are into music, purchase tickets to see their favorite artist; if they like theatre, buy tickets to a Broadway show; if they like sports, get tickets for a game; etc.

Gift Cards Are a Great Idea

If you still can’t decide what to give someone, why not give them the power of choice? Gift cards can seem impersonal, so select a card that corresponds with the recipient's interests and include a handwritten note. A gift card can be just as thoughtful as an actual gift, plus it’s an excuse for some retail therapy!

Giving thoughtful presents doesn’t have to be difficult, it should be enjoyable! To ensure your gift is well received and appreciated, try considering the other person's interests first rather than thinking about what YOU would like as a present. Give graciously, without expecting anything in return—and make sure that whatever you give is something special from your heart!


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