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Gift Etiquette in the 21st Century

If you are interested in giving a gift, you likely do want to give the gift in an appropriate manner. Therefore, you will want to have at least some grasp of gift giving etiquette. Through our brief article, we will present to you some basic information on gift etiquette that will be very helpful to you.

  1. The first thing that you need to remember when it comes go gift etiquette is that there are no hard and fast rules. Rather, these are guidelines that are recommended to make gift giving (and gift receiving) all the more comfortable and enjoyable.
  2. In the end, the fundamental principle of gift etiquette is common sense. The gift needs to be suitable to the occasion and to the intended recipient.
  3. A gift should be courteous. The ultimate aim of a gift should be to make a person feel better and more rewarded through the gift itself.
  4. Gift giving itself is based to a large degree on customs that have been created over time. In most instances, you are wise to follow these customs. However, customs (while respected) should also be flexible enough to allow for creativity and for the ability to give a unique gift.
  5. Your gift can send a message -- just make certain that it is the right one. For example, if you want to say ďthank youĒ -- make sure that the gift that you select is appropriate to the task. In this regard, if you want to thank your wife for doing something special for you, you should not purchase a gift life a home appliance that is indicative of work rather than thanks.
  6. An occasional gift should be given in a timely manner. For example, you simply should not give a holiday gift once the season is passed and gone. By doing so, you tend to emphasize the fact that you failed to get a gift for a person in a timely manner. In the end, giving a seasonal or occasional gift out of time can send the message that you donít care enough to send the very best.
  7. Donít re-gift. Many a television situation comedy has spotlighted the cast of characters getting a gift and then turning around and giving that gift Ö as a gift to someone else. This is a terrible practice and can end up hurting feelings all around. The person that gave you the gift in the first instance will be insulted. And the person that receives the gifted gift from you will be insulted because you did not bother to take the time to find that person a unique gift of his or her own. There are ways to deal with an unwanted gift (if there really ever should be such a bird). But, giving it away as a gift to someone else just isnít that course to take.



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