Gift-Giving Etiquette For Any Occasion

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If my calculations are correct, there’s only about 70 days to go before Christmas.  You can feel that the most wonderful time of the year is upon us, as people troop to the malls, carefully scouring the shops for the perfect gifts to give their loved ones.   Gift-giving is a time-honored tradition which we take seriously.  In the midst of all the fun and revelry of the season, let’s keep in mind the following etiquette when it comes to giving gifts- for whatever occasion:

Gift receipts.  No matter how much you love your boyfriend, sometimes you still can’t quite figure out his exact shirt size.  If you ask for a gift receipt from the shop where you got his shirt, he can exchange it for a bigger- or smaller- size in case the one you gave him doesn’t fit.  Just throw in the gift receipt with the gift.  It’s a small gesture which shows thoughtfulness.

Giving gifts to the boss.  Whether she’s Cruella Deville in the flesh, or a Mother Teresa reincarnate, you may feel compelled to spread cheer and give your boss a present.  If your company has guidelines strictly prohibiting you from giving gifts to your superiors, then you should by all means abide by that.  Otherwise, you could pool resources from your co-workers and get your boss a “collective” gift, so to speak.  With all that money, you can get him a really nice gift without burning a hole in your wallet.  This will likewise seem less self-serving.

Asking for cash.  This is something as precarious as walking on egg shells.  You should tread ever so carefully if and when you plan to ask for cash as a present.  Although seemingly inappropriate, you can work around asking for cash by making it sound purposeful.  For example, you can ask family and relatives to only give you cash, as you’re saving money to renovate your house.  And then, when you finally get that done, you can send them a photo with you standing next to your new house.  That’ll give everyone a sense of fulfillment and joy, knowing that they played a major role in the realization of your dream.

Gifts “in absentia”.  If you weren’t able to attend a wedding or birthday party which you were invited to, it’s always a nice gesture to send a gift.  It shows how dear that person is to you, even if you weren’t at the occasion.  Get your friend a fancy gift shipped in one of those Kite packaging gift boxes  to make her feel extra special.

At the end of the day, gift giving is all about the person receiving the gift.  Put a lot of thought into it, and you’ll be making his or her day much brighter.

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  1. I can feel and breathe Christmas already. I should seriously plan my gift giving this year so not to go beyond my budget and still make all my love ones happy. :)

  2. Great tips!! I am bookmarking for reference!! :)

  3. sigrid @ lovinglymama says

    This got me thinking Pep. We are going to have a small party for Din’s bday next year because we don’t want her getting used to a party with a lot of people. And I wanted to ask for Barbie items or maybe cash, if they don’t know how to choose because we have so much stuff already and we have no more room for them.

    I guess I will just have to do it. And to ask nicely. hehe

  4. Renz of Pinay Mommy Adreamer says

    Hi Pepper,

    Great tips! I especially like the part about giving gift to ze boss by pooling money from co-workers.

  5. most wonderful tips! especially the gift for the boss. hard times are here it is best to pool resources that way, when the boss ‘gifts back’, everybody will receive a present – one way or another.

  6. This reminds me that Christmas is fast approaching and gift giving season as well. I’d go with gifts that are simple but require much effort like personalized stuff.

  7. I have already drafted my Christmas gift list last month. I think starting early is a surefire way to alleviate stress. Nonetheless, thank you for these wonderful tips! :)

  8. I haven’t thought about gifts for this season, but it’s nice to give something to your boss. Regarding the cash giving, I don’t really think it’s appropriate so I’d rather skip asking for cash.

  9. Adding purpose to your cash requests, I love it and will pass that info on to my son who always just wants the cash but knows better than to ask for it, lol. :) It does make good sense, Pepper. :)

  10. OMG only 70 days till Christmas?! Boy how time flies! :P

    I always ask for gift receipts whenever I buy clothes as gifts for my nephews and nieces, cause they grow up so fast and that way, they’ll be able to exchange it for the right size. :)

    I best start saving so I can afford to give decent gifts this year. :P

  11. Oh, I don’t usually give a gift to someone when I wasn’t able to attend what I was invited for. I’ll keep this gift-giving etiquette in mind the next time I get invited to parties or special celebrations. Thanks for sharing!

  12. I am thinking of giving my boss a gift and I think I won’t be having problem with that because his also my godfather during our wedding so my gift won’t be related to work.

  13. One of the weddings I attended ask for cash as gift from their guest instead of the usually home items that they bought.

  14. Gold Coast Removals says

    When it comes to giving gifts l am quite predictable…. I usually buy a bottle or two of something top shelf or close to it. I ain’t one for going to a store and picking out homewares and things. I must also ad that l think cash is a good gift to give when ever your in doubt of what to get, simply because cash allows the person receiving the gift the option of buying what they like or possibly even paying an over due bill. In these tough financial times l really think cash is king when it comes to gifts….. even though l usually prefer to buy something to drink myself

  15. I give cash as gift especially for weddings and other important occasion because I know that they really need it more than anything to lessen their expenses.

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