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Balancing Act of Holiday Gifting With These 5 Tips

Updated: Dec 25, 2022

Holiday gifting can be a fun and enjoyable way to show appreciation and love to friends and family, but it can also be stressful and cause misunderstandings if not done with proper etiquette. Here are 5 tips to keep in mind when holiday gifting:

Do not gift used items or re-gift items you have received from someone else. It is important to only give new, unopened, and unused items as gifts. This shows that you put thought and effort into selecting a gift specifically for the recipient.

Do not give gifts to someone who openly does not celebrate such traditions without asking first. It is important to respect the beliefs and customs of others, and not assume that everyone celebrates the same holidays or traditions.

Do not feel negatively about a gift, such as the perceived price or by comparison to your gift on return. Remember, it is the thought that counts. You never know a person's financial situation and you shouldn't make them feel embarrassed.

Do feel empowered to sit any holiday out and not participate. If you decide not to participate in buying gifts, that also goes for not receiving gifts. Be sure to make everyone aware well in advance, and graciously decline gifts if you are sitting this year out.

Do put effort into wrapping and presenting the gift. A well-wrapped gift adds to the excitement and surprise of opening it.

By following these tips, you can ensure that your holiday gifting is respectful and thoughtful, and helps to spread joy and appreciation among your friends and family.


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