Exchanging presents is fun. Sure! But there are some basic etiquettes to keep in mind to avoid any fiascos. Here’s a brief guide on gifting etiquettes to make your gift exchange experience amazing; and hopefully with zero awkward incidences.
It is ok to change your gift recipients: People come and go, and with time some relations change. You do not have to gift someone just because you’ve gifted them in the past. Instead, go and get something nice for the people who are your close friends at present, irrespective of the duration of your friendship.
If people handover a wishlist, stick to it: Maybe you have a very good gift idea for your best friend at work, but if he/she gives you a wishlist, stick to it. They will appreciate it more if they receive something they need, over the surprise present that you have in mind.
Do not try to match the price: It is totally fine if someone got you an expensive present and you did not. You can stick to what you have planned. The fact that you got something as per their liking is going to make them happy. Besides, you do not want to go bankrupt post this gifting season; trying to match up to every single person’s gift budget.
Add a personal note with the gift: Attach a small note, telling them how much they mean to you, and that you’re lucky to have them in your life. At this point, you might want to add, how you think this gift will help them or why you chose this. The fact that you actually put in some thought rather than just getting something random last will make your friends and family happy, and your gift appreciated.
Attach the receipt whenever possible: If you are giving something, that might require to be exchanged ( for example if it’s a dress, where size could be an issue or the color might not be as per their liking), give the receipt with the gift. That way they won’t have to awkwardly approach you and ask for one later.
Always send a thank-you note: And, no later than 2-3 days after receiving the gift. Start with greetings, and add a few lines about how much the gift means to you, or how you plan to use it. If it is a gift card or cash, mention what you plan to do with that. Remember, a small thank you note goes a long way.
Don’t get too personal with the gifts: If you know the person well, It is maybe ok to do so. But, if you aren’t, you might want to choose safe options. For example, if you have an obese friend, who is really close to you, and is trying to lose weight, you can get her a gym membership. On the contrary, if it is just another colleague, you might want to get a pretty neckpiece and not some self-improvement gear.
A late gift is better than no gift: It seldom happens that you forget to send gift to some person, who does send one to you. And then it gets all funny. That’s ok, you can still send them a little something. It is never too late to gift some happiness.
Do not cause embarrassment to the other person: If you know someone is struggling with their finances, do not get them a very expensive present. It might just make them feel embarrassed, that they cannot get you something extravagant in return. Instead, get them something small but useful.
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