Gift giving is a big part of anyone’s social life. Good gift-giving etiquette should be understood to help navigate these moments. For example, if someone gives you a gift it is not expected that you will give on back. However, a thank you note is appropriate. When giving a gift, it’s not so much about what the gift is exactly. It is more important to put thought and effort into it. Everyone enjoys a surprise so it’s always good to give a gift.

Key Takeaways:

  • If you forget someone’s birthday, you should still give that person a gift with a note where you apologize for the delay.
  • If a close friend hosts a holiday party, it is appropriate to bring some wine or some treats.
  • If you cannot attend a bridal shower for a close friend or relative, you should still send a gift.

“A gift should never be given with the intent of getting one back, and you shouldn’t feel like reciprocation has to be matched dollar for dollar.”

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