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An insider's guide to gifting etiquette

29 Jun 2022

Ensure your gift is pitched perfectly for the recipient with these gifting dos and don'ts

Gifting goes hand-in-hand with weddings, anniversaries, and other such events, and unfortunately, we can all-too-easily get it wrong. There are some unspoken rules when it comes to giving gifts, so here is an insider’s guide to gifting etiquette to help you avoid any awkwardness or embarrassment.

1.Show appreciation to your host

If you’ve been invited to a wedding or any event, you should never show up empty-handed. Showing appreciation to your host couldn’t be more important, and it’s certainly an unwritten etiquette rule that you should offer something as a token of thanks.

2. Don’t forget who the gift is for

Many people make the mistake of choosing gifts for another person based on what they’d like to receive themselves. However, that’s not a great idea. Forcing your own tastes on another person is almost always going to backfire, and it only goes to show that you neither know the recipient well, nor have any interest in getting to know their tastes better. To avoid that unpleasant situation from arising, it’s vital to think hard about the recipient before you make your purchase and to select something that suits their preferences and that they will truly appreciate.

3. Make it meaningful

No matter the occasion, when you’re choosing a gift for any recipient, you should always focus on making it a meaningful one. This is especially important if you’re selecting a present for a once-n-a-lifetime event, such as for a special couple on their golden wedding anniversary, gifts for her on her milestone birthday, or for your closest friends on the occasion of their wedding. Choosing something that conveys a personal message or that has some symbolism for the recipient will guarantee that your gift is truly appreciated

4. Honour the recipient’s wishes

If the recipient has requested something specific as a gift, it’s good etiquette to try to honour their wish. This is especially true in the case of weddings, where couples often request money to put towards their honeymoon, or for items on a specific gift list. It’s far better to comply with their requests than to waste money on items that they have no need for or interest in.

5. Don’t overspend

Although you may be keen to impress with a costly gift, it’s important to avoid exceeding your means. If you overspend, you run the risk of making the recipient feel uncomfortable when you present your overpriced present. It’s far better to keep within your means and to choose a meaningful gift that won’t break the bank.

6. Appearances count

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so it’s important to make the right impression with your gift. Take the time to make your present look attractive by wrapping it carefully so that the recipient is left in no doubt that you’ve put in the effort.

Follow these top tips to grace your loved ones with your generosity in the most meaningful way.

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