How to give a gift, or gifting etiquette, can be a challenge for all of us at some point in time. We might first ask ourselves: is this a situation where I should give a gift, or not? Once you’ve decided to give a gift, you’ll probably have even more questions about what is appropriate, how much to spend, and whether or not it should be of a personal nature. But, don’t drive yourself crazy! We hope we can help you find not only the answers to your questions but also some good gift ideas!
Should I give a gift, or not?
The first thing you really should be asking before you worry about what to buy is whether or not the occasion calls for a gift. Sometimes, a thoughtful card or just your presence will be more than enough! Let’s start by asking yourself some questions about the gift recipient and the gift giving occasion.
1.) Is this traditionally a time when people exchange or give gifts? You should have reasonable expectations that if it’s a major holiday like Valentine’s Day or Christmas that a gift will be expected from certain people, and to not send or give a gift would be a major faux pas. If it’s not a traditional gift giving occasion you’re going to have to think harder about whether or not it calls for a gift. In order to do that, you’ll need to ask yourself a few more questions.
2.) What kind of relationship do I have with the recipient? Remember that gift giving is often a symbol of the value of relationship between the giver and the receiver. That value can be expressed through not only the cost of the gift, but also the thought and time that the giver puts into preparing it. However, It is important to make sure you don’t give a gift with a value too rich for the relationship. If a gift has too great of value, it can create an imbalance in the relationship.
It can be hard to decide whether or not to give a gift, and then even harder to sift through a million gift ideas to find something appropriate for the situation. When in doubt though, give something small to show that you’ve thought about it. It’s better to find yourself in a situation where didn’t need to give a gift, but you gave one anyways than to have not given a gift when one was expected!