6 Tips on Gift Giving Etiquette

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Tis the season to give and get gifts. Maybe you aren’t 100% sure what or how to gift something. In fact, it can be right down confusing. Maybe you’re on a budget and aren’t sure what to gift someone.


These 6 gift giving etiquette will assure you this holiday season that you are being tactful in regards to gift giving.

Maybe you just need a few tips on giving gifts to someone. Check out these tips on gift giving etiquette. Stay ahead of the game and away from awkwardness.

6 Tips on Gift Giving Etiquette

Don’t Expect Anything in Return

If you’re going to give a gift to someone, never expect anything for it. Giving a gift without any sort of expectation is important. Always give graciously and with a good heart. In fact, gifting someone something and expecting something in return will most likely come back to bite you.

Don’t Spend Above Your Means

Although your spiritual gift may be giving gifts, this doesn’t mean you need to go broke. Always create a budget for your gift giving. If you gift beyond your means, you’re only hurting yourself financially and that’s never good for anyone.

Don’t Feel Bad

Some people feel bad if they can only gift someone “something small.” If the person you are giving the gift has any heart at all, they will appreciate what you have given them. Don’t feel bad about giving someone something small.

Don’t Give the Gift Early

You may be one of those people who get super excited about gift giving. In fact, you can’t wait to give the person their gift. A little piece of advice? WAIT! Although you’re excited, opening a gift when the real occasion is, is very exciting for the recipient.

Don’t Buy the Gift

Let’s say that someone says, “don’t buy me a gift this year,” do you buy it or do you not? If you do buy the gift, you end up making someone feel incredibly awkward. However, if you don’t that can be awkward too. If someone says this to you, offer up some sort of solution, like a gift exchange or homemade gifts only.

Buy What’s Suggested

If you’re buying for a bunch of little ones and you ask the parents what the child wants/needs, go with the suggestions. Parents know what their kids need. Holidays can be especially overwhelming for a child because they get so many different things. Going with the parental suggestions is a good thing.

The holiday season can be totally confusing when it comes to buying gifts. The bottom line is to give without expecting anything in return.

And most importantly, enjoy the season.

Do you have any gift giving etiquette tips to add to the list?


  1. I really like your point about not expecting something in return when you give someone a gift. The point of giving something away is to do it with love and that is the most authentic type of love there is. True love is not about you and getting what you want.

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