Archive for December, 2010

8 Gift-Giving Etiquette Questions

Each year, especially in December, I get calls from the media asking my opinion about gift-giving practices. Here are a few of the most often asked questions: (To preface, please keep in mind that by the very nature of the word “gift,” it is not a mandatory practice. Gift-giving is a display of how much […]

Re-Gifting Etiquette

Did you know there is a national day dedicated to re-gifting?  Check it out at: From my perspective, here are a few tips: Once a person has given you a gift, it belongs to you to do with it as you please. You may keep it, exchange it, throw it away, or give it […]

Gift-Giving and Receiving

Anthropologist Terry Y. LeVine said it best: “The practice of giving and receiving gifts is so universal it is part of what it means to be human. In virtually every culture, gifts and the events at which they are exchanged are a crucial part of the essential process of creating and maintaining social relationships …” […]

ABW Approach to Gift-Giving

Resolved to make gift giving easier and more meaningful in the future?  You can make it so, by initiating a new approach to your ongoing gift-giving practices. Wine enthusiasts I know use the term “ABC” meaning “anything but Chardonnay” or “anything but Cabernet” to indicate their broader approach to enjoying wine.  In this same context, […]