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Holiday Gift-Giving From the Heart

Published on December 4, 2012 By Syndi Seid

Gift giving should come from the heart, not out of a sense of obligation. Giving a gift—whether money or an object —is how we express how we care about someone in a special and extra way. Below I’ll discuss how to navigate the thorny waters of gift giving; whether to give a personal gift, gift […]

8 Gift-Giving Etiquette Questions

Published on December 4, 2010 By Syndi Seid

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 […]

Gift-Giving and Receiving

Published on December 3, 2010 By Syndi Seid

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

Published on December 3, 2010 By Syndi Seid

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, […]

Wedding Gift Rants

Published on March 28, 2010 By Syndi Seid

This week I was contacted by a news reporter who is doing a story about wedding etiquette.  In so doing we talked about wedding gifts and how difficult it often is for someone to be expected to give an expensive wedding gift… after already giving an engagement gift, a shower gift, and then spending lots […]