Gift Giving Etiquette

by Claire Valenty on January 30, 2010

in Gifts & Celebration Etiquette


No matter what the occasion, most of the time when you are attending an event, you need to bring a gift; it’s basic gift giving etiquette. Well, you need to bring a gift if it is an important event. Or, sometimes you do not have to bring a gift to an important event if the host lets you off the hook. And then there is always the after work drinks for the girl in your office who is departing on her maternity leave but you did not even know she was pregnant – do you need to give her a gift? And this is only the tip of the iceberg!

As you can see, and probably already know, gift giving etiquette is complicated! However, it has been a tradition ever since Eve gave Adam that apple and it is not going away any time soon. To keep you safe from those particular disastrous results, we have put together some articles on gift giving in relation to popular events you might be attending. These will help you figure out when you should bring a gift and what that gift should be. We have got you covered in regards to: anniversary gift etiquette; bar mitzvah gift etiquette; business gift etiquette; graduation gift etiquette; baby gift etiquette; and sympathy gift etiquette.

Yes, we know there are about a thousand more situations that might come up in regards to gift giving, but, we don’t want to crash the internet. Let us know other important events were missing out on and we’ll do the research for you!

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Steve May 13, 2012 at 11:36 am

My daughter has been dating her current boyfriend for just over a year. They are both graduating this spring and plan to live together next fall while they attend graduate school. His parents gave our daughter a check for $500 for graduation. These folks are not wealthy and we consider this to be an extremely generous gift. While we could afford to give a similar gift to their son, we believe this gift is excessive and were planning on more a like a $100 check to them. What should we do?

Amy April 18, 2014 at 12:23 am

My daughter is receiving an award in college along with 24 other students at a dinner they are having for the recipients. I was thinking of giving her flowers at the event (this is a pretty big deal, the award and event). Should I? I don’t want to embarrass her but I also want her to know how proud we are and what if I don’t and others do, do this for their kids?

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