Giving and Receiving Gracefully
December 21, 2011 | 0 comments
If you've been reading my blog, you know I'm going for a simple Christmas this year. Giving thoughtful, useful gifts. I love to give gifts, and never expect anything in return. Most people don't give to get. But sometimes, it can be awkward for the receiver if you have given them something, and they have nothing in return for you. But, it doesn't have to be this way- remember, we all have unique situations that determine our gift giving policies. Because it's so personal, you don't have to worry that your gift doesn't match the scale of another's. I'm all for giving what I want, and not feeling obligated to give anyone anything based on something they gave me. Some tips to remember when giving and receiving this year: 1. As a host, if your guest gives you a gift, and you have nothing in return, accept it graciously. After all, you are giving them the gift of celebration! 2. At work, give down. You don't need to purchase a gift for your boss. But, a little something for the intern who gets your coffee would be most appreciated. 3. Not everyone can afford to give to their entire family. If a distant relative sends you a present, instead of worrying that you didn't send her anything, send her a wonderfully written thank you note. That's a present in itself, and will definitely be remembered.