Monday, December 1, 2008

Naughty or nice etiquette tip five

When you receive horrible, wrong-size or duplicate gifts, smile, say something polite, extend a thank-you...let's say its a "collectors" plate of Yosemite (not that it's a bad thing for all people, that may be your thing)! You can probably come up with something appreciative to say: "This is so thoughtful! You know how much I love the outdoors." But being gracious about a gift doesn't mean you always have to keep it. Yes, if the item is one of a kind or homemade — like a painting or a knitted scarf — you need to keep it. Otherwise, you can take the item back to the store and exchange it for something else. And when your friend asks how you like your new hand blender? Don't lie. Say, "I love those so much, I already owned one — so I didn't think you'd mind if I exchanged it for a food mill. Thanks for making my life in the kitchen so much easier, that was so thoughtful of you!"

It's so much easier to be polite and honest than to lie and then sneakily do something behind their back. When you're the one who's given the gift that the other person returns or doesn't want, make sure you don't take it personally. Also, remember it's the thought that counts. If you put a lot of thought into your gifts for individuals and families, you'll be able to find something that is meaningful and useful. Good luck, it's always a sticky thing isn't it?

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