Global news had a chat with etiquette expert Kelly Cleveland for the do’s & don’t of gift giving during the holiday season.
First and foremost she stresses that gifts are of secondary importance this time of year. The focus should primarily be on being present in the moment with family & friends . I’m paraphrasing here, but basically make sure you don’t lose yourself in the gift exchange aspect. This is the time to really concentrate on giving your best self to your family & friends.
Now let’s talk about gifts shall we?
Here’s a tip!
Make sure you put effort into the gift. Cleveland uses gift cards as an example. If you are short on time, and simply must resort to swinging by a drug store and getting a gift card then at least tie a ribbon around it and make it presentable. Some gesture to show you care.
(Sidenote, I personally LOVE gift cards. Who ever put a careless stigma around this sort of gift is WRONG in my books! Give me all the gift cards. Thanks)
Here are some gifts you should avoid, according to Cleveland:
Unless you are familiar with the exact kind this person likes, avoid beauty products.
Avoid overly personal gifts for people you don’t necessarily know that well, like coworkers or neighbors.
Honestly, this is creepy (my words not hers.)
NEVER give a pet as a gift.
According to a 2013 poll done by British retailer Elliott Rose, 500 surveyed Brits were able to break down what gifts they considered to be the worst to receive at Christmas, as reported by Bedfordshire News.
- Unattractive socks (29 per cent)
- Cheap perfume (23 per cent)
- Personalized hankies (nine per cent)
- Executive stress toys (eight per cent)
- Household gadgets (eight per cent)
- Fitness equipment (six per cent)
- Gift cards for a shop (six per cent)
- Adopt an animal (five per cent)
- House plants (four per cent)
- A hangover (two per cent)
**Info borrowed from a 2016 Global News article written by Dani-Elle Dube. More HERE**
Model in photo: Paul O’Neil our music director. Inside the gift, absolutely nothing. Poor Paul, excited for air.