Gifting… Or not.


March 3, 2011 by Ellen V

A dilemma:

How does one appropriately acknowledge the meaningful life event of a friend or acquaintance?

Obviously, gifts are given for one-time (or rare) events: weddings, first babies, PhD graduations, etc.  My concern is for lesser, though still deserving, moments of celebration.  I’m thinking of new jobs, new houses, published articles, non-milestone birthdays, engagements, and other exciting times.  How do you show someone you care without 1) spending a small fortune and/or 2) making the recipient feel embarrassed or uncomfortable?

I suppose the old bottle of wine thing is always an option, but it’s a bit overdone.

This is an unabashed request for your insights.  How do you show the important people in your life how pleased and excited for them you are?


One thought on “Gifting… Or not.

  1. LK says:

    I think a card or thoughtful note is always a good thing. Let’s them know you cared without spending a fortune.

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