The Ultimate Gift Giving Guide

There are a lot of questions when it comes to gifting. We’ve answered some of the most common questions, so you can rest assured that you won’t commit a gifting faux pas. 


If someone gives me an gift, does that mean I have to give one back?
A gift should never be given with the intent of getting one back, and you shouldn’t feel like reciprocation has to be matched dollar for dollar. Though it’s not required to get someone a gift if they get you one, you should at least show them appreciation through a heartfelt thank you.


I forgot my friend’s birthday, should I still get a gift?
A gift is always well received! You should still give a gift, if it’s a close friend or relative. Make sure to attach a note apologising for the delay. If you missed their birthday celebration, treat them to a meal. It’s the perfect time to present the gift.



Do we have to bring a gift for the host every time we are invited to a party?

If it’s a holiday party and a close friend, yes — especially if they have planned a meal. The gift can be a small token of appreciation like wine or sweets. For non-holiday, casual events, a gift is not necessary but a sweet gesture.


I gave a gift and the person did not react how I expected. Should I say something?
It’s best not to say anything. Everyone reacts differently when they are put on the spot. If you are not sure someone will like the gift you picked out, it’s a good idea to include a gift receipt.


If I didn’t attend a bridal shower or wedding, do I still have to send a gift?
You are not required to send a gift, but if you are a close friend of the bride or groom, you may want to send a gift even if you can’t attend. Most registries should have gifts in varying price points. If you don’t feel close enough to the couple to send a gift, sending congratulations will still be appreciated.




Is it tacky to ask for a wishlist?
No. If you’re buying a gift for a younger family member that you may not be as in touch with or with someone that is difficult to shop for, a wishlist will help point you in the right direction and ensure that you give a gift they’ll enjoy.

The kids in my extended family are getting older, and I’d like to stop getting each of them gifts. What’s the best way to bring it up?
As kids get older, they’ll understand that it’s difficult for adults to buy everyone in the family gifts, especially if you have a big family! Instead of cutting them off from gifts completely, you can find a solution that solves this problem for everyone like a family gift exchange. Other alternatives include buying smaller gifts or gifting treats like homemade cookies.


How long should I spend picking out a gift?
This will be different for everyone. There is no set time limit, however you want to make sure the process isn’t rushed. 


Remember, buying a gift shouldn’t feel like a hassle. It should be fun and exciting, especially when the recipient opens it. It’s always great to see their smiling face. If nothing else, remember that a gift matters most when it’s from the heart, especially when it comes as a surprise. Thinking of you gifts can brighten someone’s day any time of the year.