Etiquette Boss: Holiday giving etiquette

December 23, 2013 Phillipa Morrish
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Gifting and Re-Gifting

Merry Christmas to all of my readers. I agree with the song that it is “the most wonderful time of the year.” A special Christmas greeting to Pastor Dennis Ellison in Wisconsin, who told me that he reads this column every week.

In spite of the general merriment however, too many people are confused about the etiquette of giving gifts and re-gifting. Single relatives spend way too much in buying for each member of their relatives’ families, while they often receive only one gift per family.

A good idea is to buy a “family gift” that they all can use instead of buying something for each that falls short of individual expectations. Another idea is to discuss with adult relatives that gifts only be bought for children.

Adults might want to reconsider asking for the “gift list,” as children have no idea of how expensive their toys might be. Gift cards can be sent “toward” the gift instead of purchasing the gift that costs hundreds of dollars.

If re-gifting must be done, it is poor etiquette to re-gift something strictly because it is not needed or liked by the initial recipient. Only re-gift if that gift is a better “fit” for someone else, such as a coffee table cookbook for someone who loves cooking, etc.

YOUR BEST APPEARANCE: Rejuvenate your hair and scalp

Do not underestimate the power of your hairstyle and hair color to remove or add years to your appearance. If you have not changed either in many years, it might be time for a new look.

During this holiday season, take a chance and change your hair color and style. You might be surprised at the results.

•Use highlights around the face for a vibrant and youthful look. After a certain age, avoid black hair color, which can make the skin look too pale. Light hair around the face makes the face look vibrant.

•Bangs also help the face to have a youthful appearance. Bangs can cover forehead wrinkles and can also make the cheeks look fuller.

Phillipa Morrish is the president of Etiquette Training International.

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