We are in the season of celebrations. The summer months bring graduations, Father’s Day, weddings, anniversaries, bridal and baby showers and many other celebrations that allow us to show our love and generosity with a heart-felt and memorable gift.
When giving gifts, it is important to remember that the thought behind the gift is more important than the actual gift itself. Give what you can afford, no matter what the occasion. That being said, there is an etiquette involved in choosing and presenting gifts.
Graduations – Every graduation announcement does not require a gift. It depends on your relationship with the graduate. A special memento that you know the graduate would cherish shows your generosity. Electronics, small appliances, and accessories are great for those starting out and/or going from high school to college. Today, money and gift-cards, while not always memorable, are most always appreciated.
Father’s Day – Father’s Day is about showing the dads in our lives how much we love and appreciate them. The most important thing to keep in mind about Father’s Day gifts is that they should be reflections of your relationship. They do not have to be expensive to be meaningful. The gift can be a special memento, time together, a home-cooked meal, tickets to a game, etc. When you give Dad something you know that he would enjoy, it shows that you care.
Bridal Showers – You can give the bride-to-be a homemade gift, a special memento, or a family heirloom. Your cash situation, your crafting talents, and your relationship with the bride will help you decide the best type of gift. The gift-registry is another sure way to present a gift she really wants.
Co-ed Bridal Showers – Look for co-ed gifts. If there is something that your family just loves and you think that they would too, don’t be afraid to give them this…you’ll demonstrate your thoughtfulness. As with other events, the registry is an easy way to ensure gift-giving success.
Weddings – If you are invited to the wedding ceremony, it is customary to give a gift, whether or not you are able to attend. The gift is based on your relationship with the couple. Items that you’ve found indispensible when newly starting out, or something that you know has significant meaning to the couple are wonderful ways to show that you put a lot of thought and care into selecting their gift. Not sure what to get? Once again, their gift registry is the surest and easiest way to success.
Wedding Anniversaries – Celebrating anniversaries is typically kept between the couple. However, many milestone anniversaries are celebrated with friends and family. If you are invited to an anniversary celebration, it is customary to bring a gift. Whether celebrating your own anniversary, or the anniversary of friends or family, the gift should be something memorable and lasting. Today’s more modern, yet traditional, anniversary gifts include clocks for the 1st, silverware for the 5th, diamonds for the 10th, watches for the 15th, platinum for the 20th, silver for the 25th, and gold for the 50th year.
Baby Showers – If you attend a baby shower, you should bring a gift. If you cannot attend the shower, you are not expected to send a gift, but you’re welcome to do so. Giving a gift that you feel every parent needs is appropriate, as well as a homemade gift such as a knitted blanket. As in most occasions today, selecting a gift from their gift registry is a respectful and appreciated option.
Would you like more advice and gift ideas for others or yourself? We have the perfect opportunity.
Please join us at the Passionate Collector in Newport Coast for a fun and FREE event on Thursday, June 12th. You’ll receive more tips and ideas for gift-giving success and enjoy treats, hors d’oeuvres and wine.
Date: Thursday, June 12th
Time: 6 pm to 8 pm
Place: The Passionate Collector, Newport Shopping Center, 21115 Newport Coast Drive, Newport Coast, CA, 92657
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org by June 8th.