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Let’s Settle This Once And For All: Gift Giving Etiquette

'Tis the season for awkward moments.

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  1. If someone unexpectedly gives you a gift, are you obligated to give one in return?

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    Yes, it would be rude not to reciprocate.
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    No, you aren't required to give just because you received.
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If someone unexpectedly gives you a gift, are you obligated to give one in return?
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    Yes, it would be rude not to reciprocate.
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    No, you aren't required to give just because you received.
  1. Gift cards—yea or nay?

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    No, they're lazy and impersonal.
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    Yes, it's a great way to let people choose exactly what they want.
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    Only for casual friends, acquaintances, and people you don't know very well.
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Gift cards—yea or nay?
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    No, they're lazy and impersonal.
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    Yes, it's a great way to let people choose exactly what they want.
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    Only for casual friends, acquaintances, and people you don't know very well.
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  1. How about cold, hard cash?

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    Ye$$$$$
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    No, it's tacky.
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    Only for kids/teens.
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How about cold, hard cash?
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    Ye$$$$$
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    No, it's tacky.
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    Only for kids/teens.
  1. Is it OK to give a handmade DIY gift?

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    Yes! It's incredibly thoughtful.
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    Sure, but only for family and very close friends.
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    Only if you're REALLY skilled at making whatever you're making.
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    No.
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Is it OK to give a handmade DIY gift?
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    Yes! It's incredibly thoughtful.
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    Sure, but only for family and very close friends.
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    Only if you're REALLY skilled at making whatever you're making.
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    No.
  1. Do you give your boss a present?

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    Yes.
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    No.
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    The whole team chips in to get the boss something.
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    I just give a card/homemade treats.
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Do you give your boss a present?
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    Yes.
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    No.
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    The whole team chips in to get the boss something.
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    I just give a card/homemade treats.
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  1. Do you and your significant other decide how much to spend on gifts for each other in advance?

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    Yes, we agree on a price range ahead of time.
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    Sort of—we set a cap so no one goes overboard.
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    No.
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    We do some other brilliant thing that I'll share in the comments.
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Do you and your significant other decide how much to spend on gifts for each other in advance?
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    Yes, we agree on a price range ahead of time.
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    Sort of—we set a cap so no one goes overboard.
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    No.
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    We do some other brilliant thing that I'll share in the comments.
  1. Someone asks you: "What do you want for Christmas?" What's your response?

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    Tell them what I want, just like they asked.
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    Offer a not-too-specific request, like books or clothes.
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    "Nothing."
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    "Surprise me!"
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    Something totally different that I'll share in the comments.
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Someone asks you: "What do you want for Christmas?" What's your response?
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    Tell them what I want, just like they asked.
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    Offer a not-too-specific request, like books or clothes.
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    "Nothing."
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    "Surprise me!"
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    Something totally different that I'll share in the comments.
  1. How strictly should you stick to Secret Santa spending limits?

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    Stick to the budget.
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    A few extra dollars never hurt anybody.
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    You should definitely spend more than the limit.
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    The budget’s an upper limit, it’s okay to spend less.
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How strictly should you stick to Secret Santa spending limits?
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    Stick to the budget.
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    A few extra dollars never hurt anybody.
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    You should definitely spend more than the limit.
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    The budget’s an upper limit, it’s okay to spend less.
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  1. Is re-gifting acceptable?

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    Definitely!
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    Never.
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    Only if it's a gift card.
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    Only if you do it in a non-obvious way.
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Is re-gifting acceptable?
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    Definitely!
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    Never.
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    Only if it's a gift card.
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    Only if you do it in a non-obvious way.
  1. "No gifts please," says the host of a holiday party you're invited to. What do you do?

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    Don't give a gift, just like they requested.
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    Give a gift anyway. Never show up empty-handed!
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    Give something small, like a bottle of wine or a dessert.
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"No gifts please," says the host of a holiday party you're invited to. What do you do?
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    Don't give a gift, just like they requested.
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    Give a gift anyway. Never show up empty-handed!
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    Give something small, like a bottle of wine or a dessert.

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