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Gift-Giving Etiquette

The lowdown on giving and receiving presents.
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Unlike Santa Claus whose guidelines on gift-giving boil down to only whether a person has been naughty or nice, giving and receiving gifts IRL tend to be a lot more complicated. Below, we listed four different situations to help you sort your gifting and overthinking dilemma. 

When someone you're not really close with gives you a gift.
You're not required to give her one back and you don't have to make an excuse for not giving her something in return. Appreciating her gesture is enough, but if you feel like giving her something, there's no problem with it, too.

When a friend gives you something that costs more than your gift.
Unless you agreed on a price point, there's no need to match the cost of your friend's present. Cliché as it may sound, it's really the thought and the effort put into the gift that counts.

When you're not sure if the other person likes your gift.
It's not a common thing to do in the Philippines, but in other Western countries, they usually offer to give the receipt of the gift item in case the person on the receiving end isn't too keen on the style or design of your gift. That way, he or she can freely change it to something else.

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When you don't like your gift.
No matter how much you dislike your present, always be thankful that he or she thought of giving you one and avoid leaving passive aggressive hints that you hate what you got.

Know of any other scenarios we can add to this list? Let us know in the comments or by tweeting us @candymagdotcom!

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