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The How-To Lounge: Cope With Receiving an Unexpected Gift

Have you ever received an unexpected gift and not known what to say or do if you didn't have anything to give in return? Well since we're officially in the giving season, here are some tips to make sure you're well prepared.

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  • Just because someone buys you a gift, don't feel like you have to buy them one in return.
  • It's always smart to have a few just-in-case gifts tucked away at home to prepare for this exact situation. Nice-scented candles, fancy bath products, even a cookbook could act as fabulous gifts on the fly.
  • Treating someone to a nice dinner out on the town is a great gift/way to say thank you and a nice way to spend quality time together.
  • If you're crafty in the kitchen, put together a homemade, holiday sweet treat. The gift of homemade is terribly underrated.
  • If you receive a gift from someone you don't know all that well, a nice handwritten thank-you note will be sufficient.
    • I hope these tips help and if any of you have other suggestions, I'm sure we'd all love to hear them.


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cocca cocca 9 years
thanks for the tip! unexpected gifts always makes me feel a little guilty...
ultimatejas ultimatejas 9 years
Pretty good tips here. I never thought of simply taking a friend out to dinner to repay them.
sweetk8ty76 sweetk8ty76 9 years
I keep extra bottles of wine around the house for this exact reason. I just feel awkward getting a gift and not having anything to give back.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
This actually JUST happened to me. I an exec at my office gave me a gift for all my hard work with her the past few months. It was this great pedi set from BB. I was caught so off guard.
julieulie julieulie 9 years
Wine is also a great option. Not that I support regifting, but I really enjoy cooking and having people over for dinner, and most guests tend to come with a bottle of wine as a way to say thank you. We've build up quite the collection of dry red wines, which my fiance does not like at all, so I find that they work fantastically to hand out as a last minute gift just to say thanks.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Yea, I just found out an unexpected gift is comign my way so I gotta go buy her one pronto!
chakra_healer chakra_healer 9 years
I am the candle girl! One of our closets has votive candles, which I dress with essential oils, and holders in case I need to throw together a quick gift bag. Adding a bottle of wine or a downtempo/jazz cd usually makes for a quick, but thoughtful gift.
erratic-assassin erratic-assassin 9 years
unexpected gifts are fun. unWANTED gifts are thrown in the trash.
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