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How to Present a Gift Properly

Modern Manners Guy explains how presentation can make or break your gift.

By
Richie Frieman,

Regardless of the occasion—and even regardless of the price of the gift—the way you present it says a lot about how you truly feel about the person.  Now, I'm not King Crafter or anything, and heaven knows I can't tie a ribbon to save my life, but that doesn't mean I get a free pass to be lazy with my gift presentation. There are so many easy ways to present a gift to someone that will give them a big smile and get you a check mark in the good manners column.

For starters, every gift should come with a card. Big or little, funny or sweet, expensive or cheap, no matter which card you go for, the fact that you did will say a lot to the person who receives it. But what if your present is just a gift card which comes with a "gift envelope" attached to it? Just handing someone a gift card basically says, "I was at the gas station and saw this at the counter." Placing it in an envelope with a note from you makes that gift card 100 times more impressive and personal. Easy bonus points, my friends.

I've seen people give elaborate gifts—like jewelry—in their original packaging (like a nice watch in its watch case). Really? I don't think so. That’s like preparing a big fancy dinner and serving it on take-out napkins. Not very classy. Always, always wrap that gift or put it in a suitable gift bag with some tissue paper. (As a side note, tissue paper is inexpensive but makes any gift look great. Kind of like adding a garnish on the side of a main dish.)

In the end, when you think about it, why would you go to all the trouble of picking out a gift and spending the money on it, only to present it with less than proper display?

 

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