The Etiquette of Gratitude: How to Elegantly Receive A Gift

Do you feel panicked every time you open a present? How do you act? What do you say? Here’s a quick guide on gift-getting manners, so you can focus on the fun and avoid the anxiety!

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elegant gift wrapped in pink and gold
elegant gift wrapped in pink and gold

Shifting Your Gift-Getting Mindset From Obligation To Gratitude

It would seem that the embarrassment many people feel toward receiving gifts stems from the idea that the present somehow comes with a built-in obligation to the person who gave it to you. You now “owe” this person something — often a vague and undefined favor that you can’t put into words.

two female friends embracing in gratitude
two female friends embracing in gratitude

Learn the Art of The Elegant Gift Follow-Up

Historically speaking, getting and giving gifts was considered an art with clear guidelines and manners surrounding the practice. Like so many of our more “formalized” traditions of etiquette, these guides have largely been lost, forgotten, or have failed to be passed on to us by our parents and elders.

blank elegant thank you note behind blooming flowers
blank elegant thank you note behind blooming flowers

Stop Overthinking Your Body Language

When receiving gifts in person, a lot of people state that they simply “don’t know how to act” as the recipient. Personally, I find that what they are really saying is that they “are overthinking how to act and convincing themselves that it needs to be complicated.”

coffee latte with thank you written in the foam
coffee latte with thank you written in the foam

In Conclusion, It’s All About Gift-Getter Graciousness.

The term gracious describes someone who is “courteous, kind, and pleasant” according to the Oxford dictionary. These qualities are for the most part simple to possess — they are just good manners!

elegant black and white gift bag with tissue paper on black background
elegant black and white gift bag with tissue paper on black background

Emily Sinclair Montague is a professional writer, author, and content strategist. Connect with her at www.wordsofafeather.net or on Twitter (@EmilytheMontag1)!

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