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Rules of EtiKate: Holiday Gift Giving

Rules of EtiKate: Holiday Gift Giving

Whether you are ready for them or not, the holidays are swiftly approaching. If you are anything like me, you jumped for joy when you walked into Starbucks and saw it transformed into a winter wonderland. Or you may be one of those people who refuses to celebrate the holidays before Thanksgiving. Whatever category you fall into, it is never too early to start thinking about how to incorporate etiquette into your holidays. While there are many etiquette topics to be discussed under the umbrella of the holidays, this article will focus on how to give like Kate during this upcoming holiday season.

 


 

 

Shop with grace

At some point this holiday season, I guarantee we will all find ourselves in a stressful shopping situation. Go into holiday shopping with a positive attitude and a smile that reflects the joy of Christmas! Treat other shoppers and employees with respect and kindness. Enter stores with a plan and have patience in long lines and busy stores. Always remember that if a store is out of something, they can generally order it for you and this is not cause for panic or rudeness.

Be personal and creative

As you have probably heard a million times in life, it is the thought that counts when it comes to gift giving. Gifts do not have to be expensive in order to express how much you love someone in your life. Take the time to give gifts that are personal to the person and always add in a touch of creativity!

Gift receipts

It has become proper etiquette nowadays to include a gift receipt in any gifts you give. Some examples of gifts that should always have a gift receipt include clothes (sizes are not always correct), gifts for kids (it is common for kids to receive duplicates), and electronics (as they can be quite specific to a person’s tastes).   

 


 

 

Write thank you notes

While you are giving these fabulous gifts, you will also probably be receiving a few fantastic items for yourself. Whether it is a pair of beautiful gloves that are the perfect repli-Kate, or if it is a small, handmade gift from a neighbor, remember to thoughtfully write a note thanking them. Handwritten notes speak volumes and are a beautiful way to add a touch of elegance to the holidays. Buy a fancy set of Christmas stationary in preparation to send these notes.

What are some of your best holiday etiquette tips?

Rules of EtiKate: Shopping Etiquette

Rules of EtiKate: Shopping Etiquette

It is clear from the many pictures we see that one of Kate’s favorite ways to spend time is shopping. We often get glimpses of Kate and her mother ducking in and out of shops. These are some of my favorite appearances because we get to see Kate in a casual setting and yet sheContinue Reading

Rules of EtiKate: Afternoon Tea

Rules of EtiKate: Afternoon Tea

If you are looking for a way to add a bit of everyday Kate-inspired glamour to your day, you may want to consider beginning a tradition of partaking in afternoon tea. Not only will it help you relax after a long day of work, it can become a fun, social activity. Invite a small groupContinue Reading

Charity Spotlight: The HER Foundation

Charity Spotlight: The HER Foundation

As you all know by now, the royal-watching community is buzzing with the exciting news that came from the Clarence House last Monday. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting Royal Baby Number 2! But with that exciting news came a bit of sad news as well. The Duchess is once again suffering fromContinue Reading

Rules of EtiKate: Work Etiquette

Rules of EtiKate: Work Etiquette

I have the privilege of beginning my first internship this fall and while I am excited, that excitement also comes with a bit of nerves. Entering my first “grown-up” work environment is intimidating and so I did what I always do to calm my nerves: I researched etiquette tips for work. I, like many ofContinue Reading

Rules of EtiKate: Royal Party Etiquette

Rules of EtiKate: Royal Party Etiquette

Some people see the royal family as old, outdated, and stuffy. I believe that is a major misconception of today’s royal family. The royals know how to have fun and they definitely know how to throw a good party. What makes them distinct, however, is their ability to party with an air of sophistication andContinue Reading

Rules of EtiKate: Manners for Children

Rules of EtiKate: Manners for Children

During the recent Royal Tour, I stayed up many late nights waiting for live streams and Twitter pictures of the royal family at each event. While most royal watchers were anxious to see what Kate would be wearing, I, like many others on the WWKD team, could not wait to see the adorable Prince George,Continue Reading

Rules of EtiKate: Dining Dos and Don’ts

Rules of EtiKate: Dining Dos and Don’ts

Elegant state dinners come with the territory of being a member of the royal family, which is yet another aspect of being a duchess that Kate has taken to beautifully. At her most recent state dinner, at the Government House in Wellington while on tour in New Zealand, Kate stunned in a gorgeous Jenny PackhamContinue Reading

Rules of EtiKate: The Importance of Etiquette

Rules of EtiKate: The Importance of Etiquette

With all of the rules and regulations regarding etiquette that I have presented in the past few months, I wanted to pause and reflect on why I find etiquette important and how it allows me to demonstrate my inner duchess on a daily basis.  One of the main reasons I find myself so drawn toContinue Reading

Rules of EtiKate: Weddings

Rules of EtiKate: Weddings

If you are anything like me, you are either at the age or approaching the age in which it seems that every other day, a new friend on Facebook is getting engaged. Engagements mean weddings, which are both exciting and nerve-racking. What does Dressy Casual even mean? What is an acceptable gift to bring? WhichContinue Reading

Embracing Everyday Gracefulness

Embracing Everyday Gracefulness

When I was the ripe old age of five years old, I started taking ballet classes. While I was never good enough to become a professional ballerina (even though I dreamed about it), I learned a lot in my ten years of pink tights, ballerina buns, and plies. As I grew older, I had toContinue Reading

Rules of EtiKate: Cell Phones

Rules of EtiKate: Cell Phones

As we have discussed before on WWKD, we rarely see Kate with a cell phone. She does not walk down the street chatting into her iPhone or text while she shops. She focuses on the people she is with and the world around her, something we can all do a little more often. I amContinue Reading

Rules of EtiKate: Traveling

Rules of EtiKate: Traveling

Kate and William are known to enjoy traveling, whether it be for engagements in the US and other parts of the world, or going to Africa on holiday. Wherever you are traveling to this holiday season and beyond, here are some tips and tricks to maintain a regal elegance even when you are 30,000 feetContinue Reading

Regal Reads: The Regal Rules for Girls by Jerramy Fine

Regal Reads: The Regal Rules for Girls by Jerramy Fine

After reading Jerramy Fine’s memoir Someday My Prince Will Come, I fell in love with her witty writing and her “dreams do come true” attitude. I immediately wanted to check out her other book The Regal Rules for Girls.    The tagline for this book is “how to find love, a life- and maybe evenContinue Reading

Rules of EtiKate: Hostessing

Rules of EtiKate: Hostessing

Now that we have all learned how to have a flawless table setting, we can start hosting fabulous dinner parties! Whether it is a small get-together, a swanky cocktail party, or a five-course formal sit-down dinner, here are some etiquette tips on how to be a gracious and regal hostess. Send out invitations far inContinue Reading