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!
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?