Q: We were recently invited to a 25th anniversary celebration for a company. We are new friends of the owner and are not employed by the company. Is a gift expected or required and, if so, what would be appropriate?
A: Since this event focuses on celebrating a milestone for an organization rather than an individual, a gift really isn’t necessary and is certainly not expected. In fact, I can’t think of what would be an appropriate gift in these circumstances. The company is celebrating its anniversary, and the fact that you are there is what’s important. In general, business-related anniversaries do not call for personal gifts. If you’re invited to a celebration marking an employees 25 years of service, your role as an invitee is simply to be present, not to bring a present. Any official recognition of the anniversary will be made by the company. So go to the event and enjoy yourself.