Q. I would like to send out college graduation announcement expressing that a gift is not necessary. how would you say ‘congratulations but no gift’ in the proper way?
A. A graduation announcement does not obligate the recipient to send you a gift – it is simply a great way to share your huge accomplishment and wonderful news. Some may send a gift, others will send a card, and still others will do nothing at all, but no recipient is required to send a gift.
Therefore, do not say ‘no gifts’ on your announcement. You may use the word of mouth method to let family and close friends know that you really do not want gifts. However, if you do receive them, accept them graciously and send a note in reply.