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Q: I recently received a very expensive holiday gift from my brother-in-law. I don’t feel right accepting such a gift. Prior to Christmas, the agreement was made that the adults would not exchange gifts. But on Christmas day he had gifts for everyone. I think this goes back to last Christmas, when we also agreed […]


Card Composition: Including the student

by epi on November 28, 2011

Q: What is the proper etiquette for including the names of young adult kids who are away in college or living on their own in Christmas card salutations? A: If they are away at school it can be presumed they are still part of their parents’ household and it is fine to include them on […]


Generic Generosity: How to respond

by epi on November 21, 2011

Q: If I received Hallmark sympathy notes without a hand written message and only signed by the sender, is a thank you note needed? A: No, you would write if a personal note was included, but don’t need to write a thank you for a signed sympathy card. It is nice, however, to remember who […]


Q: I will be meeting my boyfriends family for the first time on Thanksgiving. We will be arriving ‘after’ dinner and I don’t know what would be the proper thing for me to bring? I don’t want to go empty handed. Help? A:  A pretty plant would be a nice gift, or any gourment food […]


Q: Is it my responsibility to clean up leaves that fall from my tree onto my neighbor’s lawn? I have raked them up at my neighbor’s a couple of times, but don’t feel like I need to do it daily. A: No, that is one of the burdens of fall – when leaves from your […]


Q: How do you show gratitude to a family member who took care of me for over two weeks?  This family member took us to the Caribbean all-expenses paid. They had no expectations, but simply to give. A: What a wonderful gift!  You do your best to compose a truly heartfelt thank-you note and then, […]


Kind Condolences: Saying thank you

by epi on October 14, 2011

Q: Do you send thank you cards to everyone who signed the book at a funeral…or wait and see what donations were made to the charity we chose? A: You are not obliged to write to those who attended a funeral, assuming you greeted everyone when they left and you thanked them in person. You […]

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Broken Bauble: When a gift breaks

by epi on October 10, 2011

Q: My female boss gave me a pair of earrings as a gift.  This morning, I took them out of the box, to wear for the first time, and I put the first earring in, and I felt something drop; it was the pearl which hung at the drop of the earring.  Should I tell […]


Q: My wife and I had argument last night while dining out.  She placed her napkin (paper) on top of her plate when she had finished her dinner.  I said it should be placed beside the plate.  Placing one’s napkin besides the plate is all that I have ever heard or been told to do.  […]


Party Time Dress-Up for Guys

by Cindy Post Senning on May 17, 2011

This post originally appeared at my parenting blog The Gift of Good Manners. I am cross posting some of my favorite content from that blog here at the Etiquette Daily periodically. I hope you enjoy these posts as much as I enjoyed writing them. It’s Prom time again. The talk is always about the gowns […]