What do you do if you don’t like a gift?

Jane Asked:

Hi. I’m wondering if one of your advisors might be an expert in etiquette? Here is my question. If someone gives you a gift that you really don’t like, then asks you if you like it, should you tell the truth or should you pretend that you do like it. What do you then do with the gift that you cannot stand?
~ Jane from Cannon Beach

Advisor Jen answers: I recommend neither. Rather, make some vague reference to a physical attribute of the gift and then quickly rattle off some superlatives about the character of the giver. That should do the trick.


  1. Jen’s advice, if followed, would be evasive and manipulative. Therefore, I wholeheartedly approve.

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