It is the season when gift-giving abounds. It is important for kids and teens to know the social rules about giving and receiving gifts. Here are 10 tips for kids and teens on gifts:
1. When you choose a gift for someone, think about what they are interested in or what they enjoy doing. It may not the same as what you enjoy or like.
2. When you give a gift to someone, look them in the eye and say something like “I got this for you and I hope you like it.” If eye contact is difficult for you, you can look at the person’s forehead instead. It will appear that you are looking at them.
3. When someone thanks you for a gift, remember to say “You’re welcome.”
4. When someone is giving you a gift, wait for them to hand it to you and take it from them gently.
5. Remember to say “Thank you” and smile when someone hands you a gift.
6. Open the gift carefully.
7. Grabbing gifts and ripping into the paper is considered rude. Helping someone else open a gift is also considered rude unless they have asked for your help.
8. If the gift is something that you already have, just say “Thank you.”
9. If the gift is something you do not like, this is a situation where it is important that you pretend to like it and say “Thank you.” It is never okay to tell a person that you do not like the gift that he or she gave you.
10. Send a thank-you note for the gift
The old saying stays true. It is not the gift that counts, but the thought.