Is there such a thing as gift-receiving etiquette? Or more specifically, a gift-rejecting etiquette?
Eldest, my daughter, was recently presented with a gift that she felt she could not accept. The gift was one that she really liked -- making this even more of moral dilemma than it would have been with something less desirable.
How in the world does one deal with that: accepting it would have been wrong, she felt, but rejecting it would definitely hurt the feelings of the gift-giver!
Without going into any details -- it basically involved a very expensive gift from a young man she barely knows, whom she feels she does not want to be "indebted" to -- what is the best way of dealing with such a situation?!?
I think my daughter handled the situation the best she could -- she returned the gift, but tried to stay kind, and, as she put it, avoiding any "high drama". But she also took off packing, so to speak -- there's no pretending nothing happened.
Ultimately, in a case like this, it causes the relationship to fundamentally change: it can never be same -- this is a situation where there is no going back to how it was before!
The guy made a mistake, one could say, or even go as far as berating him: "What an inappropriate gift! Did you think you could buy this young woman's affections?".
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