Receiving Unwanted Gifts

It’s the time of year for exchanging gifts.  Hopefully, you’ll receive gifts you can use and enjoy.

Unfortunately, we’ve all received the occasional gift that makes us wonder, “What were they thinking?

Here are a few helpful tips to handle the situation gracefully:

1. Do not lie and say you love the gift or ask how they knew you’ve always wanted a chartreuse sweater with multi colored polka dots.

2.  Do thank the giver for their thoughtfulness in remembering you on this occasion. Keep the focus on your appreciation of receiving the gift rather than the gift itself.  Your positive attitude is a gift in return.

3.  When writing a thank you note, be appreciative of the thoughtfulness of the giver rather than writing about the actual gift.

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