Etiquette

Hanukkah Gift Ideas

November 21, 2013    |    By +
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I hope you like latkes with your stuffing and playing dreidel during football commercials, because Hanukkah is crazy early this year. It starts the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 27th and ends on Dec. 5th, which means it’s days before Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday (stay tuned to GiftRap for Cyber Monday... Read more »


How to Choose a Host or Hostess Gift

November 5, 2013    |    By +
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Fall is a time for fun gatherings and get-togethers, and with football season, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas, there is no shortage of happy events to attend. Your sparkling personality and witty conversation will help get you repeat invitations, but if you want to guarantee that you are invited back, bring a thoughtful host or... Read more »


Gifts for Baptisms and Christenings

October 17, 2013    |    By +
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Very few occasions are more purely joyful than a baby’s christening or baptism. Not only do they represent the remission of original sin (can’t go wrong with that one), they’re unfreighted by the weight of expectation, not to mention cost and high budget, that can surround a wedding. But if you don’t regularly attend... Read more »


Gifts From Godparents

October 11, 2013    |    By +
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Congratulations, you’ve been asked to be a godparent! It’s a big deal–not least because it means that your friends thought you were the kind of grownup they wouldn’t mind their kid taking some tips from. You’ve said, “I’d be honored.” You’ve bought a new church-friendly dress or picked out the right tie. You know... Read more »


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Traditional vs. Modern Third Anniversary Gifts

October 8, 2013    |    By +
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With my own third anniversary happening this week (I got married 10/10/10), I have been on the hunt for some cool ideas for traditional and modern gifts that can help celebrate, commemorate and resonate with me and my hubs. I like rules, but I like to bend them a little bit. So, here is... Read more »


Pardon Me, Do You Dunk, Pour or Sprinkle?

October 3, 2013    |    By +
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When Gifts.com asked me to untangle the difference between christening and baptism, I was sure I knew the answer. A baptism, I thought, means a thorough dunking under some serious holy water, maybe even in a river. And a christening–I mean, just listen to the word–sounds like a genteel, but still consecrated, sprinkle. Turns... Read more »


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9 Things to Do with a Bridesmaid’s Dress

September 25, 2013    |    By +
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These days, September is the most popular month for American weddings-and that means there’s a profusion of bridesmaid dresses by now that will never, despite what the sales clerk at the bridal shop said, be worn again in their present form. What to do? We turned to Rebecca Whitlinger, author of Always a Bridesmaid:... Read more »


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Sympathy Etiquette Guide: Muslim

September 23, 2013    |    By +
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Choosing sympathy gifts is never easy. How can any gift fill the void of a missing loved one? It’s a tall order, but remember, no one actually expects a sympathy gift to eliminate the grief. Still, a gift adds a bright touch to an otherwise dark time, so my suggestion is to always give... Read more »


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Yom Kippur Guest Etiquette

September 13, 2013    |    By +
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Yom Kippur, the day of atonement, is one of the two holiest of Jewish holidays, the other being Rosh Hashanah. It is the sound off to the beginning of the Jewish New Year and the end of the High Holy Days. Before you start planning your holiday outfit and picking the party playlist, know... Read more »


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Sympathy Etiquette Guide: Catholic

September 13, 2013    |    By +
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Choosing sympathy gifts is never easy. How can any gift fill the void of a missing loved one? It’s a tall order, but remember, no one actually expects a sympathy gift to eliminate the grief. Still, a gift adds a bright touch to an otherwise dark time, so my suggestion is to always give... Read more »


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Kathryn D.W.
Kathryn Drury Wagner is the senior manager of content at Gifts.com. She was formerly the executive editor at Honolulu Magazine, and is the author of The Ultimate Guide to Shopping on Oahu. Her career has included staff positions at Country Living Gardener and Power & Motoryacht. Her latest book is "Hawaii's Strangest, Ickiest, Wildest Book Ever!"

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Gwen is the Editorial Curator at Gifts.com. In addition to writing blogs, she creates gift guides, curates the site, and produces content for our social media channels. As a freelance writer, she created blogs on fashion, art, travel, health and lifestyle. A talented jewelry designer, she's also a yogi and a hospital volunteer with her therapy dog, Lilo, a Pomeranian.