Etiquette

Rosh Hashanah: A Sweet New Year

September 4, 2013    |    By +
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Rosh Hashanah, or “head of the new year,” is celebrated this year from sundown on Wednesday, Sept. 4, to sunset on Friday, Sept. 6. It is the beginning of the High Holy Days, a time of introspection leading up to the holiest day in the religion, Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of... Read more »


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Take Our Labor Day Quiz

September 2, 2013    |    By +
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You already know that Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday of September, and that the national holiday pays tribute to the efforts of American workers from all walks of life. You might even know that the very first Labor Day was celebrated on September 5, 1882. Labor Day came out of the... Read more »


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Sympathy Etiquette Guide: Hindu Traditions

August 28, 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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Host and Hostess Gifts for Labor Day

August 26, 2013    |    By +
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Labor Day means summer is coming to an end, and it’s true, that’s a bummer. But look on the bright side, because Labor Day weekend means an extra day off of work. And an extra reason to throw parties, or have get-togethers on the beach, poolside or on the deck. If you’ve been invited... Read more »


Sympathy Etiquette Guide: The Jewish Faith

August 21, 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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Celebrate Bon Dance Season

August 13, 2013    |    By +
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Late summer is Obon season. No, not Udon season; that would involve noodles. Obon, or sometimes simply Bon, is a Japanese Buddhist tradition observed in the months of July and August. It is a time when people focus on their ancestors. They might clean family grave sites during this time, or return to their... Read more »


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Travel Gift Buying Dos & Don’ts

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We’ve all been there: it’ the last day of your vacation somewhere amazing and you realize that the crew at the office, your best friend and your mom are probably expecting a little trinket from your far-off travels. What do you do? You already spent your vacation budget and will be getting home on... Read more »


How to be an Amazing Overnight Guest

July 8, 2013    |    By +
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Whether you’re crashing at your friend’s house for one night, or staying with relatives over a long holiday weekend, there are some things to remember as an overnight visitor. The golden rule serves as a good general guideline here: “Do unto others as you would like them to do unto you.” Everyone knows what... Read more »


Stellar Guest Guide: Buddhist Wedding Etiquette

June 17, 2013    |    By +
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Sometimes we get invited to an event and have no idea what to expect or what is expected of us. We’ve all been there; confused, bumbling and ultimately embarrassed. But, it doesn’t have to be that way! I’m doing a whole series on weddings so that no matter what kind of wedding you get... Read more »


Stellar Gift Guide #4: Hindu Wedding Guest Etiquette

June 6, 2013    |    By +
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Sometimes we get invited to an event and have no idea what to expect or what is expected of us. We’ve all been there; confused, bumbling and ultimately embarrassed. But, it doesn’t have to be that way! I’m doing a whole series on wedding guest etiquette by religion so that no matter what kind... 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.