Some people don’t know how to receive a gift

A gift is a thing given willingly to someone without expectation of payment or reciprocity.  It is commonly given during special occasions such as birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, holidays etc.

Why is it done?

Primarily it’s because the giver has some affection for the recipient and wants to show those feelings with a memento.

Another reason is that the act of giving makes the giver feel good.  As the old saying goes “It’s better to give than to receive” and everyone who has given gifts knows the joy of selecting a special gift, wrapping it, finding the perfect card and then handing the gift to the recipient.

Most of us have mastered this – the art of giving, but many people struggle with the humility required to receive a gift graciously.  In doing so they (inadvertently, but most assuredly) rob the giver of their joy in the giving.


The fact is that our ability to receive is equally as important as our ability to give. Giving is not a one-way street.  Both the giver and the receiver can experience the benefits associated with giving if the person receiving the gift practices some simple gift-receiving etiquette.  Smile when the gift is handed to you and open it in the presence of the giver and immediately acknowledge the gift giver with a show of appreciation and kind words. Whether you are thrilled with the gift or not, express your appreciation by complimenting their thoughtfulness and generosity. Remember the old saying, “it’s the thought that counts.”

It just takes a few seconds to receive gifts graciously but it makes a world of difference to the person who has spent considerably more time and effort finding and giving you that gift.

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