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Gift Etiquette: 6 Rules for When Our Child Accepts a Gift

Gift Receiving Etiquette for KidsDecember starts the big gift-giving and receiving part of our year. With all three kids birthday between December and February, plus Christmas in there, the kids get most of their new stuff from friends and family during this time.

When they were little, the kids had fun with all their family around watching them eat their birthday cake and loved to play with all their gifts, plus the boxes, the wrapping paper, and everything in between.

Now that our kids are getting older, we have some gift-etiquette that we’re trying to instill in them. Since many kids learn from watching what their parent do, this part of manners can often be overlooked since we parents don’t get as many gifts as our kids.

Click through to read our 6 rules for when our child accepts a gift:

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  • Wait for the OK 1 of 6
    Wait for the OK
    My kids are instructed to wait until they've got the "ok" to open gifts. This can be hard for them but we want to make sure that the person who is giving the gift receives the attention they should.
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  • Read the Card First 2 of 6
    Read the Card First
    My kids are expected to make sure they know who gave the gift before they open in and that includes reading the card (or tag) if it came with one.
    Photo credit: photostock.
  • Say Thank You 3 of 6
    Say Thank You
    A rule for gift-receiving is to look the person who gave the gift in the eye, smile and say thank you. This is one that I don't like to force them to say, but do talk to them before hand that it's polite to do.
    Photo credit: photostock.
  • Look at the Gift 4 of 6
    Look at the Gift
    There are times where the kids get so excited about all the presents and things going on. We encourage our kids to take a moment and look at what they've received before moving on.
    Photo credit: photostock.
  • Don’t Mention if You Have It Already 5 of 6
    Don't Mention if You Have It Already
    We're encouraging our kids not to say things that could be hurtful such as "we have this already". The gift-giver doesn't need to know and our kids are expected to be thankful anyway.
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  • Write a Thank You Card 6 of 6
    Write a Thank You Card
    My kids are just hitting the age where they can do this and hopefully we'll have it standard by next year. A hand written card should include what the gift is and what they liked about the gift.

Photo credit: adapted from iStockPhoto 

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