What should I think about before selecting a gift for a boyfriend or girlfriend?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Etiquette Expert Nancy Mitchell discusses what you should think about before selecting a gift for a boyfriend or girlfriend.

    Nancy Mitchell

    Nancy R. Mitchell is an established protocol and etiquette consultant and advisor with more than 30 years of experience in the field. Currently, she is an adjunct faculty member at George Washington University, where she developed and teaches protocol courses to Event Management Certificate Program students in the School of Business and Public Management, and at Stratford University, Falls Church, VA. She serves also as protocol and special events consultant to the Library of Congress, the world’s largest library and cultural center. For 23 years, Mitchell was Director of Special Events and Public Programs at the Library of Congress where she and her staff were responsible for planning and managing over 400 events each year. She coordinated the institution’s major special events, visits of heads of state and other foreign dignitaries, fundraising galas, conferences and meetings. As the Library’s chief protocol advisor, she served as liaison to the White House, U.S Department of State, the Congress, the Supreme Court and other government agencies, foreign embassies, academia and corporations. Mitchell owns The Etiquette Advocate, Inc., a firm providing etiquette and protocol training to corporations, universities, embassies, government agencies, non-profit organizations and individuals. She is the etiquette consultant to Engaged! magazine, has been featured on Good Morning America, Fox 5 News, WTOP Radio and National Public Radio, and is quoted on matters of etiquette and protocol by the New York Times, Washington Business Journal, and the Washington Post. She is a co-owner of the firm, Protocol Partners-Washington Center for Protocol, Inc., and is a member of the Protocol and Diplomacy International Protocol Officers Association and the Women Business Owners of Montgomery Country (MD).

    Host: What should I think about before selecting a gift for a boyfriend or girlfriend?

    Nancy Mitchell: Think about where you are in that relationship. Are you ready to say I love you with those red rose or are you still at the stage where you merely sharing tickets to an event or you are giving them something for your new appointment. It really depends on how far done your relationship is with that person. So, truly one sided is not fit all in any relationship. You want to consider where you are in the relationship what the person like and dislikes are? Stand according to your economic level don t go so, overburdened in a gift when you are trying to impress someone that you put yourself in an awkward situation for paying your bills that month. People will usually know what someone earns you don t want to make recipient uncomfortable knowing that you have spend half a month salary on a gift for them.