Nancy MitchellNancy 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 are the best baby gifts?
Nancy Mitchell: Well, we are all fortunate now that many, many couples are registering for baby gifts, just as people do for wedding gifts. So that s very, very helpful. We ll know that if we select something off their registry, if something they want they need and they will like.
So the best gifts are the ones that they have ask for themselves and registered for. Other keep sake gifts are engraved cups or bowls that truly will be common air loom item within their family. But then think about the gift of your time making, the gift of your friendship. Let s say you are going to tuck into your card, congratulating them that you will have up to five evenings where you ll baby sit for them or you bring food when they come back from the hospital with the baby or you ask if there any services that you can help them with.
You can be so creative with baby gifts. You can also establish a scholarship if you were able to, economically. You can give savings bonds. You can give in some way that the baby is not going to outgrow your gift as it will a blanket or a jumpsuit or something that in six months they will not be able to fit into.
Think about the relationship to the couple, your economic means and giving something that is very special when you are close to the couple.