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Awesome Etiquette: The Ebb And Flow Of Gift Giving

When a distant friend sends you a gift, are you obligated to send one back? Is there a tactful way to talk to a friend about stopping the gift exchange?

Friendships, like any relationship, grow and change over time. Gift giving might be a part of how people celebrate birthdays and holidays in some friendships, but over time that can change as well.

What happens when a friendship grows more distant and you don’t want to keep giving gifts, but the other person continues to send them? Is there a tactful way to tell them they don’t need to keep sending gifts and make sure they know you still value their friendship?

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