Everyday Etiquette – Engagement Gifts for Children

Question:

Is it proper etiquette when engaging a woman with children to give them some sort of gift when getting engaged?

Craig

The Everyday Etiquette Answer:

Craig,

Congratulations on your engagement!

I think it would be a nice gesture to give each child something small but meaningful. I would not spend a great deal of money, as you will be setting a precedent. Another thing that you could do is arrange to do something special with each child individually (lunch, movie, trip to the park, etc.) A gift of your time would be the BEST gift as it says to the child that you want to get to know them better. Of course, all of these suggestions may need to be modified according to the child’s age and interests.

Ms. Carey

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