No gifts please! But your friend brings one; is this good or bad etiquette?

no gifts please

No gifts please!

You decide to state, “No Gifts Please” for an occasion you are hosting, but then a friend brings one anyway. Is this poor etiquette?

So, firstly, when a host states no presents please, it’s an instruction!

Secondly, as a guest, ignoring a ‘no gifts please’ request risks embarrassing the other person and other guests. It is made worse when you have agreed with another person that you will not be buying each other a Birthday/Christmas/Easter gift, abide by the rule, and then the other party arrives with a present.

Are they simply being generous? Or is there an element of one-upmanship? Either way, it’s poor etiquette to ignore a ‘no gifts please’ instruction, and this video explains why and what to do should this situation arise.

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