Christmas gift

My daughters boyfriend of eight months parents sent us a Christmas gift. I never saw parents of boyfriend and girlfriend exchange gifts. Just met the father a few weeks ago but not the mother. They probably spent about $100 on Omaha steak products. I don't know what to give back in return.

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Gift Received
by: Ms P Etiquette

Hello parent,

While one does not see this type of exchange often, it happens. Unfortunately, receiving an unexpected gift may cause confusion for the recipients because it is not based on an existing friendship. An appropriate response is a handwritten thank you note mentioning that you are looking forward to meeting the mother soon and getting to know them both in the coming year. No gift is required. The note as I described here is the well mannered action to take.

Ms. Practical Etiquette

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