Receipt of an Overly Generous Gift

My wife and I helped a friend and neighbor load and move some items on their moving day for about 4 hours. We were happy to help as they were in a pinch and had to be out of the house that afternoon. This friend dropped off a thank you card with a $100 gift card. While we appreciate the card and giftcard we feel it is way too much and are not comfortable accepting such a gift. We helped out only as a favor for a long time friend. Any advice would be appreciated.

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Gift Acceptance
by: Ms P Etiquette

Dear Overly Generous Gift,

Accepting this gift from your neighbor is very appropriate. Be gracious when thanking him for his generosity. You may mention that you did not expect any reward for your assistance but DO NOT mention that it is too expensive since doing so would be very poor manners indeed. Gratitude and grace are the hallmarks of the well mannered recipient.

Enjoy it!

Ms Practical Etiquette

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