How to Open Presents Politely

It's your birthday or perhaps Christmas and Mom says it's present time! You're eager to open everything but don't want to look rude, how can you do this? This article will explain how to be polite when opening gifts or presents.


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    Sit down to open presents and open them one at a time. There is no rush to open your gifts, and it seems like you just want what's inside of them if you rush through them.
    • Decide which present you'd like to open first, and open the wrapping paper slowly. This will build up suspense, and seem as if it really is a great present once you finally see it.
    • If it's in a bag, pull the tissue paper out slowly and place it beside of you. Don't rip it out and throw it behind you. Again, rushing through the bag to get your present seems as if you are rushing to get the present inside.
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    Read the card first. Reading the card first seems appreciative towards the person who gave you the present.
    • If the card is homemade, compliment the person on their artwork, saying how much you love the designs.
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    When seeing the present, try to express how much you love the gift. Explain how the gift was "Just what you wanted" or "Perfect".
    • Try to be specific. It sounds as if you really like the gift if you explain why the present is good. It sounds more thankful to express yourself.
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    Offer an enormous thank you to the giver of the present. Expressing thanks tells them that the gift is good.
    • If appropriate, you may want to offer the giver of the gift a hug or a kiss.


  • If a gift is not what you wanted, it is still important to be polite.
  • Depending on who gives you a gift, your approach may be different. Say things you think the other person would find sweet.


  • If you make too big a deal out of this, people may not believe you. Keep it simple, but not too simple.

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