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There are presents and gifts for all sorts of occasions: wedding presents; birthday presents; Mother's Day presents; graduation gifts and so on.


  • Do you like wrapping presents? Are you good at it? Do you make more of an effort at Christmas?
  • Do you set a limit on how much you're going to spend on a present or do you just buy what you think the person will like?
  • When you travel abroad, do people expect you to return with gifts? Do you ever buy last-minute gifts at the airport? Why/why not?
  • Do you like choosing presents for people or is it something you find difficult and time-consuming?
  • Do you prefer giving or receiving presents?
  • What's the most original or unexpected present you've ever received?
  • Do you buy presents for children before they are born?
  • In your society, do people sometimes wait until a child is born before buying presents?
  • Do you choose the colour of the baby's clothes depending on whether it's a boy or a girl?
  • Do you buy/get any presents for St. Valentine's Day?
  • Do you ever get presents that you don't like? What do you do/did with them?

Holiday presents[edit]

  • In some countries they give presents before Christmas and in others afterwards. What's the tradition in your country?
  • Are there any gift-giving holidays in your country?

Other presents[edit]

  • Do you usually take a little present, something like flowers or a box of chocolates, with you when you go to visit someone?

Wedding presents[edit]

  • What value gifts are usually given as wedding presents in your society? Expensive? Inexpensive?
  • What do you think about the idea of giving money as a wedding present?
  • Should people return wedding presents if they get divorced? Why, why not?
  • What do you think of the idea of wedding registries - a list of the presents the "happy couple" wants to receive?

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