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In the English language, the terms ‘present’ and ‘gift’ share a common definition: an item given from one person to another as an act of kindness. Nevertheless, these two words are employed in distinct situations. For instance, you’ll encounter phrases employing ‘gift,’ such as ‘an anniversary gift,’ ‘a Mother’s Day gift,’ ‘a Valentine’s Day gift,’ and more. In contrast, you’ll need to use ‘present’ in phrases like ‘a Birthday present,’ ‘a Christmas present,’ ‘a wedding present,’ and so on.

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English phrases about giving gifts

To present a gift gracefully to a friend or colleague, it’s beneficial to become familiar with some English expressions. You don’t need to commit a vast array of English greetings and poems to memory.

Just understanding one or two of the following sentences will suffice.

  • I got you something. I hope you like it.
  • Look what I have for you!
  • It’s just something small, but I hope you like it.
  • I thought you might like this for…
  • Happy Birthday!
  • Enjoy!
  • It’s only something small, but I hope you like it.
  • Here’s a little present for you.
  • Guess what I bought you!

Politely accepting a gift

Regardless of whether you appreciate the gift or find it disappointing, it’s important not to express your dissatisfaction or discontent. Instead, express gratitude to the person.

  • Oh, that’s so kind/nice of you.
  • Oh, you didn’t have to do that.
  • Wow! What a thoughtful present.
  • That’s so thoughtful of you. Thank you so much.
  • It’s lovely / wonderful / fantastic.
  • It’s something I have always wanted. Thank you!
  • Thank you so much!
  • That’s so kind!
  • You shouldn’t have!
  • Thank you! It’s beautiful.
  • I love it! I’ll put it on/hang it up/… immediately.
  • That is so thoughtful of you. It matches my…perfectly!
  • How did you know I’ve always wanted a…to go with my…?
  • Thank you. I really needed a…
  • Fantastic! I’ve been thinking about getting a…
  • This is exactly what I needed. Now, I can…
  • How kind of you! I’ve always wanted to see…in concert/at the movies/at an exhibition.

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