Topic: Gifting



In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: Gifting. First, go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

bridal / baby shower a party where gifts are given to a woman who is going to be married or have a baby
e.g. We are throwing a bridal shower for Sarah.
wrapping a thin piece of paper, plastic, fabric, etc., that covers or surrounds something to protect it
e.g. She tore the wrapping off the present.
gift receipt If you request a gift receipt, this is the receipt that the person picking up the order will receive at the store, whether it’s you or your designated pickup person. The gift receipt does not show the cost of items but can be used for returns.
e.g. You can make an exchange with the gift receipt.
gift card /
gift certificate (US) /
gift voucher or gift token (UK)
a prepaid stored-value money card usually issued by a retailer or bank to be used as an alternative to cash for purchases within a particular store or related businesses
e.g. Macy’s gift card
window shop to walk in front of stores and look at the products displayed in the windows without buying anything
e.g. I like to window-shop when I’m in the city.
Black Friday the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States (the fourth Thursday of November). Since 1932, it has been regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season in the U.S., and most major retailers open very early (and more recently during overnight hours) and offer promotional sales.
e.g. Shopping on Black Friday is very tiring.
gift registry a list kept by a store of the things that someone wants as gifts
e.g. What are you getting for the couple? I just picked an item on their wedding registry.
giveaway something that is given away free
e.g. The store is offering coffee mugs as a free giveaway to attract new customers.
regift act of taking a gift that has been received and giving it to somebody else, sometimes in the guise of a new gift. One example of a formalization of this activity is the white elephant gift exchange in which items can be regifted from year to year.
e.g. Never regift handmade or one-of-a-kind items.
personalized to change or design (something) for a particular person — usually used as (be) personalized
e.g. You can receive personalized service at the salon.


Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  1. Do you like giving gifts?
  2. What was the best birthday gift you ever had?
  3. What sort of gifts do people buy for the bridal couple?
  4. Have you ever received a strange gift? What was it?
  5. Is gift giving common to all cultures? Why?
  6. Can you think of any examples of animals giving gifts?
  7. Do you prefer to receive money or a gift? Why?
  8. What do you think of homemade gifts?
  9. Is it really only the thought that counts?
  10. Someone said, “Presents are made for the pleasure of who gives them, not the merits of who receives them.” What do you think?


Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.


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