Giving and receiving presents in English

30 Apr

What can you say to give and receive presents in English? English families generally open presents together and these are some common phrases.

When you are giving a present to someone you know well

This is for you.
I thought you might like this for Christmas…
It’s only something small, but I hope you like it.
I thought this might go well with your (new dress / Prada bag..)


Thank you so much! It’s lovely / fantastic / wonderful.
It’s something I’ve always wanted!
Wow! What a thoughtful present!

If you don’t like something

Thank you so much!
How kind of you!
It’s lovely, thank you!

What to write on present tags

To (name) with love from (name)
WIshing you a happy birthday, love (name)
With our love to you, (names of givers)
On a present to a non-family member
With best wishes for a happy Christmas, (name)

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Posted by on April 30, 2011 in Speaking English


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