June 24, 2013 in Features

Annie’s Mailbox: Dine out without gift-card givers

Kathy Mitchell
 

Dear Annie: My wife and I received many gift cards to restaurants as wedding presents last year. We haven’t used them because we are concerned about etiquette.

When we use one of the cards, do we need to invite the person who gave us the card to join us at the restaurant? If so, do we need to cover the cost of their meal? We don’t want to be rude. – Still Newlyweds

Dear Newlyweds: You do not need to invite the gift giver to join you at the restaurant. You wouldn’t invite the gift giver to join you every time you use a place setting or your new mixer, would you? The gift cards are the same. We do recommend, however, that you check to be certain the cards haven’t expired.

Dear Annie: Here is a suggestion for “Suggestions Appreciated,” who doesn’t want guests bringing snow into her house. I have had repair people work in my home, and they brought along paper “booties” that cover their shoes. These are better than slippers. They keep your floors clean and allow you to avoid embarrassing guests by asking them to remove their shoes. – Hope This Helps

Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please email your questions to anniesmailbox @comcast.net, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 737 Third St., Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.


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