Today Show: Advice: Gift Returns & New Years Eve Parties


Today Show: Harriette Cole & Philip Galanes Advice

The Today Show co-hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb welcomed Philip Galanes, author of “Social Q’s: How to Survive the Quirks, Quandaries and Quagmires of Today”, and life stylist Harriette Cole to the set for a round of Advice on everything from New Years Eve Parties to Gift Returns. Check out the great tips below.

Today Show: Gift Returns Advice

Today Show: New Years Party Advice

Today Show: New Years Party Advice


Let’s say you get the ugliest gift ever — without tags or store information — but it’s from a close family member. Is it OK to ask the gift giver where he or she got the gift, with the obvious hint being you are planning to return the gift?

The experts say no. You simply “get what you get” for the holidays and shouldn’t be that upset. Smile, nod your head, and place the present away for a later date. You can give it to Goodwill or a friend, but don’t actually ask the person for store information. This holds true especially for family members — it’s really just not worth the hard feelings it could create.

Kathie Lee & Hoda: New Years Eve Dinner Advice

Imagine your best friend is throwing a New Years Eve dinner party. You RSVP’d months ago, but find out mere days before the big event that the man or woman of your dreams is at another party. Can you ditch your good friend?


No! Best case scenario: attend both parties, say the experts. Call or email your good friend ahead of time and say you have to leave early, or simply can’t stay the entire time. It’s fairly common to attend multiple parties on New Years, so it shouldn’t be that big of a deal — just never ditch the good friend entirely. Another option: if he or she really is your best friend, be honest. More than likely they would love to see you happily meet up with that dream person. Hoda said she would certainly send Kathie Lee on her way in that scenario, and Kathie Lee agreed to do the same — in theory, anyway.

Today Show: Co-Worker Party Advice

What happens if you see a party posted on Facebook that is hosted by a co-worker. Virtually everyone in the office is invited but yourself. Should you bring this up to the host?

Get over it, the exerts say. If you’re the only one not going it probably says something about the relationship. Bringing it up won’t help, the best thing to do is work towards building that bond, so maybe you get the invite next year. One other option: casually mention something along the lines of “I hope you have a great party”. Maybe they just forgot to add your name. I don’t really like that idea, it could come across as pretty obvious. What are your opinions? Leave your best strategy for this situation in the comments section below.



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