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Picture Frame Gift Etiquette

Dear Dr. Dave and Dr. Dee,

I was wondering about the etiquette of giving picture frames. Should the store's picture be replaced in all cases? What type of picture should replace it? Is giving a picture of yourself considered polite?


Puzzled over pictures

Dear Puzzled over pictures,

Generally, a framed picture just of yourself would not be advised as it appears to be a bit self-centered. However, there are exceptions such as a framed senior picture or graduation photo sent to a family member would be a welcome gift. A framed autographed self-photo from a celebrity sent to fan is also considered acceptable.

Yes, the store's picture can be taken out, but does not need to be replaced depending on the occasion of the gift. If you are giving a good friend a picture frame for a birthday present, you could include a fun photo of the two of you.

If the gift is for a special occasion such as a wedding present, then the frame can be personalized with an engraved silver, porcelain, glass or crystal frame with their names and date of the event. One example could be something like:

At the top of the frame the names: Jane & John

At the bottom of the frame the wedding date: June 15, 2009

A photo is not necessary for a wedding present picture frame as the couple can choose their own photo from their wedding day for the frame.

However, including a photo for a milestone anniversary would be thoughtful, especially if it included two photos in a double frame or custom collage single frame with two photos. One picture would be of the couple on their wedding day and the second picture a current photo of the couple. This format would be especially nice for 25th, 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th, and 75th wedding anniversaries.