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Should you tip your hair dresser? Is it appropriate to give your child's teacher a gift of cash? How do you suggest to your circle of friends that you no longer want to participate in the group's gift-exchange ritual? And what do you do if someone presents you with a gift, but you've got nothing for them?

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Lizzie Post, great-great-granddaughter of etiquette maven Emily Post, will be online Tuesday at noon ET to take your gift giving etiquette questions.

Submit your question now using the comment function on this story now or come back during the live hour and join the conversation below.

Lizzie Post is the author of How Do You Work This Life Thing? (April 2007, Collins). Inspired by Lizzie's own experiences as a college student at the University of Vermont, How Do You Work This Life Thing? is a lifestyle guide for young people living on their own for the first time. Lizzie uses stories of mishaps from her own life, and the lives of her friends, to show the 18-25 year-old crowd the importance of etiquette in building good relationships with bosses, landlords, roommates, neighbors, friends and significant others. She explains that etiquette is truly about building relationships, establishing boundaries and improving your life, not about which fork to use.

Lizzie is a graduate of the Emily Post Children's Train the Trainer Program and has worked with students from second grade through high school teaching table manners, introduction skills, and how etiquette can make a difference.

Lizzie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in art education and currently lives in her native Vermont where she works for The Emily Post Institute.



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