DEAR MISS MANNERS: What is proper about gifts given at Christmas -- i.e., a tablet, jewelry or other expensive items -- when there is a breakup two weeks later?
GENTLE READER: Don’t tell Miss Manners that the person who received these presents wasn’t already planning to end the relationship. It is not customary to lavish luxuries on someone you are about to dismiss. On the contrary, it might have been a pathetic attempt to hold on, which the recipient knew was already doomed.
So yes, please give it all back.