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Miss Manners by Judith Martin, Nicholas Ivor Martin and Jacobina Martin

Making the Most Polite Mess Possible

DEAR MISS MANNERS: Should one place money inside when giving a gift of a wallet or purse?

GENTLE READER: No. Even if Miss Manners did not already object to cash gifts, she notes that it is preferable to make a present look new, rather than lived-in. And to avoid leaving the recipient with the fear that he has picked your pocket.