If an engagement is broken off, what happens to the engagement ring? Normally it should be returned to the person who gave it. The ring usually is viewed as a gift given in anticipation of marriage. If the marriage will not occur, the condition upon which the gift was given has been removed, so the gift should be returned.
If the parties have given each other presents during their relationships such as birthday presents or holiday presents, those gifts normally do not have to be returned. Those presents usually would be viewed as unconditional gifts, such as those between friends. Once the gift is given, the recipient is entitled to keep it, unless the person making the gift placed a clear condition when presenting the gift.
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