Gifts from Relatives
A gift from a relative is acceptable (House Rule XXV, clause 5(a)(3)(C)). This provision incorporates the definition of the term relative that is provided in the Ethics in Government Act (5 U.S.C. app. 4 § 109(16)):
“relative” means an individual who is related to the [official] as father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, great aunt, great uncle, first cousin, nephew, niece, husband, wife, grandfather, grandmother, grandson, granddaughter, father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, stepfather, stepmother, stepson, stepdaughter, stepbrother, stepsister, half brother, half sister, or who is the grandfather or grandmother of the spouse of the [official], and shall be deemed to include the fiancé or fiancée of the [official].
Fiancés and fiancées are included in this definition, and thus engagement rings and other gifts exchanged by engaged couples are acceptable under this provision. However, a gift may not be accepted under this provision when a relative of a Member, officer, or employee is merely passing along a gift from some other person.