Every year most of us are faced with it: we are presented with a gift that we don’t like, don’t want, can’t use, doesn’t fit, is just plain ugly, don’t understand, whatever, and we delude the gift giver with our most sincerest “oohs”, “aahs”, “thank you so much” and “Wow! I would never have bought this for myself” statements. Believe it or not, a whopping 73% of us fake it when it comes to liking a gift.
Like many others, I’ve had my fair share of “bad prezzies”. Most of them have come from my husband who, over the years, has learned not to give me dish towels or anything kitchen-based for Christmas. The worst gift I ever received was also from him. It was before we were married. I think it may have been the first or second Christmas we were together. He presented me with a box of tissues.
I guess it was really the thought that mattered because at the time I had a nasty cold. Understand it wasn’t his only gift to me that year but just the fact that he gave me tissues….well, I married the guy anyway. That was over twenty years ago and honestly I don’t recall if the tissues were plain Kleenex or Puffs. We laugh about it now. And we laugh about the year he was going to give me bubble wrap because he felt I could use it since at the time I was selling a lot of things on Ebay. This gift gaffe occurred after we were married. Luckily I called him on it before he actually gave it to me as a gift.
I could’ve seen the conversation between me and my friends:
THEM: “So, what did your husband give you for Christmas?”
ME: “Bubble wrap.”
THEM: “Oooh. The gift that keeps on giving all year long. POP! POP! POP!”
As recipients of gifts we don’t like, don’t want, can’t use, don’t understand, don’t fit, are just plain ugly or whatever the reason, I feel we have the right to politely say to the gift giver “thanks but no thanks”, ask for the receipt and return the crappy gift for something we really want.
You know, something like this:
Here’s hoping all the gifts you receive this year are everything you truthfully ever wanted. No fakin’ it this year!