Just eight days until Christmas.
Eight days to get yourself in a panic when you unexpectedly receive a gift from someone and having nothing to give in return but your thanks.
Eight days to think “it’s just not enough” and heat up your credit card with impulse purchases.
Eight days to buy a bad gift.
A gift that doesn’t show you care about or know the receiver well.
A gift that instead of saying, I’m grateful for our friendship and appreciate you, says, I originally bought this for the dog walker, remember when we had a dog a few years back?, but forgot to give it to them and thought I would wrap it up and keep on hand should I be without a gift to reciprocate with.
Here are ten signs you’re about to give a bad gift:
1. It was purchased at a convenience store en route to a party.
2. It was sourced from a present stash: a closet the giver keeps stocked with random things they find on sale or that they bought for themselves, didn’t like and couldn’t return.
3. Accompanying gift receipt from the As Seen on TV store.
4. The gift giver says they really wanted it for themselves and are wistful when the gift is opened.
5. It’s a regift and the giver is as surprised by what’s under the wrapping paper as the receiver is.
6. The item has this slogan on it: “my _____ went to ______ and all I got was this lousy ______ .”
7. The gift is Poo-Pourri.
8. Two words: Christmas Cake
9. The gifts are given out en masse to open at the same time because “everyone’s getting the same thing this year.” Meaning the five year-old nephew and the 65 year-old grandmother are both getting their very own Elf on a Shelf.
10. It was purchased pre-wrapped.
You have eight days to avoid all of this.
Take a deep breath and repeat after me: I will not let myself give useless and meaningless last minute gifts this year.
I will not buy someone something just because they bought me something.
I will not keep a pre-wrapped box of chocolates on hand just in case someone ambushes me with a gift even though we had agreed that we weren’t buying each other anything this year.
I will be gracious and thankful in receiving a gift and tell the person how much I appreciate them and that will be enough.
Anyone been tempted to buy last minute “just in case” gifts yet? Or received a gift when you had nothing to give in return except a hug?