June 16, 2011
When Life Hands You Lemons
As I was reading this post, I was almost green with envy that her husband had bought her plants, which she felt it was a totally thoughtless gift. I completely understood and felt for her, and I was so tempted to share with her what my husband bought me. I could have made her husband look like a hero, but I didn't. Some things just shouldn't leave your house. I'm sure nobody would believe me anyway.
So, here is some advice I'd like to share about receiving awful gifts. First, try not to look disappointed, disbelieving or disgusted. This is hard to do. I still need LOTS of practice at this. Second, give your husband a list. Be very specific, and don't forget to include where and how he can buy it. This has worked for me in the past. Third, if your list didn't work and your gift is still awful, buy your own gift. After a while, you can really convince yourself that he bought it. Fourth, don't pay him back for his bad judgment. He wasn't trying to be malicious when he bought you the gift, and you never should be when buying him a gift. Lastly, go ahead and buy him something awesome and say nothing about it. If you're the kind of couple who keeps score, this can totally come in handy when you want something big!
This year, I replaced my mother's day gift with this.
Steve: I made your gift for you. I thought it would be more meaningful than a store bought gift.
Me: oh, really? I can't wait to see it (thinking what kind of crap is this?)
Steve: you know how I always call you bunny cup?
Steve: Well, I do.
Me: You have never called me that
Steve: i call you that all the time
Me: No you don't. What does this have to do with my gift?
Steve: I made you a bunny cup!
(hands me a Styrofoam cup with button eyes and nose, a yarn bunny mouth and whiskers, construction paper ears and Easter grass hair.)
I kid you not. This actually happened. That was still better than this year's Mother's Day gift!
What is the worst gift you ever received?