Getting a Gift You Hate

With the holiday season upon us, I find it fitting to write about this.

I love getting gifts. I enjoy it as much as you do. Admit it: you love getting gifts. Not to sound materialistic, but they are one of the best reasons for the season.

But what about gifts that we hate?

Useless gifts are the bane of the gift-giving season. They are unenjoyable, sometimes thoughtless, and without a doubt, tragic.

The most worthless gift to me is a gift card to a store I rarely/never shop at. Like the Gap. I don’t shop at the Gap, so please don’t get me a gift card from the Gap. It’s not too much to ask, is it?

So, here’s an important tip: get people gift cards from stores they can use them at. Not stores they can’t.

I also hate receiving clothes that don’t fit, or are completely out of my style zone. They suck because I’m never going to wear them, and I end up having to return them for something I will wear. That’s not the point of a gift. The point is to get something the person will use/wear/cherish. At least, that’s what I believe.

I really try to get useful gifts for people. If you can’t think of anything useful for me, just don’t get me anything. Or give me money. Money is thoughtless, but it will allow me to buy something useful. Therefore, in essence, you have given me something useful, which fulfills at least one aspect of gift-giving. Right?

Anything edible is out of the question too. It’s thoughtless. Candy doesn’t do anything for me. It’s a useless, wasteful gift that nobody will really care about or remember. Why bother?

Take it upon yourself this holiday season to buy useful, thoughtful gifts. Really try to get something people will enjoy to open. After all, the look on someone’s face when they get a gift they like is much different (more fulfilling to you) than when they get a gift they hate. Put some thought into your gifts.

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18 Responses to “Getting a Gift You Hate”


  1. 1 Ghetto Owl December 4, 2010 at 6:02 PM

    My boyfriend hates all gift cards haha. It is that time of year when he goes on and on and on about hating gift cards. I personally love them!

    Here’s to hoping your gifts are useful! Good luck!!

  2. 2 S. Claus December 5, 2010 at 11:46 PM

    ….I bring gifts to millions of boys and girls and you know what I say to that: be grateful you’re getting crap at all because there are poor children who’d love to get clothes out of style.

  3. 4 Greg December 8, 2010 at 4:39 PM

    If you look at the cheap stuff they put in the gift aisle’s it’s all really worthless. Coffee makers, stupid clothes, gloves hats, mittens, all a big waste, I told everyone just don’t buy me anything a long time ago.

    Well buy me a case of beer, or a case of mountain dew and that will make me happy.

  4. 5 Chris - Image Host December 8, 2010 at 11:15 PM

    I end up feeling bad for some reason when a person gives me a gift I don’t want. Though the gift isn’t what matters. What matters is you’re special enough that that person got a gift for you.

    • 6 Andrew December 9, 2010 at 2:07 PM

      I always feel bad too. It’s a terrible feeling because you have to fake happiness. But, you shouldn’t have to fake it because, like you said, you should feel good that you’re special enough to receive a gift (and I agree with that 100%!)

  5. 7 auntbethany December 9, 2010 at 3:08 PM

    I kind of have to disagree with you on the whole “food” giving idea. If you are baking for someone in the first place, you should probably be baking something you KNOW they’ll love, otherwise, yes…it isn’t a useful gift (why on earth I would enjoy raisin cookies which are dry is beyond me). But, if you select your recipes carefully and cater to the gift recipient, I’ve found that baked goods can make for wonderful presents. My friend who has a kettle corn fetish almost fell over last Christmas when I presented her with an entire tin filled with the stuff.

    I have cousins who insist on buying my useless gifts, usually tacky and tasteless clothing. I never, EVER wear them, and I have to wonder if they let Stevie Wonder do their shopping for them. Why spend money on something that you have NO IDEA if I’m going to like? Gift card, please!

  6. 9 max December 9, 2010 at 11:30 PM

    Clothes are the worst. I got a snuggie and I hate those things with a passion

  7. 10 lindsey December 10, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    ^ I love my snuggie! Haha .. I hate shopping for gifts for people .. Because I’m always afraid of this. Spending my money on them and having them not like it .. Like I know I should find something they like but I don’t know!! Its pretty sad considering I have no idea what to get for my dad

  8. 11 Eric Shaun December 11, 2010 at 7:30 AM

    The best gift? Getting them a session with Monkey Alan (askmonkeyalan.blogspot.com) lmao

  9. 12 Jeff December 15, 2010 at 8:10 AM

    I HATE gift cards. All of them. Just give cash if you are going to give a gift card. I got a American Express gift card once, you know, the card that is good everywhere! That’s cash! Hey, if you are too lazy to pick out a gift, forget it.

  10. 13 roe December 15, 2010 at 6:29 PM

    I totally agree that gifts are for expressing good wish not as a necessity for commercial christmas

  11. 14 No. Shan't. December 17, 2010 at 8:45 PM

    I very much dislike Christmas due to the present aspect. I despise buying presents, since even when I try to be thoughtful, it all goes wrong – no idea if the person owns the thing, if they’ll like it, how much I should spend on the gift. As for receiving gifts, one day I will not put on a fake smile as I see another useless piece of junk or hideous piece of clothing or jewellery.

    Instead of acting like such a lovely, non-materialistic person and telling everyone I don’t want anything, or don’t know what I want, I tell them what I want. Makes life so much simpler, plus most of the time it’s money.

  12. 15 Lynn December 22, 2010 at 1:19 PM

    I disagree with some of that. Food, or anything that gets used up, is an excellent gift. It never ends up taking up space at the back of the closet. I wouldn’t mind at all getting candy or tea myself.

    Also don’t entirely agree about gift cards to stores where I never shop but it depends. Sometimes it’s nice to go somewhere different and a gift card gives me a little incentive. Generally though, I would prefer to get an actual gift, not money or a gift card.

  13. 16 Nova December 26, 2010 at 4:37 PM

    There is nothing worse then the gift card or voucher that requires you to actually top it up to get anything decent so all in all your out of pocket!!

  14. 17 funny-wait? December 27, 2010 at 11:04 PM

    Love watching somebody open something that is totally lame, and they try to smile like they really like it! =)

  15. 18 jeremiah December 30, 2010 at 12:12 AM

    I totally love this blog. And AuntB comment rocked


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