So I feel like I’ve been talking a lot about presents lately, and I’m sorry. But, it’s almost Christmas, so this will soon be over. Anyway, I’m really impatient when it comes to most things. This is a trait that’s not so endearing, and when it comes to giving gifts I’m impatient about that too. Meaning that if I buy someone a gift and I see them before Christmas, I’m probably going to make them open it. I get so excited about seeing them open something I hope they’ll like that I just can’t wait. And, the same is true if they have a gift for me before Christmas and I know about it. I REALLY want to open it. So basically this is my long way of saying that Sean and I already exchanged presents because I couldn’t wait–both to give and receive.
He was super excited about his guitar. He immediately started playing it, and I think I’ve heard it everyday since. I’m not complaining either. I love to see him enjoying what I got him. So then it was time for me to open mine. I had no idea what it was.
Well, I rip open the package and pull out a little necklace. Oh, and we had a budget for presents this year, and I knew he’d spent close to the maximum of our budget for this necklace. Now, here’s a backstory…I had this little dainty gold heart necklace that I loved. I wore it almost everyday and I recently lost it. I’ve been going on and on about this necklace. I knew this was Sean’s way of replacing it. He even wrote a little note to say how he hoped this heart necklace would be my new favorite. It was so sweet.
But, I knew it wasn’t going to be my favorite. And, in a span of about 3 seconds I either had to feign joy over my new necklace, or tell him the truth and risk hurting his feelings. I knew that he was trying SO hard to pick out something I liked, but I didn’t like it. I also knew that he’d spent a decent amount of money. Ugh. I decided to be honest and tell him that although it was pretty, it wasn’t really my style. I felt awful about it. He seemed upset at first, but then he told me that he understood and would prefer for me to have something that I like. Phew!
Although I felt really bad telling him I didn’t like what he picked out, I was so glad that I was honest. What do you do when someone gives you a gift that isn’t your ideal? Are you honest, or do you act like you love it?