June 07, 2006

Impersonal Gifts

I'm sure other people would love to have this problem but ...

I'm so sick of getting money and gifts cards as presents.

Between graduation and my birthday I've gotten far fewer gifts than monetary donations. Don't get me wrong, I'm not turning down anyone's money ... but from some people, I just expect more.

Dad? Amex Gift Cheques. I thought better of him than that ...

Ex's parents? A personal check. Makes sense ... we don't interact much anymore.

Lil Bro? Amazon Gift Code. Seriously? The store that markets itself as having everything? Really?

Cousin I've never met? B&N Gift card. Thanks for thinking of me ... books are always nifty.

So I'm frustrated on two levels:
1. The people that should know me well enough to at least pick a particular store to get a gift card from are the people that go just one step past sending me cash. How much forethought and planning did that require? Just exactly how impersonal were you trying to be?

2. I hate Amazon. They may have a website with everything under the sun but I can't ever find what I want actually IN STOCK! Plus, I have issues with not being able to touch certain things. For example, if I go buy myself a stand mixer like I've been wanting, I want to know what the finish on it feels like. It matters. I want to know before hand how hard getting caked on flour is going to be. AND, if I go out and find in a brick and mortar store what I want, I have to go home and pay shipping on it instead of being able to buy it right there and taking it home.

Grrr ...

Posted by Princess Cat at June 7, 2006 04:10 PM @ 04:10 PM in Random Much? // Permalink | TrackBack

Well, personally I prefer cash as a graduation/wedding gift. For birthdays, yeah, something different would be nice, but I'm the kind of person who buys stuff if they want it so it's rare that I'm given something I want/don't already have.

If you get married, I'll be giving you cash. Fuck the stuff on your registry. I know you can just trade that stuff back in for store credit. With cash, you can tip the bellhops when you are on your honeymoon.

Posted by: Dorothy at June 8, 2006 02:13 AM

.. goodness... I'm glad I haven't picked out a gift yet then....

Posted by: Eric at June 8, 2006 09:37 PM

Not just that, but it would be nice to get something you could keep to remind you of your graduation and in celebration!

Posted by: Sissy at June 10, 2006 12:14 AM

Hey hot stuff. We are having a BBQ at noon here at Walter Reed at the Mologne House...
Please feel free to drop in with yo bad self... I got a personal gift for ya....well not really, but Ill think of one :)

Posted by: Sgt Allen at June 10, 2006 10:23 AM

You could just be happy that people felt enough of you to give you a gift, regardless of what it is, and realize that you ended the day with more than you began with.

I once felt sorry for someone who didn't like the gift her Dad got her, until I met someone who's Dad was dead and gone.

Posted by: Barry at June 11, 2006 03:39 PM

Ex's parents? The same guy we went to play pool with? Does that mean you are single...wink nod...nudge :)

Posted by: Sgt Allen at June 14, 2006 03:28 AM