Ever put off going gift shopping until the very last moment? Ever been too lazy to go shop for a gift? Ever been too pressed for time to buy a gift? Ever totally forgotten to buy a gift? We’ve all been guilty of one or more of the above. And while we’re only human, these horrid scenarios usually lead to an unforgivable sin. The sin of re-gifting!
Well, gifting can be tricky, is usually time consuming and let’s face it – no one REALLY enjoys it. We’ve all been guilty of re-gifting, and so many of us have faced the shame of being caught. But, if you’re feeling bad about your gifting prowess or lack thereof, these re-gifting horror stories shared by our readers (identities kept anonymous for obvious reasons) are definitely going to crack you up.
- You’ve Been Framed!
‘At my wedding shower, I received a beautifully wrapped gift from my college friend Priya who was a newlywed herself at the time. I unwrapped the package and in it was a gorgeous, carved sterling silver photo frame. I exclaimed in delight at the extravagant gift while Priya beamed with pride. A moment later, I turned it over and saw the inscription – ‘Congratulations Priya & Rahul’. Priya hasn’t been able to look me in the eye ever since.’ – Anonymous.
- Point Noted
‘I was helping my then boyfriend move homes last summer. While packing up his room, he casually asked me if I wanted some unused notebooks, which was going to throw away. I said yes and he handed me a beautiful leather bound set. The exact set that I had gifted him for his birthday that year. I discarded him before he could discard my gift!’ – Anonymous.
- Mother Chucker
‘Generosity is not one of my mother in law’s strong suites. So when she gifted me a vintage sari for my 35th birthday, needless to say I was shocked. I proudly wore it to a family function during which my sister in law asked me why I was wearing old clothes that she had asked her mother to give away. That was the last thing I ever accepted from my mother in law.’ – Anonymous.
- Cheap Much?
‘I have a cousin who lives in New York, works in fashion and thinks no end of herself. Once her vacation plans happened to coincide with my birthday. She made a huge deal about gifting me a designer dress that cost loads of dollars in front of all my friends and family during my birthday dinner. I went home, checked out the dress, which had lipstick stains and stank of BO. I even saw photos of her in the dress on Facebook.’ – Anonymous.
- Santa’s Dirty Secret
‘Our office plays Secret Santa every Christmas. Last year I received an expensive box of chocolates from one of my colleagues. The box had been opened and then repackaged clumsily, and a lot of the chocolates had fingerprints on them. She better hope I’m not her Secret Santa next year!’ – Anonymous.
Gifting is hard, and there isn’t enough time and patience to please everyone. So the next time you need to buy a gift, get a Zokudo e-gift card. You don’t have to worry about standing in lines, you can buy it at any hour, it’s instantly delivered, and the best part it that the recipient HAS to like it. Why? Because Zokudo has 70+ brands that the recipient can choose from to redeem the card. Happy gifting!