It’s too late for it to be useful this year, but maybe this will save someone from the dreaded ugly sweater/gift card to some place random/weird re-gift present next year.
(In case my mom is reading this: Mom, this isn’t passive aggressive. You, as always, knocked it out of the park on Christmas presents this year! I mean I told you not to get me anything and you still got a bunch of stuff, so consider your present duty over for the next year. Birthday presents? What are those?)
When someone gets you a crappy present the usually thought process is “Well…it’s the thought that counts” but honestly unless the person is a slightly senile family member or a co-worker who barely knows you or a small child, the fact that they got you a crappy gift says a lot about how much their thoughts count.
I put a LOT of thought into gifts.
For my mom’s birthday I planned for nearly 6 months what I was going to get her.
I fly by the seat of my pants a little more for Christmas, but I never get something for someone that they don’t need/want. What would be the point?
So, sure, it’s the thought that counts.
If that thought clearly says “I forgot you existed” or “I grabbed the first thing in the bargain bin” or “I bought you a Fry’s gift card when I was grabbing a bottle of wine on my way to Christmas dinner” then that says a lot about the person.
So don’t be the person who thought basically tells someone that they weren’t worth your time.
If all else fails, visa sells gift cards that can be used anywhere.
No one wants a gift card from the grocery store.
Just a little advice for next Christmas.