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Do you like gifts? I assume you do, otherwise I don’t know why you’d be reading this blog (unless to satisfy some hateful curiosity). But how do you like your gifts? Do you like to know what they are far in advance, and suffer anxiety if presented with a wrapped box with no idea of what’s inside? Or do you love a good old fashioned surprise?
I recently began to ponder this topic after my husband complained that I’m a terrible person to buy surprise gifts for. At first I took offense – What do you mean you think I don’t like getting gifts? Has this been unduly handicapping my holiday seasons? – but then I realized what he meant, and he was totally right. I am a really bad surprise gift receiver because I always want to know in advance what’s inside. It actually makes the whole experience much better for me.
Actually my ideal gift most of the time is one that I’ve picked out myself, or at the very least come from a pre-approved wish list. I know, I know, it sounds horrible and so unromantic, it’s not like in romantic comedies the dude is going off and checking some Excel spreadsheet before making his Big Sweet Gesture. And I was really embarrassed about this, because I thought it made me sound like a materialistic monster, until I confided to a few (girl) friends, and it turns out….they’re all the same way too! Basically 90% of the women I’ve asked so far have confessed that they would all rather know in advance the exact, or at least general, nature of gifts they’re receiving.
Now that being said…I LOVE giving surprise gifts. There’s nothing more pleasing that finding the perfect item for someone, and surprising them with it, and seeing that happy look on their face. But then again, maybe they might even be happier if I stuck to their wishlist? Whoa. I’ll have to think about that.
What kind of gift receiver and giver are you? Do you like surprises? Or do you have to know?