I always feel awkward, sorta "Uh yeah... thanks!". I figure since I am an adult, with my own money, I'd just buy what I want to own? I don't buy gifts for adults either, maybe a bunch of flowers at random times or something but not just because it's Christmas. I'd find it a bit strange feeling obligated to buy a gift, for example, for my parents - who have way more disposable cash than I do! And how is it really "the thought that counts" when a gift is expected?
Do you buy for the grown-ups?
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19-12-2011 19:43 #1
Anyone else not really *like* getting presents at Xmas?
19-12-2011 19:46 #2
I don't mind buying for others but I generally dislike Xmas and receiving presents. My dh tried to change this by proposing on Xmas day! Still don't like Xmas but he tried!!!
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19-12-2011 19:50 #3
Id rather not buy presents for anyone.
19-12-2011 19:55 #4Senior Member
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Yes. I love getting and giving presents at random but hate the expectations around Christmas and the thoughtless crap that people feel obliged to give you
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No way! I love giving presents and I love receiving them, as long as I have them something to give back Otherwise it just feels awkward.
Really, some things people just won't buy it for themselves, or even know how to eg. one year my nana told me early in the year about how she spent a few months in hospital when she was 11 and that she was given a book in hospital called 'The Otter' and how much she loved and cherished that book and how her aunty who raised her (her mum died when she was 2 from retained placenta after her sister was born) found it so silly that she liked a book so much. She told me that she couldn't even remember what it was about, but would never forget the title...well my sis and I found it online and bought it for her for Christmas that year. She cried she loved it so much and she's nearly 80 so never wants anything but she certainly wouldn't have bought that herself.
I don't like receiving gifts that have no thought put it in to them but otherwise I love it! Nothing better than opening pressies up on Christmas morning! Sure we could do it at another time of the year but Christmas and birthdays are the two times of the year that we allow ourselves to splurge on the budget and spoil those we love.
19-12-2011 20:05 #6
I like giving gifts but it is certainly more enjoyable when you feel inspired rather than obliged. I would rather not receive anything than something that is just going to add to my clutter etc (ps, I don't need another tube of cheap smelly hand cream). I would absolutely rather you give the money to a charity in my name. My MIL buys useless ornamental cheap sh!t from really cheap junk shops, and then throughout the rest of the year comments on the clutter at my house
19-12-2011 21:22 #7
Our family are Christmas addicts, we start finding/planning presents for each other in October, we all start getting ideas/wants from each other and work out who buys what etc , I think it's great fun, people think we are strange as Christmas is "supposed" to be just for kids but my dad always told us Christmas is for everyone to have a day to all feel special and forget about the outside world for a day, and as adults who work hard all year I do think he is right!
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19-12-2011 21:27 #8
Yep I hate it. If I had to pick one I would prefer to give gifts but I'm starting to feel off about how certain people bang on about how much they've spent and trying to top everyone else and to me it just feels like Christmas is lost in a gift grab. I'm more than happy to spend time with my family
20-12-2011 07:35 #9
nope I love receiving gifts but not the ones where they feel like they HAVE to get you a gift
I like the our of the blue really thought out ones that make you feel appreciated
like my babysitting family just gave me a 100 gold class pass and flowers they didn't have to as we have never done gifts before but it was a thankyou from them and it felt so good receiving it thy also aren't the type with lots of money etc
20-12-2011 07:54 #10
Oh, Bah humbug lol.
I buy gifts for everyone I love (including adults) - nothing more I love doing than giving gifts on Christmas Day . I will admit I love receiving them too.
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