Have you ever bought a Christmas present for someone and used it yourself?

I'm loving them! - peppermint patties
United States
December 17, 2007 6:45pm CST
My mother loves to snack on chocolate candy so I bought her 4 bags of different kinds that she likes and put them into a Christmas bag along with another one of her smaller gifts. I'm sitting here tonight and all of a sudden I got a craving for chocolate...of which I have none of in the house...EXCEPT...yes, you got it! 4 bags under the tree! There's always tomorrow right? So, I took one of the bags that happens to be filled with dark chocolate covered peppermint patties and put it in front of me....and opened it!! Now I'm sitting here happy as I can be and no more craving! Tomorrow I will replace the bag and probably get 2 more to go with it! Have you ever done anything like this with someone's Christmas gift? Have you bought something for someone that you could use and ended up using it? If there's enough time left it can always be replaced right? Right!!!
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
18 Dec 07
hehehe I confess... yes I have. In some cases I did replace it in some others I didn't. A few years back I bought something - don't even ask my what because I don't remember LOL - for my mother in law and the more I looked at it the more I felt that I wanted it and that in the end she didn't deserve it anyways - I know mean , mean arkaf LOL . So I kept it, didn't even replace it. But usually I do replace it or get something else for that same person.
• United States
18 Dec 07
lol....very funny story! I'm sure you ended up getting something for your mother in law that year!
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
18 Dec 07
Yeah.. but not half as good :) I know, that was mean.. but I was hurt so I kind of have a small excuse :)
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
18 Dec 07
Aw you not feeling guilty are you?hee hee..Yes i have done things like that too.I have bought a whole christmas present for someone else and i wanted it so i kelp it and replaced it,no big deal...No chocolate is safe in my house ,i tend to eat it...I bought my brother candy for christmas and a shirt but i bought 2 boxes of candy cause i know me, and it would not have been safe..haha...So you just sit there and eat your chocolate and be happy, and yes tommorro is another day and you can replace it..I am sure we have all done something like that before..besides Mom don't know shhhhhhhh, don't tell...
• United States
18 Dec 07
I'm so happy to hear that I'm not the only one! Yes, I did enjoy it and I'm getting ready to go out to the store to replace it this afternoon.
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
19 Dec 07
Guess what i did today? I made a big pan of fudge.It turned out great....If you were here i would give you a huge hunk of it..
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
18 Dec 07
LOL! I understand how those cravings can get, ctry. Your discussion is so timely because I had purchased this nice bracelet for a friend(this month), and once it arrived I decided that I had to have it for myself. It's not quite as bad as it sounds though, because I had already purchased another gift for her, so I will be keeping the bracelet for myself and she gets the other one. Your mom will come out on top because that little bit of guilt you have over eating her candy is going to make you buy her more.
• United States
18 Dec 07
I can understand the bracelet too. As long as you have something else for your friend your covered. My mother is probably going to also get something extra because I was just looking at the flyer for the store I'm going to and saw something I've been wanting to get her and it's on sale. I probably wouldn't have bought it if I wasn't going to the store for that candy!
@Sissygrl (10915)
• Canada
18 Dec 07
xmas present - grill em!
I can't say that i Have dont that.. but i have bought my huubby something this year that he not only has said he wanted but something that we can use around the house! Is that bad for me to take advantage of the situation like that? I know he has said he wanted the item MANY times, but i KNOW i will use it more then he will.
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• United States
18 Dec 07
lol....you are too funny! I don't think it's bad taking that advantage but then again I just ate my mothers candy! lolol....
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
18 Dec 07
Hehe....oh, yup I've done that. I was sick during the time my friend had her Halloween party so couldn't attend--I had a little special Halloweeny kind of gift all ready to give her..uh, never did..can transform it into a Christmas one instead. But part of the gift had lots of Reese's Peanut Butter cups--well one night, just like you I was having a fit for something chocolate, and yup, I made a piggy of myself and ate them all. LOL Just our secret, right?
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• United States
18 Dec 07
I promise not to tell if you won't! The same thing happened to me with some Halloween candy I had for my granddaughter. You would think I learned a lesson from that but I didn't.
@leeesa (885)
• United States
18 Dec 07
That's funny! I can't say I've ever done that, but I have gone back to the store and bought a second item (that I gave as a gift) for myself! I usually get jealous of the gifts I buy others because I tend to buy them better things than I do for myself!
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• United States
18 Dec 07
Isn't that funny! I knew I should have bought some for myself but I didn't. I don't often get chocolate cravings but should realize once in awhile I do.
• United States
18 Dec 07
The closest I have gotten to this is when I bought another doll just like the doll for toys for tots. One year I saw this cute doll that was perfect for Toys for Tots. I bought her and fell in love with her. I gave her away but the next year I bought the same doll for me. i am so glad I did because the year after that, the toy store that had the doll closed.
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• India
18 Dec 07
yes most of the time iam also will do this thing,Because i will to shopping for purchasing a gift especialay who love me alot that persons but i cannot find the wht i will buy for him /her i got confused finaly i will buy something ,but i cannot satisfied that then i didnt give that i will keep such a months that one ,then last i will start to use it..
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@violeta_va (4834)
• Australia
18 Dec 07
I have few times. My son opened few when he small so I could not give them like that and had to keep them (lucky I only buy things for others that I would use) then I have to go buy something for the person. Also if I buy something for someone and I dont see that person at all and its not worth sending it by mail then I keep it.
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@breepeace (3027)
• Canada
18 Dec 07
I've done that with chocolate, as well! :) Last year I bought a box of Belgian chocolates to give to a friend of mine at Christmas, and when the craving struck, I ended up opening the box and giving in. I replaced it a few days later, too. :)
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
18 Dec 07
sure i think everyone has done this at some time or another havent they? i think i have done this with not only candy, but with bath products as well!
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
18 Dec 07
I had a company send some food to my Brother's house for X-mas. He ate it all before X-mas and they were one-of-a-kinds so he went out and bought close to it.
• India
18 Dec 07
HaHaHa! Well till now i haven't fallen into a situation like this where i had to use a gift myself which i had actually bought for someone else. But, if i spare some gifts that i intended to give but for some reason couldn't and also cant in the near future. Then i think that using it, whatever it is, would be the best thing to do.
• United States
18 Dec 07
I used one of the presents I bought for my sister-in-law-to-be this past weekend. I was looking for a hard case for her sunglasses and could only find ugly ones. I purchased the prettiest ugly one and felt awful that it was the best I could do. After we were done paying and walking out of the store, guess what, there was a whole freaking table of beautiful cases! Rather than taking back the ugly case, I kept it for myself. After all, I didn't have one. LOL
• Indonesia
18 Dec 07
That's funny. But, I think I ever done this before. But I just forgot the story. But for sure it's not christmas gifts.
@aaidjs (1149)
• Croatia (Hrvatska)
18 Dec 07
Hello Dear!My answer is yes!!I did it before and I probably would do it again!!We are only a human !!Last year I find very cute hat for my friend and at home I decided to keep it for me!!See you and Regards Silvana