Do you really know what you want, when people ask you this question,

@ibuemma (2954)
United States
August 30, 2009 3:34pm CST
"What do you want for your birthday/christmas?" I just had family brunch this afternoon. My sister in law start talking about how she want to be prepare for this coming Christmas. Gosh, is it really that close already this Holiday season? CAn I finish this summer first? And she pop the question " what do you want for Christmas?" and I told her to give me couple week and I let her know what I want. If I'm not miscounted this is going to be the 4th Christmas, that she ask me what do I want. And be honest I don't know what I want for Christmas. Even when she ask me what do I want for my birthday, really make me think hard to give her the right answer. So, if anybody ask you this question, I just wonder if you DO really KNOW what you want for your gift.
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19 responses
@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
31 Aug 09
I find asking for money is much easier, that way I can spend the money on what I like when I like, I know it's boring to some, but I'd much rather have money than someone waste money on something that I am not going to use. Besides we all live busy lives and having to traipse around the shops looking for something to buy for someone can be hassle. It's easy for everyone money, so versatile and I can even save it for a rainy day. But I do like a card, that is important to me, a nice birthday or Christmas card.
@ibuemma (2954)
• United States
31 Aug 09
A nice christmas or birthday card with the money in it...LOL...are you sure when they ask you, it's easy just to tell them that you want money?
@mermaidivy (15415)
• United States
31 Aug 09
I think I always have desire of something and want it but if it comes to like people ask you what you want for birthday or Christmas or on some days, I won't tell the people straightforward like Oh I want this and that... I think people can try to get information of what we want lately and buy it behind and give surprise, I think it is what gift means. I feel weird to directly tell people what I want, rather to have them to decide whatever they want to get for me :-) That's what I think.
@ibuemma (2954)
• United States
31 Aug 09
It does feel weird. Easier if I just told them "surprise me! "
• India
31 Aug 09
I am very sure as to what I want for my birthday.If anyone ,specially my brother asks me what I want,I would say a 24 carat gold necklace :)
@ibuemma (2954)
• United States
31 Aug 09
Hahahaha, make you tell him how much weight you want too...hahaha
@thaMARKER (3094)
• Philippines
31 Aug 09
i know what i want to have or to do but im not used to asking them or telling them what i really want. hahaha.. being with them on my birthday is a great present for me. i have tried celebrating my birthday alone once and it was sad. i have tried celebrating New year without any family member with me, i cried. anyway, during Christmas, they give out presents and it's nice when you get something out of love and surprise.
@ibuemma (2954)
• United States
31 Aug 09
I'm not get used to telling somebody what I want. It's just the past 5 years, my inlaws, start asking me this question.
• China
31 Aug 09
If someone ask me this question, I will answer this question quickly, if i really want something, e.g, now if you ask me this question, 'chocolate Dark' especially for the brand of German or Switzerland, however, if i don't have things i really want immedately, i will say 'evethings that's ok', but in my heart, i want a big surperise.
@ibuemma (2954)
• United States
31 Aug 09
hahaha, we all do want a big surprise.
• India
31 Aug 09
This is one of the most irritating questions I come across before every festive season and my birthday. I find this question really stupid coz for one, etiquette tells me not to be frank and speak the truth. I don’t know what the other person’s budget is neither will I be told so what’s the point in asking what I want! Secondly, even if I say I want this and that, what the other person will buy may not be liked by me eventually. So I think it’s the best to be surprised and surprise people too…a gift is a gift is a gift…no matter what it is or how much it costs. I like gifts to be surprises.
@ibuemma (2954)
• United States
31 Aug 09
sometimes they meant good. They want to make sure that we like the gift that they give to us. But I agree it became irritating. What do i want? " I want to be happy. can you buy me happiness?" ..LOL
• United States
31 Aug 09
I know it sounds terrible, but it would be really nice if my family and friends gave me money this year! Before you write me of as some spoiled brat, I should explain I was laid off from my job in February and we are struggling to pay off credit cards, medical bills, and of course the usual expenses, like food and rent. So we're just in one of those times when its hard to think of 'stuff' we need. Having said that, my family and friends come up with great gifts and sometimes they are the simplest things. I am English but live in America (my husband is American) and they will often send me things from England that I can't get over here. One of the best gifts last year was just a small one, but I love it - a calendar with pictures from the area I lived in 'back home'. Its on my kitchen wall and everyday I can look at a scene from home. Having said all that, my mother always asks 'what I want' and at the time she asks, can I think of anything??!...lol
@ibuemma (2954)
• United States
31 Aug 09
Hahaha, I wish...but there's no way that they will give money for adult. My kids beside toys or other thing, my mother in laws always slip $5 bill in their card.
@123amy (31)
• China
31 Aug 09
i think i have the same problem with you. i also dont know what i want for holiday or my birthday, mabybe i can tell the answer inmmediately, but i know that is not i really want to get. and i think sometimes a surprise and unknowed gift is more attractive to me. so i wound rather not tell them, and wait for some surprise!!! i think you can try this way, then, your problem turns out to be their problems!!!
@ibuemma (2954)
• United States
31 Aug 09
hahaha, it should be their problem.
@lelin1123 (15644)
• Puerto Rico
30 Aug 09
When I have been asked this in the past I would usually say what you said "give me a couple of days to think about it." Then I think hard about the things I really need and then tell the person a few things so she can surprise me. I can't believe Christmas is truly around the corner and before we know it, it will be 2010. As we get older the year goes by so much faster.
@ibuemma (2954)
• United States
30 Aug 09
Don't remind me, hahaha. I gotta get ready to survive the holiday season.LOL I end up giving them answer after few days too.
@Jennlk84 (4219)
• United States
30 Aug 09
I have a tendency to think about it a few weeks before I know people might start asking. I am the type of person that likes to be prepared! I typically keep a word document on my computer and start my Christmas list ANY time of the year. That way if I think of something I might be wanting, I can just add it to the list. Then come Christmas - I have a nice list of items I've been wanting! Usually for my birthday, I just start thinking about it a few weeks before hand.
@ibuemma (2954)
• United States
30 Aug 09
That's a great Idea. I should start writing the list, so I know exactly what I want or need.
• India
30 Aug 09
I can really think of anything specific that i want or need when somebody asks me. the problem is there are just too many things that i need or wishes that i have. What is usually say is that i'll think over it and takes sometime to consider what i really need most and yeah something that is not so expensive, as i don't want to fleece someone when they are generously offering to give us something for free. :)
@ibuemma (2954)
• United States
30 Aug 09
hahaha...that's how I feel too. i don't want them feel like I rip them off!
@dodo19 (33691)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
30 Aug 09
I generally don't have a clue as for what I want or what to answer. For the last several years, I never really have been able to answer that question. Don't ask me. It's just the way that it is.
@ibuemma (2954)
• United States
30 Aug 09
Last year there are so many things that I want and need..LOL...I ahve no clue which one that I want her to buy me. I end up told her to surprise me.
• Philippines
30 Aug 09
yes when somebody asks me what i want i can immediately say what i like to have. its not an issue for me for as long as i need that thing i will tell it.
@ibuemma (2954)
• United States
30 Aug 09
That's great. But I can't do that. I know there's a lot of stuff in my birthday or christmas list. I just don't want just answer it before I really go through with it.
@jlamela (4909)
• Philippines
1 Sep 09
Yes, I always know what I want when somebody asked me. I want to get married and have children and home schooled them at preschool years, I want to become a full time home maker. I always wanted to become a writer and published a book on my own. I want to travel Europe and discover its majestic landscapes and building.
@metschica25 (5407)
• United States
31 Aug 09
Hello! Most times not really. I dont know what to say to someone and sadly the things I really want cost way too much money . I know people know that I love beauty products and candles and if there is a scent I like at the time I will tell them . For the most part I am super easy to please . What I really like is something from the heart . There is one think I need and that is a bed set and my brothers wofe keeps saying she will get me one and we have been out and she knows what i like and my taste . I got some walking shoes from her once as well as a gift and they are the best.
@subha12 (18453)
• India
31 Aug 09
Very frankly speaking, I have not thought much about gifts that I want.It is because I do not get much gifts. But I am clear about the things I really want in life.It is because I keep on thinking about them almost everyday.
• Philippines
31 Aug 09
I think I know what I want for Christmas. Honestly there are two things: First, I want my bf to be back here in my country to celebrate Christmas with me. He lives in a different country and last Christmas he spent a vacation in France for snowboarding. He also wished that we can be together on this coming Christmas. Second, I want to have a new laptop. I already have one but its old and I am using it for 4 years now. My laptop's memory is not upgradeable so I need a laptop with a higher memory capacity and SATA hard drive. I seldom get questions like that on what I want to have for Christmas as my other friends can't really afford to buy me a gift.
• United States
31 Aug 09
I love holidays and birthdays in my teenage years. I would get the coolest gifts because my relatives would ask me what I wanted or simply gave me money. I would be very happy because I was on the cross country team, and I had running shoes for birthday. I was going to be on the badminton team, so I would get a new badminton racquet for Christmas. Present and present, on, and on. I wuold always know what I wanted. I cared a lot about money and how to spend it any everything but when it comes to presents, it is not my money! But I would like a lot of things and I would have something new after every present. I have countless material items I wish I could have in my possecion and probably 5 ot of 10 times, I would get it. It's 50% because things I want expensive things haha. But to sum it all up, I always know what I want and I'm not spoiled, but holidays come and relatives come to visit. (= Thanks for the topic and whoever is reading this, Happy MyLotting!
• United States
30 Aug 09
I never know what to tell people. I think of things throughout the year, but when someone asks, I'm often blank. I actually make a list during the year so I have ideas when people ask at the holidays. My b-day is right near Christmas, so that's the only time I get presents normally.