Receiving gifts you don't want...

United States
March 29, 2010 11:28am CST
Everyone (at some point in time) receives gifts that they really didn't want... sometimes we receive these gifts from people who we love and sometimes from people who don't really know us. What do you do when you are in situations like this? How do you pretend gratitude? Do you keep the gifts or return them?
9 responses
• Philippines
30 Mar 10
i guess its inappropriate to returned the gift to them only because we dont like them, so if its a gift then i will still say thank you for it and if i dont like it then i will give it to someone else who like it. no matter how big or small as long as its from someone it means a lot to them already so a thank you will make them feel happy same things to me if i give gift.
• United States
30 Mar 10
I agree about not returning the gift to the person who gave it to you, and about saying thank you and trying to "pretend" gratitude. Thanks for the response!
• Philippines
29 Mar 10
If it's me i'll keep it. it would be less suspicious if you keep a gift you don't really want. of course i'll just pretend that i like it. the person troubled himself or herself to buy you a gift. the least you could do is accept it. i'll show my gratitude by accepting it even if i don't need it.
• United States
29 Mar 10
It's definitely "required" that you at least pretend to like the gift, I agree with that. Thanks for the response.
@Sir_bobby88 (8244)
• Singapore
29 Mar 10
I do think that it is kinda of rude to return the gift back to the person , perhaps you could donate the gift to salvation army .
• United States
29 Mar 10
Oh, definitely, I would never give a gift back to the giver! Thanks for the response.
@zashimi (148)
• Philippines
29 Mar 10
A gift is a gift, whether you liked it or not. I thank the giver and worry about what to do with it after. I have received many gifts that I didn't want or useless to me. As much as possible I do not give away gifts given to me and I keep them for some time. When I do not feel so guilty anymore, I give it to whomever wants it.
• United States
29 Mar 10
Haha, sounds kind of like what I do... keep them for awhile and then pass them on. :) Thanks for the response.
• Philippines
29 Mar 10
I have experienced that before a few years ago. It was a birthday gift from a friend of mine. I kept the gift as a remembrance until now from a friend for remembering my special day. That is the essence that I put on my mind. I do not look at the gift in a superficial way that I do not like it. It is the beloved person behind that gift who I think and being thankful. That is the reason why until now it is still there.
• United States
29 Mar 10
I understand what you are saying when it comes to some gifts and when you feel the person really wanted to give you what they gave you, but I don't like it when some people give you thoughtless gifts. Thanks for the response.
@SaNdRa15 (129)
• United States
29 Mar 10
I try to prevent it by asking for gift cards. I do try to understand and express gratitude if someone buys me something--I express gratitude that they thought enough of me to get me a gift.
• United States
29 Mar 10
Great idea - about requesting gift cards. :) Thanks for the response.
@chiepao (718)
• Philippines
29 Mar 10
hi falling, I do receive gifts sometimes that I don't want. I just pretend that I like it and just keep it. I don't want to be rude and reject what he gave. I receive it by saying thank you of course and a wide smile
• United States
29 Mar 10
I usually pretend to be thankful, too, but I don't always keep the gifts that I don't want. Thanks for the response! :)
29 Mar 10
Oh yes, I have quite a collection of unwanted presents at the moment. I apapreciate the thought that goes into a gift but there are several gifts languishing in the cupboard that I really have no use for. I always accept gracefully and then put the gift away for a while.
• United States
29 Mar 10
The thing for me, though, is a lot of times you get unwanted gifts because the giver didn't put thought into what they were giving you and just bought whatever... Thanks for the response.
@besthope44 (12145)
• India
1 Apr 10
Well i never like receive gifts from strangers rather.. I dont feel very comfortable and i know i would hurt them. Besides, i find it difficult and would tell them softly that i usually give them back, but for my friends and closed ones, i l receive them always!