A present that did not hit the mark.

Greece
December 29, 2015 3:53am CST
I gave two of my friends heat bags which I made for them for Christmas. The first friend said that she appreciated the thought but did not have a microwave to heat it in! I rang the second one, feeling apprehensive. however she did have a microwave and she loved the bag. I'm going to suggest that my friend who does not have a mw returns the bag as it is of no use to her. she has a soft spot for my jewelry making efforts so I am now making a replacement present in the form of some nice blue earrings which will match her eyes.
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@sallypup (25903)
• Moses Lake, Washington
29 Dec 15
No microwave here, either. I wonder if a person could make a battery operated bag?
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@GardenGerty (95765)
• Marion, Kansas
30 Dec 15
It is possible I bet to put it in a crock pot.
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@sallypup (25903)
• Moses Lake, Washington
30 Dec 15
@GardenGerty I live on another planet. I mean it when I say that I have a steamer so maybe I could warm the bag in there cause I do not have a crock pot, either.
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• Greece
30 Dec 15
Now there is a thought ....
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@patgalca (14236)
• Orangeville, Ontario
29 Dec 15
I would appreciate a heat bag even though I have a bunch of them because eventually they wear or burn out. I'd also appreciate jewelry too. One question though, can the "heat" bags also be frozen. I have some that can be heated or cooled and keep those ones in the freezer to use when I have a bad headache.
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@GardenGerty (95765)
• Marion, Kansas
30 Dec 15
That was my thought. My daughter in law made one for me for Christmas that has herbs in it also. It can be used on the table under a hot pot, or heated in the microwave, or chilled.
@patgalca (14236)
• Orangeville, Ontario
30 Dec 15
@GardenGerty My freezer bags have herbs in them as well.
• Greece
30 Dec 15
I have never had one burn out, but I only heat for 3 minutes. I put mine in the freezer and it cools my neck and I suspect my brain on hot days...mine is wheat and I only use 100% cotton materials for the bags.
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@nonersays (2688)
• United States
29 Dec 15
Hmm. A heat bag sounds good to me. A huge one, to fit my back. But I do have a microwave. It is nice of you to make her a replacement gift.
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@GardenGerty (95765)
• Marion, Kansas
30 Dec 15
I actually had the same thought today @nonersays
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• Greece
30 Dec 15
A huge one would be heavy!
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@nonersays (2688)
• United States
31 Dec 15
@41CombedaleRoad Can I ask, What do you fill yours with?
@JudyEv (116297)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Dec 15
I think it is nice that she told you she wouldn't be able to use the gift. Much better than telling a white lie. I'm glad you weren't offended. I'm sure she'll love some jewellry.
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• Greece
30 Dec 15
She didn't spell it out she said she could warm it up on the radiator! I knew that wouldn't work. In the past she has given me old necklaces that she no longer wears and I have returned the beads as earrings, and she loves them. so I know she will like the replacement gift.
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@boiboing (12218)
• Northampton, England
29 Dec 15
I'm never sure whether it's better to know or not. But probably she did the right thing to tell you.
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• Greece
30 Dec 15
I prefer to know, the longer the truth is hidden the worse it is when all is revealed...
@rebelann (37908)
• El Paso, Texas
29 Dec 15
I've noticed that everyone thinks we all have microwaves, I don't have one because I don't like the idea that it could be harmful. Yeah, I'm a PC kinda geeky person but I still think anything that heats food without the use of a stove or fire can't be healthy, like those early cells phones they say caused brain tumors.
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• Greece
30 Dec 15
I must admit to some doubts myself especially as my microwave is an old one.
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@rebelann (37908)
• El Paso, Texas
30 Dec 15
Just make sure never to use it if you have someone over with a pacemaker @41CombedaleRoad
@jaboUK (52863)
• United Kingdom
29 Dec 15
I thought everybody had a microwave! Anyway, I'm sure she will appreciate some earrings.
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@Marcyaz (35792)
• United States
29 Dec 15
She I am sure will appreciate the earnings but like you I thought everyone had a microwave. @jaboUK
• Greece
30 Dec 15
I thought the same thing but apparently her husband thinks that they are a health hazard.
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@LadyDuck (142186)
• Switzerland
29 Dec 15
She did the right thing to inform you, at least you can make a replacement gift.
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@Marcyaz (35792)
• United States
29 Dec 15
Very true she did do the right thing to let her know and now will receive a gift she can like. LadyDuck
• Greece
30 Dec 15
I have already made it, and spoken to her and she is returning the heat bag and I am giving her some earrings.
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@poehere (17753)
• French Polynesia
30 Dec 15
That is so sweet and kind of you to do this for her. I am sure she will really appreciate this and thank you for your kind efforts.
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• Greece
30 Dec 15
She is a very nice woman to have for a friend and it was a pleasure to give her something more suitable.
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@Morleyhunt (19191)
• Canada
29 Dec 15
That is one thing we assume everyone has. It is thoughtful of you to replace the gift with one she can use.
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• Greece
30 Dec 15
This Sunday I was wearing a scarf she knitted for me and she was wearing some earrings I had made for her! We have developed that kind of a good relationship.
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@KristenH (22830)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
29 Dec 15
Sorry to hear that. One's better than none. But at least you're giving jewelry in place of the heat bag. I'm sure she'll love the earrings.
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@marlina (70238)
• Canada
29 Dec 15
Very kind of you to replace the gift.
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@celticeagle (116758)
• Boise, Idaho
30 Dec 15
That is very thoughtful of you.
• Greece
30 Dec 15
Friendships are precious but subject to misunderstanding so a little thoughtfulness can go a long way, as I am sure you agree,.
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@celticeagle (116758)
• Boise, Idaho
30 Dec 15
@41CombedaleRoad ....I certainly do. They are to be treasured.
• United States
29 Dec 15
Now you can give that one to someone else in the future.
• Greece
30 Dec 15
I have a friend with MS and I am going to give it to him as he gets cold being confined to a wheelchair.
• United States
30 Dec 15
@41CombedaleRoad Good idea, my husband has a cousin with MS and I know she always has the chills.
@BelleStarr (36171)
• Portland, Connecticut
30 Dec 15
It is so thoughtful of you to make the gifts that you give for Christmas. I hope she returns the bag to you so you can regift it to someone who can use it
• Greece
30 Dec 15
She is returning it on Sunday when I am going to replace it with something I know she will like.
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• United States
29 Dec 15
Even if she doesn't return the bag, the gesture of making her the earrings is a wonderful idea. Maybe one day she will get a microwave.
• Greece
30 Dec 15
The choice of being without a microwave is not hers to make unfortunately.
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@Raine38 (9032)
• United States
29 Dec 15
It's nice to know that despite that, you guys were able to work on the gift thing. I don't know if I have her heart and courage to tell my friend that I cannot use her gift to me, but wouldn't it be insulting to her if I lie to her? I know this will be my struggle. I hate offending friends, but I also hate to cover it with a lie.
• Greece
30 Dec 15
I would find it difficult to tell a friend that the gift was not usable too, but she only half told me and I guessed the rest so it was a mutual understanding.
@DeborahDiane (19233)
• Laguna Woods, California
31 Dec 15
You sound very thoughtful. It is nice that you are going to give her a different gift.
@bluesa (13432)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
30 Dec 15
What a pity she did not have a microwave, but it is wonderful you could make those earrings for her. :-)
• China
30 Dec 15
The one who has no microwave should take the will for the deed.You are nice enough to replace it with another one .