I was born under the crappy present moon and my presents were well meant, but either tacky, out of date,WAY OUT OF STYLE, cheap or something I never wanted.I grew up with a mom on a pension and I didn’t expect designer stuff, but I expected stuff that I could possibly use in my life time. As a result I became the expert and returning stuff with no receipt.
Because my birthday and Xmas are within a month of each other, for some strange reason, I would get duplicate gifts from my Mom. Half the time she didn’t realize that she was giving me the same thing. One year I received a cheap (though she thought expensive. It broke before New Year’s.) watch for my birthday, then for Xmas I got a Minnie Mouse watch ( I hate Minnie Mouse.) One year I received two bathrobes (from the old lady collection at Monkey Wards.), another was gold plated necklaces from godknowswhere. I’ve received a few pieces of what she considered “good” jewelry that probably original retail cost was maybe $100 ( alot of money in her mind.) and she got it for half off. I have never worn these peices because they are not my taste and probably couldn’t get $20 for it at a pawn shop and the gemstones are really crummy.
Then getting married and have the MOMs in my life take an art class together has led to triplicate gifts. One year I received not one, not two but THREE 5 quart soup kettles. At least the one from my mother in law was a better model. (Mom gave me her old one then gave me a brand new cheap model when she heard my mother in law was buying me one.)
As a result of this psuedo traumatic experience, all I would really like for Xmas is money to be donated in my name to a local shelter/charity. It will never happen.
However, I have received a couple of cool gifts:
A 2 cd collection from Green Linnett records a collection of celtic music. From hubby. Listen to it all the time.
A heavy duty muscle massager that is now affectionaly referred to as " My Husband." bought for me when I was pregnant. Given to me by my husband, and like him, it’s ready at any time to give me pleasure