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Bugs



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 05 3:11 pm    Post subject: Consumerist tip - unwanted presents  Reply with quote    

I have taken to doing this - put the receipt in a sealed envelope labelled "receipt".

Yes sure they could open it and count how much you love them, but if they do that it's their problem not yours. On the bright side you know that it won't be wasted because if they don't like it or get two of something they can change it without feeling bad about being ungrateful.

Obviously people here will say if you don't have a good enough relationship for them to be honest why buy a present, but we all know it's sometimes unavoidable. At least this way options are open without too much embarassment.

ele



Joined: 05 Sep 2005
Posts: 814
Location: Derby
PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 05 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

make sure you've not bought it by credit card though as some shops will only refund if you've got the original card... which could lead them to a lot of

marigold



Joined: 02 Sep 2005
Posts: 12458
Location: West Sussex
PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 05 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I do that too (receipt in envelope), but whenever anyone else is kind enough to say to me "do change it if you don't like it" I go into a frenzy of reassurance that I just LOVELOVELOVE it. Anyone want a M&S necklace made of three enamelled sickly pinky-peach butterflies? Or a "real miniature rosebud preserved in acrylic" brooch? Or a very blunt cheese knife with a black and white beaded handle? Once a decent interval has passed I give the it's-the-thought-that-counts stuff to a charity shop.

Working on the basis that the recipients didn't like the tasteful gifts I chose for them either , I called a halt to most of it last year and suggested we go for charity donation gifts instead. I made a payment to the Red Cross for famine relief and received several fruit trees and various other World Vision items in return. In future I intend to keep adding to "my" orchard.....

(Got to admit I am still very happy to be given gardening or book tokens )

2steps



Joined: 05 Sep 2005
Posts: 5349
Location: Surrey
PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 05 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I also put the recipt if I'm not sure they'll like it or for clothes, if it will fit

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