Meh Gift. Abby Eckel got a birthday gift from her husband. She eyeballed the cute little jewelry bag, thinking it held the ring she’d been hinting at. But nope, it was a necklace. She tried to hide her disappointment, but inside, she was torn.
The Guilty Disappointment Vibe
Ever got a gift that didn’t match your vibe? Like that annual sweater from your folks that doesn’t fit or a band tee you loved in your teens but can’t stand now? It sits in a corner collecting dust, and you’re stuck feeling like your folks or friends don’t get you.
What To Do with Unwanted Gifts
When Eckel opened that necklace, she was more confused than anything. She wondered why he didn’t get the ring she wanted. So, she did what? Had a chat with him.
“I didn’t want to seem spoiled, but I wanted to know why,” she said. Talking helped. She felt okay returning the necklace for something else.
Chat It Out
Mielad Owraghi, a therapist, says talking is key. If the gifts you’re getting aren’t hitting the spot, have a heart-to-heart. Let them know what you dig.
The Meaning Behind Gifts
Gifts aren’t just things. They say a lot about how we see each other. Suzanne Degges-White, a counselor, says gifts reflect how we view relationships. Especially with partners, it’s like a symbol of love.
Talk About It, Long-Term Style
With close pals or family, chat about what rocks and what doesn’t in the gift department. Avoiding repeats next time is the goal.
Sometimes, Quiet is Golden
If it’s not someone super close, keeping mum might be kinder. Even if the gift’s not your jam, remember the good intentions behind it.
Being Sporty with Unwanted Gifts
Degges-White suggests sometimes wearing that weird sweater to make them happy. It’s like giving them a gift back by enjoying what they picked.
It’s About the Thought
Gifts aren’t just about getting stuff. They’re about someone noticing what floats your boat and nailing it.
Voice Your Wishlist
Owraghi stresses talking about what you like and taking notes on hints from others. It helps keep the relationship vibes strong.
Being Human about Disappointments
Eckel shared her story online, saying if the tables were turned, she’d want honesty too. We’re all human. Feeling bummed is normal, but talking it out or moving on is the call.