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filled with so much dread
two big boxes of thorntons
multipack of curly wurlies
nail varnish that hasn't arrived yet
two packs of socks he won't wear
5 boxes of chocolates
roy keane/roddy doyle book
the socks are my main problem. do i just not give them to him? bearing in mind it's one box of chocolates and four big boxes of malteasers wrapped up as one so he doesn't have that much to open
underselling myself a bit here. food cream is a fancy one. eyeshadows are really nice and will be appreciated.
just looked in the kitchen and they've already got higher quality knives than that, why did i buy it. useless.
no way am i being in the room when they open them, gonna dig a hole in the garden and bury myself in it or something.
so they can really appreciate the quality of the knives they have. then just start destroying the Oliver knives to display their poor workmanship and quality, trying to cut things they'll never never cut through
i've decided to give up on buying presents for my dad cos he never appreciates them. two years ago got him loads of cool food and drink and cooking things from the basque country and when i went to his flat last month almost all of it was still there unopened. last year got him breaking bad box set, 90% sure he hasn't watched it. NO MORE PRESENTS FOR YOU, DAD.
my dad makes a big thing of saying 'no presents this year' but nobody else buys for him so i feel obligated to at least get him something. by no presents he means 'sweets are fine but no books i wont read or dvds i wont watch'.
but usually me and my sisters just kinda get a big pile of joint presents for each parent. so this year i'm taking no part in the buying process for my dad and will just give them some money for whatever they've bought him. i've got most of my mum's stuff so i think that's fair.
(dont actually like my parents so its fine)
don't know why i didn't just keep that up. if i could do that and not receive any presents in return i think i might actually enjoy christmas.
and normally i have no idea what to get him for either. i've found out though, that he loves my Stollen and I've started making fudge, which i've seen him gobble down. so i generally just do that.
I tried with my dad once (well birthday not chrimbo) he takes 100s of photos from being on holiday 50% of the time but always complains how bad they look compared to old film cameras, my theory was he just needed to crop them so I got him photoshop elements, thought the library browser would be good too. 2 years later and it sits unopened, the one time I actually thought of something good.
Are these people really demanding, needy and/or judgemental?
the awkwardness is just excruciating and pierces my soul.
at least i hope so. None of them are diamond necklaces or anything like that though.
The presents for her relatives are pretty crummy though and i haven't even got any for mine. Everyone's richer than me though so suck it up
No. There is a rule set in stone. You buy for your own family and put her name on them as well and she buys for her family and adds your name.
and i'm always staying over there etc so it would be really ungrateful if i didn't do anything. Also i'm pretty much pals with one of her sisters and her bf. Not really pals with the other one but it would be weird to leave her out.
people need to help out by dropping massive hints about what they want. or set up some kind of system where you get the same bottle of booze / bottle of perfume / whatever each year.
stops all this nonsense.
got my mum its always sunny in philedelphia (she doesnt know you can watch things for free online), my dads getting the game of thrones board game. sister 1 is getting some fancy owl crockery. sister 2 is getting rock climbing lessons. bf is getting a bunch of boring stuff like slippers haha.
I've got those owl cups in big size
I can't even handle secret santa, the creeping dread of going round until someone opening your present, and of having to react to what ever you've been given. Declined all Christmas invites this year because of stuff like this.
but i've been a lazy cunt with my family. mum has got an antlers cd cos that's what she asked for, dad and sister nothing yet.
i think you should get your sister a cafetiere and ask her to make you your first ever cup of coffee
i don't think i'm ready for such a milestone just yet
I think we had this same thread then. Mums like everything. Pretty much the only people where the thought is actually what counts. Everyone else, the present is what counts
those iconic red ones are looking a bit haggard. plus two pairs of luxury comfy winter socks or something.
it's basically those jamie oliver knives that are the problem.
I've got to go and rebuy them in his local Clarks on Wednesday now, they've put some aside for me.
amazing feeling. was wondering why everyone was in work.
my brothers have more in common with him and know what sports-related autobiographies he'd like and buy him something like that.
got him my first thoughtful present in ages this year though, stumbled on a decent looking book about JFK's last hundred days and he likes JFK. my brother's jealous cos he's had to resort to getting dad a bottle of Baileys as he couldn't think of any decent books or anything this year.
i'm fucking winning the dad presents this year for the first time in ages.
cant reeeeally justify spending £8 per person. will probably have to go into town to get my sister some nice cooking things tomorrow. uuuurgh. i actually have no money. need all the money i can get for a deposit for flat but i'd feel pure bad not getting people good stuff.
deal with the stress by moaning on dis. always works for me.
When I think of her this is her colour. I showed my mum and she was straight away saying "it's ok she can return it, don't loose the receipt"
I got her 'the public woman' is that an ok book? The back cover sounded alright. There was a book about ladies with 'hysteria' I should have for that because she works in mental health too might get it tomorrow actually.
why did I do that?
fucking lump it dad
cause he'll read anything you give him within a couple of days and then give it back. it's the best. spent all day today trying to find him that jack white album on vinyl and nowhere had it, most dad gift ever that tbf, was bound to be out of stock.
my gifts are well self serving this year, got my mum that yotam otelliwotsit vegetarian cookbook. tupperware full of tasty lentils heading my way in the new year.
people expect presents that are of use to them or something they'd buy themselves, that's not really what Christmas is about, they've got all fucking year to buy things they need, just go to a few shops, buy a few assorted presents that you think are cool, dish them out to people.
thats the beauty of christmas
Get a book
fold the corner of every page down in towards the spine.
That makes a nose
Sew on some button eyes.
You've got yourself a bookhog!
Then, really, come on. I appreciate it's an anxious time (even for people who aren't particularly anxious) but you really have to get a grip when it comes to stuff like this. It doesn't matter.