Wish I had your heart. The worst gifts I ever recieved were from the director of our department - she felt she had to buy gifts for the six staffers (myself included). Thoughless, only done because she would look bad if she didn't do something. Bought at the dollar store had absolutely no meaning or connection to anything. Left on my desk, didn't even get a personal note nor did she say anything - someone saw her leave it there and on the other's desks. I'd rather not get that kind of gift. I turned it into something good though - gave it to our church for their yard sale - they got $2. since it was new and had never been opened.
Welcome to the corporate world! I've experienced it more than once but she took it to an art form. I like making lemonade out of lemons though so I was happy to donate it and know that a charitable group profited.
When my x and I were getting a divorce... as he still kept trying to insist that he cared or payed any attention to me even knew me...
He comes home one day and gives me a red tulip. He says, "I know that the color red and tulips are your favorite." I says, "No, Chris... orange is my favorite color and hibiscus is my favorite flower, tulips are the flower I least like."
My Ex Mother in law once gave me her used leather jacket for Christmas. I was speechless. The next year she bought me a bright pink shell suit which my ex husband made me wear xmas day. Now that is abuse.
My dad was the worst gift giver ever. I would usually get an "I owe you" on my b-day.
On my 16th I was hoping to get my license and start driving as my older brother did. Instead he showed up early in the morning with a pregnant wild burro from an odoption deal with the BLM to "teach me some responsibility". It was an insult from him, but I pretended like its what I always wanted to take away his satisfaction.
I have to admit it was a terrible gift- but it felt good to put him in the worst retirement home I could find.
One of my elderly relatives, bless her heart, gave me a homemade, purple and white beaded clip-on tie -- and just to clarify, it wasn't a tie with some beads on it. It was completely made of chunky, plastic beads. I'm still not sure if it was supposed to be a gag gift. But she proudly handed it to me, saying, "This is what all the girls are wearing!"
I once got used scratch off lottery tickets that didn't win in a gift exchange at work. The guy I got them from told me that he wanted to redeem them for me if they won, so that's why they were scratched off.
I have always appreciated gifts that are given with thought, no matter if they are to my liking or not. I don't enjoy getting gifts from people who got them, just 'cause it is the thing to do. I would rather get nothing, than something that feels like it was bought out of duty. Because of this, I always opt out of all gift drawings that are work related or involve extended family.
A whistle for calling fish, yes I know, but she was trying to be helpful she didn't have any idea what fishing is all about. Now on the flip-side I have had my nephews blowing there lungs out with it until my wife see's whats going on then she has some drama with me.
Have you ever given your teacher an apple as a gift?Why are big, juicy, red apples associated with teachers at school? I think on Little House on the Prairie Laura Ingalls used to give her teacher apples as a gift?