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Christmas gifts gone wrong

If you have met someone new and have contemplated buying a present for Christmas, I urge you to be mindful of what you choose. In some cases, it may even be better to not buy anything at all.

If you have known each other for a short time, a really nice date or special outing may be the way to go. I know some classy people decide to dump their potential relationships to avoid the gift exchange, but it doesn’t have to happen that way!

I have seen gift exchanges derail a new romance simply because the person didn’t know enough about their date. You can misjudge their humor or personal taste and come off looking like a jerk.

Guys, don’t give someone you just started dating lingerie. It’s just lose-lose and way too risky, it’s hard to live down a bad gift purchase like that!

What is the best and worst Christmas exchange you have had?

I can recall this one guy that gave me what I thought was drug paraphernalia but it turned out to be an odd shaped crystal piece. It’s always good when the person can tell what the gift is right away!

Whatever you receive, good or bad, remember to be gracious and say thank you! Even if you have the urge to hurl the empty box at their head. Don’t do it!

By Wise Diva, Misadventures in Atlanta Blog

407 comments Add your comment

Melo!!

December 22nd, 2010
9:48 am

I am too tight fisted to give gifts. My wife gives the best gifts…. I’m gone buy her some flowers for Xmas.
@Leggs….u responsible for coordinating the superbowl blog meet…memo in the mail.

I am whatever you say I am

December 22nd, 2010
9:48 am

Random: If you already know the answer…why are you asking the question?

Lady

December 22nd, 2010
9:49 am

adults do as they please…….that is the beauty of being grown…..

Leggs

December 22nd, 2010
9:50 am

@I am ~ because it’s human nature to ask that which we already know.

I am whatever you say I am

December 22nd, 2010
9:52 am

Leggs: that’s kewl that you cherish the gift your daughter gave you.
I wish more parents would love the gifts their children give them instead of giving them a list of things they hope their children will shop for

Simple Man!!!!

December 22nd, 2010
9:53 am

Morning all!!!

Giving Gifts in new relationships……I think I will sit back and lurk on this one as well…..

2CPTG©--"that dude from da innanet"

December 22nd, 2010
9:53 am

I gotta random….

If you ask me what I want, and I tell you, then dammit, that’s what I want!

I am whatever you say I am

December 22nd, 2010
9:54 am

Leggs: I think it shows insecurity.
I get asked a lot of times a question and after I give the person the answer, i get thanks I already knew that.
Which makes me wonder, okay then why did you ask me?

Celisea...on vacay...changing channels

December 22nd, 2010
9:55 am

Leggs – My mom’s sitter is off and it’s just me here…my
church took the kids to IHOP for breakfast. She’s tripping….may have to turn to what you’re watching. She said the sight of the robots are spoiling her breakfast…lol Whatever the next movie or alternative to this on if it’s cussing or sex (or the suggestion thereof) it’s “oh my Lord, what are we coming to.” lolol

blue© - one more day

December 22nd, 2010
9:55 am

@I am – lol, yeah a plan woulda been helpful then. lets just say we didnt last much longer anyway lol
@Leggs – had a great time!! and yes i kept up with my bear…had folks all night complimenting us on our costumes, and yelling at us “Bad @ss kids, Santa aint gonna come to your house!”. it was funny, saw some great costumes, the guy in teh chicken suit was pretty funny :lol:

blue© - one more day

December 22nd, 2010
9:57 am

@2C – say it again please!! said the same thing over here, you asked me what i want, get that! – i say bracelet, bracelet, bracelet! how’d i get bathroom towels!! WTH??

Breezy

December 22nd, 2010
9:59 am

I’ve been dating this guy exclusively for a month. We decided not to exchange gifts this year due to a lot going on right now with both of us. Spontaneously, I went and bought him an expensive watch but have now decided to return it. I feel sad in a way that we’re not exchanging gifts but relieved that I didn’t really have to spend the $$$.
Best Gift – Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend (Every Time)
Worst Gift – Golf Clubs (I don’t nor have I ever played)

I am whatever you say I am

December 22nd, 2010
9:59 am

My Holiday wish list (and it will be a mircle on 42nd street if any of these things pop up under my tree)

1) an Ipod
2) a Wii
3) guitar hero but only if I get a Wii
4) a winning lotto ticket
5) a big sack of money
6) a pair of these: http://images.footnotesonline.com/f/726/57801/12h/www.footnotesonline.com/assets/product_images/SteveMadden-CaryssaGlitter-Gold_325.jpg
7) The complete brand new (I don’t care if you found it brand new on craigs list) set of Insanity work out
8)My carpets in my house cleaned
9) maid service for a day
10) chef service for a week
11) one of my prayers answered
12) an aquarium filled with tropical fish

AmazonRed™

December 22nd, 2010
10:00 am

perhaps you should have used that blunt object on him. I kid, I kid….

I know right?

And see that’s the thing… when the holidays come up, I don’t EVER suggest a gift exchange, but the dude usually does. Or even worse, he surprises me with a gift and then I feel bad I don’t have anything for him.

Even on my birthday, I don’t want a gift, I’d rather go out and do something or go to dinner. For instance, last year we did the “make your own pottery” thing, went ice skating in Centennial Park and had dinner at Rays on the River. I remember that kind of stuff. I hardly ever remember the gifts!

AmazonRed™

December 22nd, 2010
10:01 am

Falcons playoff tix are now on sale to the general public!!!

I am whatever you say I am

December 22nd, 2010
10:01 am

“adults do as they please and that’s the beauty of being grown”

Too bad some adults still act like children

I am whatever you say I am

December 22nd, 2010
10:03 am

Question for the blog:

If you really know someone, how can you give a bad gift?

I am whatever you say I am

December 22nd, 2010
10:04 am

out of everything on my holiday wish list

If I could get #11, that would trump all the other gifts in a new york minute.

Yes, I would take #11 over a winning lotto ticket or a large sack of money

Lady

December 22nd, 2010
10:06 am

say it ain’t so………lol

Leggs

December 22nd, 2010
10:07 am

@I am ~ not necessarily “insecurity.” Probably more like seeing if they can catch you in a lie.

@blue ~ if you passed me, I would have given you a lump of coal :lol: :lol:

Lady

December 22nd, 2010
10:07 am

@AR Falcons playoff tix are now on sale to the general public!!!

YYYYYYYYYYYYYYIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIPPPPPPPPPPPIIIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEEE!

GOOOOOOOOOOOOO FALCONS!

I am whatever you say I am

December 22nd, 2010
10:08 am

THey say it’s supposed to snow on Christmas.

Unless we get this:http://thumbnails.truveo.com/0019/45/C1/45C1550DF8BAC22FC59701_Large.jpg
I’m not holding my breath

I am whatever you say I am

December 22nd, 2010
10:08 am

Leggs: the type of question I was asked was more about insecurity on their part.

I am whatever you say I am

December 22nd, 2010
10:09 am

Enter your comments here

Leggs

December 22nd, 2010
10:10 am

@Breezy ~ why go and buy an expensive watch for someone you’ve only dated for a month and both of you decided you wouldn’t exchange gifts anyway??? If you had given him that gift he would have given you the “side eye” and think this chick ain’t right….she don’t listen well.

I am whatever you say I am

December 22nd, 2010
10:10 am

I really feel like doing this right about now

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrOC7KmM1I0

Lady

December 22nd, 2010
10:11 am

anyone checkin’ out Maze & Frankie B & Teena Marie New Years Day?!? I think this will be a last minute decision for me……..lol…

Leggs

December 22nd, 2010
10:13 am

@I am ~ it’s Miracle on 34th Street (lol).

@ARed ~ those are they type of gifts I like as well…dinner, movies, ice skating. Now, that would be an evening of pure laughter and sore butts.

Lady

December 22nd, 2010
10:15 am

Leggs and ARed those are nice gifts and to me keepin’ it simple…….

blue© - one more day

December 22nd, 2010
10:15 am

@I am – f you really know someone, how can you give a bad gift? easy, th eknowledge is in your head, you just dont pay enough attention to use it…
@Leggs – lol, there was on chick dressed in all black, said she was a lump of coal, and thats what she was handing out lol. finished out the night at Tijuana Grill, got there just in time for the Drag Show, which was actually pretty entertaining last year…this year ehhh not so much…was more fun watching mr.blue twitch! lmao

I am whatever you say I am

December 22nd, 2010
10:16 am

LOL @ Leggs. My bad :lol:

I am whatever you say I am

December 22nd, 2010
10:17 am

Blue: If the knowledge is in their head and they don’t care to use it…
Oh my! Situation fail!

I am whatever you say I am

December 22nd, 2010
10:19 am

random: isn’t 60 a little too old to be wearing thigh high boots :shock:

Leggs

December 22nd, 2010
10:21 am

@Lady ~ I want to go just to see Ms.Teena, but don’t really care to see a concert at The Civic Center. Parking is a nightmare.

Fion

December 22nd, 2010
10:21 am

….not if ur 60!

SexyCool

December 22nd, 2010
10:24 am

Lady

December 22nd, 2010
10:25 am

Ms Leggs I thought it was @ the Fox gheesh not the civic center…….I feel ya…..it will be very last minute if I go…..

Leggs

December 22nd, 2010
10:26 am

@ I am ~ I don’t think so. There are some very sexy 60 even 70 years old women out there. Have you seen the spread in Oprah when she highlights sexy at 50, 60 and 70+? I bet that 70+ body builder would look fab in thigh high boots. If you can rock it, then wear it. Age has nothing to do with it.

Lady

December 22nd, 2010
10:28 am

blue© - one more day

December 22nd, 2010
10:30 am

@I am – If the knowledge is in their head and they don’t care to use it…
Oh my! Situation fail – im with ya there, had moments where im going d@mn do you know me at all! then of course theres the ones who do use the knowledge, to pick the thing that they know you wont want but they do, in hopes that you’ll smile and say something like well not quite my thing but you enjoy it. they can be crafty sometimes, just wish they’d use their powers for good!!

Dan - Simply...Superior

December 22nd, 2010
10:30 am

@SC

Is there news to report?

Leggs

December 22nd, 2010
10:30 am

My child asked what I wanted for Christmas. I kept it simple for her. Told her I wanted Flash Scrabble and 2 boxes of my favorite scented tealight candle from Yankee Candle.

Fion

December 22nd, 2010
10:32 am

Ladies here ya go, if it’s all new and the man has some serious gear, cufflinks.
You can’t miss. They’re like ties you can’t have too many.

Leggs

December 22nd, 2010
10:34 am

I definitely agree with you Fion. Can’t go wrong.

I am whatever you say I am

December 22nd, 2010
10:36 am

Fion: I agree, I’ve always received the attagirl for picking out cufflinks

Word to the wise: Don’t grab just any cuff links. Make sure they actually match with suits/ties that he owns

I am whatever you say I am

December 22nd, 2010
10:37 am

K & G has a nice assortment of cuff links :wink:

DreamsMaterialize

December 22nd, 2010
10:37 am

Morning
I never really expect anything on holidays. If you ask me what I want, I’ll tell you that you don’t have to get me anything.

I am whatever you say I am

December 22nd, 2010
10:38 am

Raqi V

December 22nd, 2010
10:40 am

If you ask me what I want, and I tell you, then dammit, that’s what I want!

I know, right. LOL

I asked the hub what he wants for Christmas and he said just get him some socks. I am thinking that’s not enough but that is what he said he wanted. I got the socks to get him what he said because I know if I didn’t get them he would say I didn’t get what he asked for.

But I also got him a nice zip front sweater and a nice hat. Something other than a bball cap or skull cap for when we go out for nice evenings.

Raqi V

December 22nd, 2010
10:40 am

Sorry. Good Morning.