Dear secret Santa, I hate my Christmas present…
How should I react? Do I offer a hug? What if I hate it? These are some questions you might ask yourself when receiving a gift from a colleague, friend or family member. When that gift comes and sadly it’s something you never thought you’d receive in your whole existence on earth, here are some ways to handle that awkward situation;
Telling someone you got them a gift or you have a present for them will most definitely light them up and get them excited. When we know a gift is coming our way we tend to over think it, it’s only normal that we are wounded up and usually expectations are set high. A good idea is to not set the bar too high. Keep the anticipation and excitement low, this way when you do get your present you can tell yourself, “Hey, It could have been worst”.
The important thing is to smile – even if you hate it. Nothing goes against the principle of giving and receiving presents than an expressionless face, frown or eye-roll. However, a gift can fall flat and leave you wondering what its giver was thinking. There is no rule that says you have to be in love with every gift you receive. But there is no reason you should be rude about it.
Ugly Sweater, a dress four sizes too small or a CD of that band you absolutely loathe, don’t forget to compliment the gift. A little white lie will go a long way in this situation. It’s lovely” or “It’s very thoughtful” should suffice, reacting politely not only maintains good relation with the giver but it also shows that you’re mature enough to handle the situation or an easy solution is taking it lightly and laughing it off.
After all as cliche as it sounds, it is the thought that counts… right?