I love giving gifts during the holidays and for birthdays, and enjoy choosing things I think my friends might like or need. I hate giving money! Isn't part of the gift-giving experience for the giver, too?
I feel it should be my choice to buy whatever I want for someone, and their response should just be, "Thank you." It irks me when people dictate to me what I should give them. Am I just being a control freak, or do I have the wrong idea of gift-giving? -- GIFT GIVER IN TEXAS
DEAR STRINGS ATTACHED,
Know what that Rabbi down the street likes? A side of bacon. He should accept the gift and just say "thank you". It was expensive bacon, too. Pancetta. Italian rolled bacon. Who doesn't like bacon, right?
While I can agree with you that people should be more gracious when given something they don't need, I also understand being given something I have no use for, even if it is interesting. It's another thing that sits around the house that I would love to get rid of but can't because of the social mores that dictate I keep it. Especially if said object is asked about when the giver comes by for a visit.
"Hey, where's that Georgia O'Keeffe ten foot print I got you?"
"...yeah...I don't really like paintings that look like blue waffles so I burned it..."
So maybe if you give a gift instead of waiting for the person to grovel at your feet, or even say thank you, you should bask in the warming glow that the act of generosity gives you. Its especially warming when you do it without any expectations.