…about presents

I feel weird about getting presents. It’s weird to get things for free from someone because you happen to have met them. Weird.

In case that is too subtle, I have some information for anyone thinking about buying me gifts this year:

  1. I hate it when you watch me open presents. The pressure of opening gifts is such that even if I love an item, I get performance anxiety and seem lukewarm about it when I have finished with the wrapping paper. I’d much rather open gifts alone in a dark room and send  safe thank-yous in which I can phrase my gratitude convincingly.
  2. I don’t like stuff. I just don’t like it. Sure, like every other American I accumulate it even when I don’t need it. That doesn’t mean I enjoy it; it means I don’t need your help. Often, I find acquiring things oppressive. It feels like gaining weight. I think “when am I going to lose this?” There are a few exceptions, but chances are you won’t think of those special items. Chances are you will give me a decorative knick-knack I have to dust regularly that some poor child in China was paid five cents a week to make. And then it will end up in a landfill. And in the meantime I will resent the item anyway every time I have to move it to clean the table where it will end up.

How many of you still have this in your closet?

  1. If I am not related to you, I don’t want to exchange presents. It’s weird that you want to. Weird.
  2. Your taste is terrible.
  3. When you give me something, I have to figure out where it will fit in my closet-limited apartment.
  4. The reason I don’t have that is probably because I don’t want it.

If after reading this, you still want to get me something, then you didn’t read it carefully enough. Go back and do it again.

Happy Holidays.


4 Responses to …about presents

  1. I agree, but I do want to get you something: a bigger closet to store your stuff.

  2. Jess says:

    Does your son feel this way yet? If not, what does he need for Christmas? 🙂

  3. Beth Gershman says:

    You are awesome. I tried to go this route this year with my family, for Christmas. We were going to exchange names and I said I would buy gifts, but no one should get me anything…. I was called a grinch and a humbug. I wasn’t trying to get outta buying them, just receiving.

    • bethrodio says:

      I always wonder if everyone secretly feels this way, but I just don’t have the smarts to keep it shut. Or are you and I really just weirdos?

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