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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

GIFTS

Last week in our office, we were to pick a number. Each number will be associated with a name and we have to buy a gift for that person. The gift is to be presented during an official lunch.

To be frank, whenever the chance occurs for me to gift, like for a friends marriage, birthday etc, i club with some of my friends and we give a group gift. The advantage is we can pool in money and buy a better "presentable" gift. When the money goes higer the options are wider.

But to buy a gift alone for 20$ was the most difficult chore of my life, especially when you hate shopping. So the best option, try to buy it online. The only problem is it will take more than a week to deliver and i dont have that much time.

So i set out to walmart, target and few other shops to buy a gift to an unknown person in our office. I check wallets, dolls, toys, bags etc etc etc. After 3 hours i settled on a decent perfume which i thought will make the recipient's days fresh with the fragrance.

When we were at the lunch, i found mine was a bad idea. There were ppl who bought chocolates, chocolate covered pretzels, swiss knife, ice boxes and they all looked good. It was terribly embarrassing to get a bad gift.

I dont like this gifting idea at all. Partly because i m a bad gifter, but also what purpose are we trying to acheive here. 5 out of 10 gifts are going to be bad. Instead of giving such gifts i would suggest to pool the money and play lottery.

-S

posted by ACE !! at 8:38 PM

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