Monday, December 20, 2010

oh the gift exchange

don't get me wrong, i like the traditional gift exchange where you draw a name and know who you're buying for. then you give it to them and they thank you and it's all merry and fun.

what i don't like is the generic "bring a $10 gift" gift exchange that you then play the stealing game with. i hate trying to pick out a gift for this game because there's so much pressure. when the person who picks your gift doesn't like it, it's obvious as they shout, "steal my gift!" every time someone is picking. that's so unthankful and rude - i can't handle it. how does that make the person feel who BROUGHT that gift? augh! i get all upset just thinking about it. haha.

so at the last tupperware manager's meeting of the year, we had a little christmas party. we had to bring a $15 gift. i stressed out shopping for this gift for way too many hours and ended up with a couple winners' trinkets and a $10 gift card for tim hortons. when it came time for the "game", we drew numbers and i was first pick. i picked a gift and it was a few packages of different martini mixes - i'm sure everyone was annoyed that i got this gift since i don't drink but it was a cool gift. then the gifts were picked one by one: a snowglobe, a party lite candle, a canister of christmas tea. no one was stealing. the person with the candle was shouting for people to steal it from her. my gift was picked next - fake sounding oohs about the gift card. maybe no one likes tim hortons... then the last person to go stole the gift that he'd given - my martini mix stash. i had the chance to steal and i just wanted to take back my own gift but thought i shouldn't so i didn't. i just took the last gift under the tree. i ended the game. everyone booed me for not stealing. seriously. but i didn't want any of those gifts! so much pressure. so anyways, i ended up with a reusable shopping basket thing and the reputation for being no fun at stealing games.

i suggested that we pick names for next year's gift exchange...we'll see...maybe i won't be invited after this year. haha.

3 comments:

Laurie Newbigging said...

I hate that game too, we play it every year at my grandmas. The kids always cry when their present is stolen....

LaelDyck said...

we played it at our bible study christmas party last week. i ended up with jenga, steve got "what about bob". i just bought a bunch of candy for mine and steve just wrapped a $5 bill. :P

Under His Wings said...

Sam's staff also do a similar type of "gift exchange." Only most of them deliberately try to bring an ugly gift - there's some sort of unspoken competition about who can bring the worst gift. I think one really bad gift reappears annually! Sam usually goes to Value Village to buy for this party.