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wyldwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 12:57 PM
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What does 'hard to shop for" mean??
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My wife and friends tell me I'm hard to shop for.

This statement is absurd for several reasons. One, my family has a tradition of everyone making a list of what he/she wants and passing it around. An often pointless endeavor because people often ignore the list and go rogue.

So after years of receiving useless, thoughtless junk or things I already have, I decided about three years ago that if someone MUST get me something for Christmas, just get me a gift card from a book seller so I can buy what I want for myself.

What I want - what makes me happy - can not only be purchased online but also in at least 5 department and grocery stores within 10 miles of where I live - making me ridiculously EASY to shop for.

Now, suddenly my wife wants to redefine the point of gift giving. Now, it should be to make the giver feel they've done something special, not necessarily making the receiver satisfied with what they've gotten. In other words, because my wife thinks getting gift cards is impersonal, I should also think they're impersonal.

If you're thinking all this sounds incredibly petty and materialistic, you're right. My initial request to donate gift money to one of my favorite charities was shot down.

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  -What does 'hard to shop for" mean?? wyldwolf  Dec-09-11 12:57 PM   #0 
  - My mom has similar ideas  cyberswede   Dec-09-11 01:21 PM   #1 
  - Since you obviously like books...  MicaelS   Dec-09-11 01:35 PM   #2 
  - I've been told that I'm really GOOD at shopping for people that I know well.  MiddleFingerMom   Dec-09-11 01:37 PM   #3 
  - Well, thankfully I don't have that problem!  mysuzuki2   Dec-09-11 01:55 PM   #4 
  - I really think that gift cards are the best.  RebelOne   Dec-09-11 01:57 PM   #5 
  - I've been giving things to a friend now for 9 years  hyphenate   Dec-09-11 02:01 PM   #6 
  - I got on my sister-in-law's shit list one year  The Velveteen Ocelot   Dec-09-11 04:31 PM   #7 
  - I found out something interesting  csziggy   Dec-10-11 08:37 PM   #37 
  - I'm 70 years old. I don't NEED anything.  trof   Dec-09-11 06:00 PM   #8 
  - if this were facebook  suninvited   Dec-10-11 12:19 AM   #13 
  - I only shop for the Angel tree kids  Skittles   Dec-10-11 01:50 PM   #29 
     - it's not only sad  shanti   Dec-10-11 08:20 PM   #35 
  - In my experience, men are just by nature harder to shop for  OhioBlue   Dec-09-11 09:22 PM   #9 
  - I have the same problem  Draill   Dec-09-11 09:25 PM   #10 
  - It means "The dood considers whatever I gifts to him useless thoughtless junk that he already has"  struggle4progress   Dec-09-11 09:27 PM   #11 
  - "Hard to shop for"  BiggJawn   Dec-10-11 12:11 AM   #12 
  - That's what I think it means but also...  Phentex   Dec-10-11 12:00 PM   #20 
     - In that case, let me suggest the "Universal Gift".  BiggJawn   Dec-10-11 01:09 PM   #26 
        - then she says nobody put any thought into it...  Phentex   Dec-10-11 02:46 PM   #32 
           - Boy, you're damned if you do and damned if you don't, aren't you?  BiggJawn   Dec-10-11 04:31 PM   #33 
  - my dad is damn near impossible to shop for  fizzgig   Dec-10-11 12:36 AM   #14 
  - When I'm traveling overseas, it's EASY to shop for souvenirs for my  Lydia Leftcoast   Dec-10-11 12:38 AM   #15 
  - teenage boys? Starbucks gift cards.  grasswire   Dec-10-11 01:36 AM   #16 
  - Not as a souvenir from a foreign country, though  Lydia Leftcoast   Dec-10-11 10:30 AM   #18 
  - Not as a souvenir from a foreign country, though  Lydia Leftcoast   Dec-10-11 10:30 AM   #19 
  - teenage boys-- itunes gift card  tabbycat31   Dec-10-11 02:15 PM   #30 
  - Again, not as a souvenir from a foreign country  Lydia Leftcoast   Dec-10-11 02:25 PM   #31 
  - most guys like sports  shanti   Dec-10-11 08:29 PM   #36 
  - knives/weapons  Kali   Dec-10-11 08:58 PM   #38 
  - one of the most thoughtful gifts I ever gave got mixed reviews.  grasswire   Dec-10-11 01:40 AM   #17 
  - Has everything they need  treestar   Dec-10-11 12:01 PM   #21 
  - token gifts?  wyldwolf   Dec-10-11 12:28 PM   #22 
     - I give you $20 and you give me $20  treestar   Dec-10-11 12:31 PM   #23 
        - or I give you a chia pet and you give me a bowl of artificial fruit  wyldwolf   Dec-10-11 12:34 PM   #24 
  - its the thought that counts/ don't like giving or getting gift cards.  cleveramerican   Dec-10-11 12:52 PM   #25 
  - Was Christmas ever meant to be this agonizing?  tblue   Dec-10-11 01:09 PM   #27 
  - means they are picky, self-centered bastards  Skittles   Dec-10-11 01:43 PM   #28 
  - well did you tell her how you really feel.  MrsBrady   Dec-10-11 06:11 PM   #34 
  - Chirstmas is insane. Yes! Buy useless plastic crap made in China,  Flaxbee   Dec-10-11 09:44 PM   #39 

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