The Politics Of Giving Christmas Gifts

Buying Christmas gifts for people is weird. Like, who do I buy gifts for and who do I leave out? What if someone blindsides me with a gift when I haven’t gotten them something? Isn’t that so awkward?

My gift giving policy is usually this: if I see something that’s perfect for someone throughout the year, I’ll get it for them. As a result, my friends and family will get their gifts as early as February. I don’t like rushing everything in at once. I don’t like searching for gifts. I like to stumble upon them and be like, “OMG, this would be perfect for so-and so!” and then I get it for them.

Unfortunately, the rest of the world doesn’t operate like this, so I’m forced to bite the bullet and become one of those psychos desperately looking for an Xmas gift at the last minute. I hate it! Every gift I get feels so forced. Like “I bought this yesterday” is clearly written all over this one. And people notice too! You know when their reaction is completely inauthentic.

And you know what’s annoying? When you get older, your family expands to include people’s significant others and you have to start getting them gifts too. Luckily for me, I’m obsessed with my brother’s girlfriend and it gives me an excuse to shop for girls things, so I can’t complain, but it’s the principle of the matter. Why should I be penalized financially if a family member falls in love?!! And can I get two extra gifts because I don’t have a significant other? Single people are always getting screwed. I have so many weddings and baby showers ahead of me, all of which will cost me so much money. And what do single people get? Can I make you buy me gifts for my dog? Can I have a dog shower? It’s all so backwards! Single people deserve the most gifts. Helllooo! A SINGLE PERSON SHOWER. I’ll be registered at MY DRUG DEALER.

Anyway, where was I? Oh, right. Christmas gifts. Yeah, it’s weird. And I spent so much money yesterday buying everyone amazing candles, chic clothes on the sales rack, and Jo Malone body lotion for my grandma. My family is so lucky to be related to a gay person with good taste. Seriously. I got their wish lists this year and had to make some homosexual edits to all of them. In the end, I may not have gotten them the things they asked for. But I did get them things they didn’t know they needed until now. Merry Christmas! TC mark

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  • Zara

    i always want to go by that, buying people gifts when you see something they would absolutely love. But I never seem to have enough money when that happens! Also ” My family is so lucky to be related to a gay person with good taste. ” made me laugh OUT LOUD

  • Lindsay

    I laughed out loud the whole time.

  • http://twitter.com/tannnyaya Tanya Salyers

    Helllooo! A SINGLE PERSON SHOWER. I’ll be registered at MY DRUG DEALER.  
    Genius.

  • Tracey

    You are my favorite gay writer. You’re just too much fun!

  • http://twitter.com/julesgooles Julia G.

    Why should I be penalized financially if a family member falls in love?!! 

    my thoughts exactly.  total unwarranted punishment.

  • http://drewpan.wordpress.com/ Drew

    I used to really like Christmas shopping, when it was easier and we had less people to buy things for. You could take your time, and also afford to fork out a bit more for those perfect gifts (which usually come with ridiculous price tags). But now, people get attached, they have kids, and wow your own bills have increased too. It sure doesn’t feel too joyous at times.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=630402042 Tee Peezy

    writing skills are kinda poor in this… article..

    Line that made me cringe the most:And you know what’s annoying?
    Line with the Worst paragraph ending: Helllooo! A SINGLE PERSON SHOWER. I’ll be registered at MY   DRUG DEALER.
    Line that made me laugh the hardest: Luckily for me, I’m obsessed with my brother’s girlfriend

  • http://www.visakanv.com/ Visakan V

    Donate to charity on their behalf; nobody can complain about that!

  • woop

    so qt you :)

  • Jay

    “I have so many weddings and baby showers ahead of me, all of which will cost me so much money. And what do single people get?”

    Hi, Carrie Bradshaw.

  • http://www.giftideasblog.net/ Dan

    I do like to offer gift baskets for Christmas. There are so many options so I can find one
    for each of my friends.

    I look until I find the gift basket full with what he/she wants. Last year I have bought a
    basket with gadgets for my tech passionate friend George.

  • Steph

    LOVE this

  • http://twitter.com/EmElleB Megan Blanchard

    2nd paragraph = my thoughts exactly. i’d much rather get people things randomly that i know they will absolutely love than feel forced at the end of the year to find something “okay”

  • http://scribblesandtostitos.wordpress.com Yaa Yaa

    “Why should I be penalized financially if a family member falls in love?!! And can I get two extra gifts because I don’t have a significant other? Single people are always getting screwed.”
    My favorite line. You are so right. And I am with you on the Single People Shower!! Watch the folks “in love / married with kids” look at us like we’ve gone mad, while we’re required to go, grin, and bring a gift. SMH.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/top-christmas-gifts-now best christmas gifts

    I hate the blindside gift which then means that I have to go out and get a gift for the person that I was not planning to get.

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