AT On … What to Do With Useless Gifts?
I thought this Christmas was going to be different. After many emails and phone calls with my mother, phone calls and emails in which she hounded me for gift ideas, I was confident I had impressed upon her my desire for a sweater and a book or two. “Please don’t get me a bunch of stuff this year,” I begged.
She’s a reasonable woman, but something about the Christmas season causes her to take leave of her senses.
Now, I’m being a bit unfair. My mother’s generosity is admirable and, to give her credit, I did not end up receiving much this year that will go unused. But there was one great offense perpetrated this holiday season, one that I find hard to forgive: The One Touch Can Opener that I found in my stocking.
She laughed with delight when I fished it out and turned it over in my hands. (This past Thanksgiving I teased her mercilessly for owning something I considered so ridiculous.)
But now the laughter has faded and I am left with the reality of the situation: I own a One Touch Can Opener … as well as a perfectly good manual can opener that I’ve been using happily — with no need for batteries — for years. So what do I do with my new gadget? Use it? Store it away for the next white elephant gift exchange I’m roped into? Try to find out where my mom purchased it and return it for a store credit?
Did you get anything equally silly this holiday season? What did you do with it?