This morning I got up really early to catch up on some work before everyone else got up and chaos descended over the house. Instead, I made the mistake of having a look on eBay and Facebook before getting started – just for a few minutes you understand.
Except I saw a link on Facebook to a recent news article that made me stop and think just how ungrateful some people could be. So I decided to write about that instead of doing the things I needed to do!
Basically the story was about a bride who, in a series of texts to one of her guests, was extremely rude to one of the guests about the gift she had given – a homemade food hamper filled with treats and sweets with a gift tag saying ‘Life is delicious – enjoy’.
Apparently, the bride (we’ll call her Bridezilla, shall we?) helpfully pointed out to the guest that people gave money at weddings and told her that weddings were an investment for the couples future as the expectation was that money would be given! Bridezilla then went on to educate her guest by telling her that people hadn’t given gifts like that for 50 years and she should be embarrassed for being so cheap.
I would be mortified if someone thought that one of my gifts was ‘cheap and embarrassing’ I’d be mortified.
We don’t do many homemade gifts as such but we do make snowman soup at Christmas and I do like to make hampers for people for gifts as well. I made one of my friends a pamper hamper before with lots of little bits and bobs in for them to pamper themselves with and I thought it was a lovely gift. I think she did too although now I’m wondering if she was just being kind and would have preferred something else.
The thing is when I make a hamper for someone, I choose a theme (as the guest above did by the sounds of it) and I write down what sort of things I want in there and over the next few weeks, when I’m out and about and see a bargain then I buy it ready for when I make the hamper. I then buy the rest of the things on my list and package it all together so it looks really nice and I know it sounds geeky but I’m always proud to hand over my gift as I know how much thought has gone into it and I know (or I thought I knew) that it would be well received.
I also love getting homemade gifts, the thought that you can see has gone in to them is brilliant. For my birthday this year, my friends held a mini spa night for me with facials and other spa-like beauty things along with a gorgeous homemade cake and wine which I thought was an amazing gift. I was so touched that they’d thought of that and it was one of my favourite presents that I’ve ever had.
I’m not saying I wouldn’t like it if someone handed me a nice cheque but I certainly wouldn’t be ungrateful for any gift, let alone one that someone had thought about and spent time putting together.
What about you?