I received a terrible gift from the girl who use to be my best friend. She was the kind of person who was somewhat selfish. She wanted everyone to like what she liked.
She bought me a Simple Plan CD because she loved that kind of music. I hate that kind of music. (I'm not bashing their music or anyone's music taste by the way, lol) I prefer R&B, Hip-Hop or Gospel (I don't like Rap). She did ask me what I wanted for Christmas and I told her I wanted a new R. Kelly CD. However, my mom ended up buying it. So I told my friend to get something she knew I would like.
She knew my favorite color was and still is orange, she knew I loved Christmas, she knew I loved Disney, she knew I loved Harry Potter, and I have always been a huge Kingdom Hearts fan. And I still love all these things which I've mentioned. But even though she had this knowledge, I still received a shock when I went to her house and she
opened my present before she gave it to me, only to find a Simple Plan CD.
But to add insult to injury, she took the CD from me and burned it to her laptop, played the DVD it came with, and frowned when I asked for it back to take it home. Here response was, "Oh," and a frown. (we were in middle school by the way).
Every time I received gifts from her it was like this. She would always buy gifts she liked instead of considering the other persons interests. But I've always taken gift giving so seriously. I pay attention to details. I listen to what the person I'm giving a gift to talks about, I make note of their favorite colors, I pay attention to their favorite animals (she really loved frogs so I bought her an adorable frog wallet and necklace that she fell in love with), and what they wear. Basically I pay attention to a persons likes and dislikes. This is why I hate gifts that are either re-gifted or are actually bought for the giver and not the receiver. The gifts have no thought behind them. If it's being re-gifted I feel that you just gave it to someone just because you didn't want it. If you buy something you want, you aren't buying a gift for that person but for yourself.
If you're giving someone a gift even if it's just coffee or hot chocolate, be sure it's something the person will enjoy. I had a friend in college who couldn't go a day without her coffee, so I bought her this adorable holiday instant coffee kit. It had all kinds of flavors and she loved it. But this is because I pay attention to people. Some people don't seem to understand that when you buy or make a gift for someone it should come from the heart.
When God gave us Jesus, he gave us the greatest gift of all by giving us salvation. God put the best thought that anyone could give into a gift. So why is it, that some of us can't put the necessary thought into our gifts? Why can't some people learn to give something meaningful?
By the way, I'm 20 now and that girl and I are no longer close friends. And I hope I didn't offend anyone because I know there are "re-gifters" on this site. Thanks for reading my rant.