Does anybody dread giving or receiving gifts for the holidays? It seems like a lot of people have given up on their expectations for presents and dealing away with giving gifts all together. Some people might've had a bad experience where they poured their heart and money into buying something for somebody, only to receive a pair of socks in return or an ungrateful comment. They say "its the thought that counts", but apparently some people have given it more thought than others.
I have never been much of a Christmas shopper, like many of you I hate crowds and try to avoid them at all costs. But recently, my workplace is doing "Secret Santas" so I was forced to go through the list of my "victim's" likes and hobbies to pick out some funny gifts. Last weekend was the worst shopping nightmare in a long time. I spent so many hours browsing the aisles over and over to not find what I wanted and not getting any ideas, that I was able to memorize where everything was. The screaming children and people with carts in the way or telling me to get out of their way was too much of a people overload, as I almost had a panic attack before leaving the store empty handed after the whole day. Some people asked me, how was my weekend? It fucking sucked. I swear I will never go shopping again. I'll give everybody lots of money next time.
Despite my shitty experience, I was able to capture some generic gifts for a gift exchange party, which was well thought-out in my opinion. Obviously, some people did not put as much thought into it as I did. All I got was blank rims of paper that was wrapped. They were heavy, and they were blank. Nope, not books.
After these experiences, I think I will curtail my expectations a bit and join the bandwagon of gift burning with Panda. Call me a humbug, but my sensitivities has been brought out recently and I might be taking things a little too personally. I no longer want to partake in such gifting drama.