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Old 12-02-2012, 08:05 PM   #1
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Gift Card from DH (update in post #88)

Today is my big 3-0. Started out alright; DH cooked me breakfast. He gave me a card, that had a gift card in it as my gift.

I couldn't believe that he got me a gift card... he KNOWS that I hate gift cards as gifts, because they're not "personal" and don't mean anything. It's the gift you give someone when you don't really want to think about what to get them. He knows that I feel that way, and I've talked to him about it multiple times. He asked me what I wanted, and I told him not to get me any gift cards or flowers.

I don't want to seem ungrateful, but... I just wish he would have put more thought into a gift than just getting a gift card. I bet I seem like a horrible person. I don't want to be ungrateful, I just wish he had gotten me a more meaningful gift.


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Old 12-02-2012, 08:08 PM   #2
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I'm sorry
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Old 12-02-2012, 08:09 PM   #3
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Id just let him know you appreciate it and maybe kindly remind him you arnt big on GC. Where was it too if you dont mind me asking?
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Old 12-02-2012, 08:18 PM   #4
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It was to the clubhouse to the next neighborhood over from ours. Basically they have a restaurant and a golf course. (I have never played golf in my life, so I guess I will be eating there, lol)
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Old 12-02-2012, 08:27 PM   #5
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Well, first of all....

Secondly, I absolutely LOVE gift cards and would be tickled pink if everyone got me one instead of an actual gift. I love shopping and I never get to do it for myself, so that is part of the enjoyment for me. That being said, if it isn't your thing and your DH knows this, I can understand your disappointment. Maybe you can turn a negative into a positive and you both can go out and have a nice "date" at the restaurant, just the two of you? Maybe that's what he intended all along?
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Old 12-02-2012, 08:34 PM   #6
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I am sorry it hurt your feelings. If it helps, I adore my husban and think the world of him, but I have given him gift cards for birthday, etc. gift giving is not my love language and I am just not good at it. Maybe it is not your dh love language either?
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Two years ago DH bought me an aquamarine ring for Christmas, two days after me explicitly telling him not to. My reasoning was that I want a specific one from Tiffany and would rather wait to buy the exact one. But nope, ended up with a perfectly lovely but unwanted ring.

Yes, the thought counts, but the disappointment is still real and valid. You just want to grab their ears and ask "did you not hear the words that came out of my mouth?" But you don't. You smile, say thank you, and then try to find a way to make the gift work.
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I really hope he wants to take you to dinner there and that was his reason, but it kinda sounds like he's regifting.
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Oh yeah, Happy Birthday!!
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I would just ask him what he had in mind when he bought it. I'll bet there is a story. Maybe he envisioned getting a sitter for date night. Or a leisurely couples golf day? Or if there is a massage therapist there, a massage?
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