#866 When the gift receipt is already in the box

Box hopefully returnable

ALF was a great TV show.

But let’s be honest, you may not want to own the wise-cracking, cat-eating alien’s first three seasons on DVD.

So if you land ALF, or a fondue kit, or a shot glass chess set, or a gelato maker, or a sweater that doesn’t fit you, or the Wheel of Fortune board game, then you may find yourself saying “Oh thank you, it’s just what I always wanted,” when you’re actually thinking “Oh thank you, it’s just what I never wanted.”

That’s why it’s great when you see the gift receipt just laying in the box after you pull out the gift. You avoid the awkward “It’s okay if you don’t like it” (No, no, I do), “I wasn’t sure if it was something you wanted” (No, no, it is), “They have it in black too if you don’t like green” (No, no, I like green), or “I can give you the receipt if you don’t like it” (No, no, I like it) conversations.

Yes, when the gift receipt is already in the box, there are no questions asked, no questions answered. It’s just sitting there, a secret wink, a private head-nod, a quiet understanding between you and the very kind, very generous, very thoughtful person who gave you the present.



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31 responses to “#866 When the gift receipt is already in the box

  1. Well, I was close. Maybe that’ll be #865.

  2. Man, I want the Wheel of Fortune boardgame.

  3. Merry Christmas!!

    I really enjoy your blog posts – thanks for sharing.

  4. ultra witch

    here here! though i wouldn’t mind a gelato machine…

  5. Melissa

    Merry Christmas! Hope you had a great one.

    Thankfully none of my gifts this year required a gift receipt. Hope none of yours did either!

  6. I would kill everybody in my neighborhood for a shot glass chess set. Probably not, but I’d LOVE to own one, regardless.

  7. Michael McIntyre

    Agreed, a shot glass chess set would be a friggin awesome gift

  8. Yeah but… But… I don’t know how you guys do it there, but here it’s a custom not to let the price on the object. LOL

    However I’d like this thing, with the receipt. :)

    • Ken

      That’s the beauty of the gift receipt – it does not display the price – just proof that it was purchased, and it lets you return it with no hassle.

  9. Hans Norman

    Not quite so awesome, though, when you discover that the gift was purchased from a shop which has closed down.

  10. I just realized that I bought my boyfriend’s sister a shot glass checker set for Christmas 5 years ago. I now feel awful. This is like Echo Guilt.

  11. Suchros

    You don’t have to do one a day if it’s too fast… Put the receipt in a closed envelope that states contents and gift-you can toss it somewhere with others and use in case it’s ever needed, also easier to find than from a pile of receipts since letters state what they contain.

  12. C

    Sadly the people who give me gifts would never have the receipt in the box, I would have to beg for it…or just put the bad gift on ebay.

  13. Zack

    other then ALF, I would have like any of those:P

    • LauraHelen

      I don’t know you, but I’m totally getting you a sweater that doesn’t fit for Christmas this year – tags cut off, receipt thrown away… and it will be green.

      • Emmy

        Been there, done that. My dad bought me like, five 90s style SWEATERS off this website with sales on it all the time (no refund or return)… He described them really nicely (he said they were cardigans), and then they turned out to be really mucky colours… like rusty red, grey/blue, olive green, goldy white and dark mustard yellow >P he still thinks i love them.

  14. lolly

    The only time I’ve seen that alf thing was on some anti-drug video back in 2nd grade… -_- don’t ask… It was a weird weird weird school.

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  17. Emmy

    lol, i thought you said AFL was a good show. Coz footy definitely ISNT good to watch on tv… i dont know why so many people are crazy about it.

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  19. wendywithaurora

    When you’re fully “aware” the receipt is there,
    you can “accept” the gift ever so graciously and provides a far better stage for your most “authentic” gratitude performance ever:D
    BRAVO on this Awesome Neil.
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    I’d actually love a fondue kit :) besides its really the thought that counts!

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