(Closed) If you receive an awesome gift, but it's late, are you disappointed?

posted 9 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 17
20 posts

With wedding gifts, I think it’s totally fine to send it after the fact.  Re: Christmas, i think it’s a bit awkward not to have something under the tree for your loved ones as it’s all about date-specific reciprocity of giving and you’re going to feel  lame getting gifts from people and telling them “i got you something… but it won’t show up til two weeks from now” or whatever (and it kind of sounds like you might be making it up). 

I think the pp’s idea of a card with a picture of the gift you’re getting the person is an AWESOME idea.  then at your family christmas you can announce that because you are disorganized nobody’s gift has shipped yet, although you promise you really have bought them (be self deprecating and make a joke out of it), then exchange gifts using the cards with pictures of gifts.  that way you won’t be empty handed and your family can be excited/have a chance to appreciate and thank you for the thoughtful things you’ve given them, and i bet they won’t care at all not having them in-hand for a couple more weeks.  Just make sure that once the gifts do arrive you actually distribute them quickly!  If this was a family member of mine i’d be worried they’d get lazy and not get around to actually handing out gifts once they showed up in january. 

my parents have been known to give us a picture of a thing at christmas (eg a stereo or a camera) as a prelude to taking us boxing-day-sale shopping for that thing as our christmas present, and i’ve always thought that was awesome!

merry christmas!


Post # 18
2405 posts
Buzzing bee

@worldtraveler:  Unless it was the only gift I was getting for the occasion (from anyone,) I would rather a late great gift than an on-time lame one! It can be a bonus to get a gift after the holiday – it helps extend that holiday feeling. 🙂

Post # 19
7941 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

A gift should never be expected so honestly no disappointment should ever be involved, regardless of the situation or holiday. I would appreciate any gift regardless of how late it was. It is definitely the thought and action (even delayed) that counts.

Post # 20
9168 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@worldtraveler:  i could care less when i get it, it’s the thought that counts.

Post # 21
3292 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

It doesn’t matter. Most of the gifts we got arrived well after the wedding. I’d always heard that you have a year to give a wedding gift, but even that seems silly. I’d welcome a wedding gift 20 years after the fact! 🙂

Post # 22
1286 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

i would love gifts any time 😛

Post # 23
5317 posts
Bee Keeper

Nah, it’s sweet that you put so much thought into getting something special.

Anyone can run down to the drug store and get some random thing on time.

It’s extra nice if it’s timely but I’d say the quality of the gift (not necessarily expensive I assume, just that it’s tailored to the receiver) makes it clear how much you cared.


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