(Closed) Odd Shower Gift- Reactions Please?

posted 6 years ago in Gifts and Registries
  • poll: Tea set for one. On face value, I think that gift is:
    Perfectly acceptable. You like tea, it's a tea set. Done and done. : (160 votes)
    87 %
    Great birthday present, weird bridal shower gift. : (23 votes)
    13 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I love those things! And no, I do not think there is a hidden message lying in the teapot. You like tea, you had a tea-party themed shower. Maybe she thought that since it was YOUR shower, that she should get something tailored to you? I wouldn’t read any further into this unless she gives you a single champagne flute at the wedding! πŸ˜‰

    ETA: Just saw you added a picture and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I’ll take it if you don’t want it! πŸ˜€

    Post # 4
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    Bumble Beekeeper

    I don’t know, I think it would be nice.  Those things can be expensive, right?  Maybe she collects these things and thought you might like it?  I received a single tea cup and saucer as part of a wedding gift (accompanied by a cheque) and I loved it.  Then again, I have a small collection.

    Post # 6
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I think it’s slightly odd.  Shower gifts are meant to set up the bride to be for married life.

    Post # 7
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    I think that’s nice. My first reaction is those Keurig (perhaps?) coffee makers that only make a cup of coffee for one? I know that it’s a little different but that was what I first thought of. If you have reason to believe that she’s hinting at something, then that’s a totally different story. But at face value I just see it as a nice tea set, I guess. 

    Post # 8
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I think that the Tea for One sets are quite popular/common now actually; even my local coffee/tea places sell them. I totally understand the confusion in that the assumption should be you and Darling Husband are having tea together, but in my household, we are just as likely to have only one of us want tea as it is to have both of us want tea.

    Post # 9
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I don’t think it’s weird–if it’s what I’m picturing, those are great for steeping the tea and really letting the leaves unfurl, and would be great to use for work. Maybe that’s what she had in mind? Maybe she doesn’t know if your Fiance even likes tea?

    From your post, it sounds like she’s given you other reasons to read (perhaps too much?) into the gift, and I think that might be coloring your perception of the gift (perhaps rightly, perhaps not). Would you have this reaction if anyone else had given you this gift?

    For me, especially since the shower is tea-party themed (so I wouldn’t necessarily read it as a stock-the-newlyweds’-house thing), it wouldn’t raise an eyebrow–I think it sounds like a nice gift. If she really wanted to make a passive-aggressive jab, there are ways she really could have done it. But I also don’t know the whole story you’re referencing.

     

    Edit: Especially now that you’ve added the picture, I think it’s a fine gift and not meant to be some kind of insult. Hey, if you don’t like it, send it my way. πŸ˜‰

    Post # 10
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Just saw that you posted a picture of the set. It’s SUPER cute! I think I might order one! πŸ™‚ Where did you pull the photo from?

    Post # 12
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2017

    I don’t think it’s weird. I think it’s cute. If I were going to a tea themed party and saw that I might grab it. I would assume YOU like tea. I don’t think there’s any hidden message.

    I like getting new mothers something personal just for them at baby showers and the same for bridal showers.

     

    Post # 13
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2017

    Oh I just saw your picture and I love it! I would love to get that.

    Post # 14
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    that doesn’t seem off/ or even the least bit odd.

    Post # 15
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    When I was first reading this I was thinking it definitely seemed strange, but then when I saw the tea set it kind of made more sense. She probably just liked it and thought you’d like it? Maybe she imagined you bringing it into work and using it there. Buying a gift for someone can be hard. I know I’ve given some doozies just because I didn’t know what else to get. The Urban Outfitters home section is perfect for that.  

    Post # 16
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    @MrsBroccoli:  I think that I’d get where you were coming from more if you were weirded out by the bath product gifts.  Clearly, other people were buying you gifts for…well…just you. So, I’m imagining that there’s a reason that you’re feeling this way about this gift from this person….perhaps it’s not about the actual present, so much as this person has pissed you off for some reason.

    I think that gift is really cute, especially for a tea-party themed shower.  It would be great for work, as PPs said.

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