Post # 1
Is there a totally normal gift that most people like that you absolutely hate receiving?
For me it’s bath and body items. I absolutely hate getting those items. I smile and say thank you but they always end up in the trash almost immediately. I hate baths so I never use salts, or bubble bath or oils. And I’m very particular about the type of shower gels and lotions I use so I never use the ones that come in gift sets from VS or Bath and Body Works or the Body Shop. I think the reason I absolutely despise getting this because it seems to be the go to gift for women you’re not close to so I’ve built up quiet an inventory over the years. I keep some to put in the guest bathroom but most just go directly in the trash.
What’s your least favorite type of gift?
Post # 3
@Meowkers: My grandma always tries to give me home made gifts. Whether it’s something she bought at a craft show or something she made herself. It never fails. For my bridal shower she gave me a 2 foot long wooden sleeping angel made for a mantel. It’s very cartoonish. I can only guess she will try and top it for Christmas.
I agree about bath and body stuff too though. It gets old.
Post # 4
@Meowkers: I agree about bath stuff (it’s what I thought of when I saw the thread title), which is why I never buy it for others. it’s usually packed with artificial fragrances, and I don’t want to smell like walking potpourri. Plus a lot of the ingredients, fragrance included, irritate my skin and usually don’t do much beneficial for it.
Post # 5
People who attempt to give me the Christmas/Birthday combination gift tempt fate as it is….but if you pull that crap AND give me beauty, skin care or bath & body products…I will kill you and that is that. I know what I like, I use it, I buy it, I don’t expect anyone else to finance my quest against wrinkles and dry heels…and I don’t want a holistic body bar…AT ALL.
Post # 6
@Meowkers: lol I know what you mean! 😛
Post # 7
I agree. I hate baths, so anything bath oriented is useless to me.
Also, earrings. First of all, I’m picky, and people always pick stuff that is just not “me”. Second of all, I rarely wear earrings, because they irritate my ears, so it’s a pretty useless gift. In general, I don’t like receiving jewelry unless it’s from one of my few girlfriends with good taste in that sort of thing.
Post # 8
- Wedding: May 2013 - The bride's hometown United Methodist Church near Kalamazoo
I totally agree about bath stuff! I’m picky about scents and really like more natural stuff: I HATE bath and body works. Now, if it’s from LUSH, I would LOVE it since I’m a huge lush-obsessee, but no thank you, bath and body works!
Post # 9
Clothes… Unless it’s something specific that i asked for. My ex’s mother used to do this, all three brother’s g/f’s got the same sweater in different colors…. and then were immediately donated by this chick.
Post # 10
I hate recieving bath and body crap. How much of that stuff do people think you need?
I also hate recieving novelty stuff for the kitchen. My kitchen is tiny and I barely have enough room for the items I use daily.
Oh! And I hate recieving knic knacks (sp?). MY tiny kitchen lives in my tiny apartment, and it’s hard enough to keep it looking tidy without a million random things cluttering up the place!
…basically…I sort of think once you’re an adult, if you want/need it, you’ll probably get it yourself. I’m not into the whole gift giving and recieving thing. I’d rather do a big donation every Christmas and then have a nice dinner.
edit: I’m not against giving and recieving gifts in general, i just don’t like when it’s obligatory (x-mas, birthdays etc). You wind up with too much stuff you don’t need, and it’s rarely heart-felt. Kind of a chore. Random heart-felt gifts that the person really thought you’d love are a nice thing though.
Post # 11
I hate lotion. Hate hate hate lotion. It’s taken over my two bathrooms. I’m going to start regifting it. It’ll be the new fruitcake.
Post # 12
I hate getting bodywash because I dont the like the smell of any berries and when someone gives them to me I just give them to my daughters. I have a particular scent that I like and it is not sweet smelling stuff.
Post # 13
We have a rule about bath stuff and anything ornamental. It is NOT allowed unless requested. No one has room for junk.
Post # 14
@Meowkers: That is mine EXACTLY! The only thing that is barely passable are the hand pump soap from Bath and Body Works – and those go in deep in a cabinet and only come out when I’m completely out of hand soap. The rest gets donated to Goodwill!
Post # 15
@Meowkers: I also don’t like bath things. I’m super sensitive and I have to be really picky about what I use on my skin.
I also hate clothes and any decor for the home. most people do not understand my style and I end up with stuff that I must return or put in the goodwill bin.
honestly, I would be so happy if birthdays and holidays were gift free (except for kids gifts, that is still fun).
Post # 16
@janie-janie: Agree! You said it better than I did. 🙂