Listening Gets You Free Stuff

img_20190108_203214111A co-worker was lamenting the state of Christmas. It was not the commercial aspect that everyone seems to always grumble about (and do nothing about)  but rather the state of her own family Christmas and gift giving traditions.

Unlike a lot of people, she is in favour of a gift card. While many say that it is impersonal, she thinks that it is very personal–as in she can get what she personally wants.  She also likes consumable gift ideas.  When one of her relatives asked her what they could get for her, she requested coffee pods.  When they rejected the suggestion as it didn’t seem like a “true Christmas gift”, she said they could get “special ones” or “deluxe flavour ones’ if that would make them feel better.  Instead, they bought her some clothing that she didn’t like and had to fake smile while she held it up.  The same thing happened to her husband.  He got an awesome shirt in a style and colour that he would never wear.

Now, if they were to follow TV advice from supposed experts, I suppose she could have just asked if they had a gift receipt or asked them to return it for something else–but even I know how uncomfortable that situation can be.

These days, I try and make a list of things that I plan to eventually buy myself and if anyone asks me, I just forward them a copy of the list.   A few of my family members have caught on and have even found my Amazon wish list.  In fact, my nephew chose something from the list rather sceptically, and was surprised when I was happy to receive a lamp for Christmas.  He repeatedly asked me if that was okay.  I was overjoyed because I didn’t have to spend my money on a lamp.  Now I have a cool lamp for my stamp desk.

Sorry to talk about all this Christmas stuff well into the New Year, but bear with me, this does have relevance.

So, let’s retrace our steps back to my co-worker’s husband. He received a shirt in a colour and style that he did not like.  The item was too large for him.  He had neither the gift receipt nor the name of the store to enable him to return it.  He couldn’t stomach the idea of approaching the giver and dealing with it.

I hope you can see where this is going…

 I know lots of bloggers get free stuff to review all the time, but that is not me.  This is also not a review, that is another story distracting us from Today’s Perfect Moment.

So now, thanks to my dimensions, and being there at the right time, (as well as perhaps for being the sounding board for these ideas) I am now the proud owner of an Adidas Climachill shirt.

About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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6 Responses to Listening Gets You Free Stuff

  1. Margie Swain says:

    Not too shabby.

  2. Jinjer says:

    I love this! And that shirt is great on you. Good colors.

    I totally agree though. If you want to give me a gift, PLEASE either choose something from my wish list or just give me an Amazon gift card. That’s truly all I want. I was lucky this year. One of my friends asked me to give her a list of books (or whatever) that I wanted so she could “surprise” me with one of them. I thought 6 was a good number to choose from. She ended up choosing 4 of them!

    You are right on point about the lamp. We realize we need a lamp. We don’t want to BUY a lamp, but we look for a lamp and find one we like. It’s SO great if someone then GIVES us that lamp as a gift! Even though we may have spent the exact same dollar amount (or more!) to give them a gift, it’s still, somehow, a thrill to not have to buy that lamp we need!!!

  3. Laura Beth says:

    The only thing I wanted for Christmas this year was a good set of colored pencils and a new adult coloring book. And my husband delivered!

  4. Hunida says:

    Nice!! I don’t see why he wouldn’t want the shirt. I like it. 🙂

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