I am a college senior. Last Christmas, as everyone was preparing to leave for the holidays, my girlfriend and I (also a student) exchanged gifts since she was going home to be with her family. We promised not to open them till Xmas. I had spent the night before hurriedly wrapping all my presents for family and friends. I arrived home and placed all my presents under the tree. On Christmas Day, we all gathered in the living room to exchange gifts before dinner. When Grandpa opened my gift he was quite surprised, along with everybody else, to have received some very expensive, hot red lingerie. ”Oh my God”, I thought, “Susie is probably opening a box with a shaving mug and brush in it right now!” I quickly tried to explain, but nobody could hear me over the peals of laughter. Here’s the kicker. Grandpa decided to keep the lingerie! Before returning to school, I had to go to a lingerie store and buy something cute & sexy, wrapped it up and presented it to my girlfriend when she returned to campus saying, “That was my joke gift. Here is the real one.” She bought it. Was that the better solution or should I have ‘fessed up to my mistake? Also, I spent a lot of money on the original lingerie. How do I get that back from GrandPa?
Biff in Boulder
On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me a shaving mug and brush….just doesn’t have the same romantic pizzazz, does it? I’m sure there are more than a few people out there who have suffered the same snafu. It can easily happen when one is rushed, drinking eggnog and wrapping presents. I do believe honesty is the best policy and it certainly makes for the best stories. In this case I think you could have told your girlfriend the truth. She would probably have gotten a laugh out of it….as for your Grandfather, I don’t even want to think about why he would want to keep the lingerie, sentimental reasons maybe? However, if telling him the truth didn’t work and he still wanted to keep the present you might have to plan a clandestine operation to get it back from him. In the end, you do have a great story for years to come!