so­cial net­work

Christ­mas is the time for giv­ing, and it’s also great to be on the re­ceiv­ing end—but not al­ways. Four fa­mil­iar faces re­call gifts that some­what dulled their fes­tive cheer

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Four fa­mil­iar faces re­call Christ­mas gifts that dulled their fes­tive cheer

Fiona Ko­tur Marin

“Now I’m not one to look a gift horse in the mouth—i never com­plain about re­ceiv­ing a thought­ful gift or ges­ture. How­ever, I was sur­prised when a dear friend of mine un­know­ingly regifted the Marni neck­lace to me that I had given her the pre­vi­ous Christ­mas. In fact, I ac­tu­ally loved it and was happy to see it again and I still wear it to this day with fond­ness and amuse­ment.”

Annabelle Bond

“With­out a doubt the worst Christ­mas present I have ever re­ceived was from my grand­mother. Ear­lier that year I had made the fa­tal mis­take of telling her how good she looked in a par­tic­u­larly aw­ful sweater she was wear­ing. Ob­vi­ously I was try­ing to boost her con­fi­dence and be po­lite, but the sweater was a hideous ar­ti­cle of cloth­ing. Imag­ine my sur­prise when my Christ­mas present was a replica of the ex­act same sweater that my grand­mother had been wear­ing.”

Christo­pher Owen

“Un­doubt­edly the gift of lone­li­ness when my near­est and dear­est de­cided to take their Christ­mas hol­i­days in Thai­land and leave me camped in Hong Kong, where I was de­tained by ur­gent work dead­lines. Worst Christ­mas ever!”

An­gela Cheng­mat­suzawa

“My hus­band (Masaaki) and I were given a dec­o­ra­tive Ja­panese crys­tal plate for Christ­mas one year, but that’s not the weird part. I dis­tinctly re­mem­ber how strange it was that the gift was wrapped in Lane Craw­ford tis­sue pa­per that felt reused, which in hind­sight is good be­cause re­cy­cling is awe­some. How­ever, it was also in an or­ange Her­mès box with dec­o­ra­tive stick­ers cov­er­ing the logo. The crys­tal plate was an odd choice in the first place but if you’re go­ing to regift some­thing, at least be con­sis­tent and make it con­vinc­ing.”

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