It looked so good on the shelf.
So you wrapped the gift, placed it under the Christmas tree and watched your boyfriend open it with elation. And now, weeks later, the item has secured a coveted position — right beside a pile of dirty underwear.
Which is cool if we’re talking about a hamper. Not so cool if it’s a coffee maker.
The unused Christmas gift.
It’s a tough reality to embrace — even more difficult than accepting that your girlfriend is a fan of “Degrassi” on Facebook.
You want to believe.
Amid the unopened plastic and perfectly creased sleeves, you retain hope that the gift has accidentally been overlooked. You put your faith in these lines:
“I’m saving it for a special day.”
“I don’t want to break it.”
“I enjoy staring at cardboard packaging.”
Certain seasonal gifts — say, shorts and sundresses — likely won’t get attention for another few months. Then, there are those hard-to-assemble presents that require special supplies.
But big ticket, seemingly enticing items? Time for some tough love:
When the Christmas gift hasn’t been opened by mid-January, the odds aren’t in your favor.
If you’re crying over the unopened “Hot Booty” T-shirt you got your girlfriend, shame on you. Shop better next year.
Everybody else, don’t feel so bad.
The unused Christmas gift is disappointing, but it doesn’t have to ruin a relationship.
Accept your reality and then develop an action plan.
Your first instinct is probably to confront your significant other about the gift.
Not exactly the best option.
If you take that route, prepare for vague dismissal or brutal honesty.
And yes, that might mean hearing your girlfriend say, “I’m not wearing this necklace because I know you got it from a gumball machine.”
For better or worse, when it comes to unused gifts, the best action might be inaction.
Remember, there’s often light at the end of the tunnel — especially if the item in question is a men’s sweater or dress shirt.
Your boyfriend resists the itchy argyle now, but eventually he’ll submit to an overwhelming anti-laundry urge.
On a cold February morning, your gift — despite its drawbacks — will be a beacon in his quest to postpone washing clothes for as long as possible.
It’s not the ideal path toward gratitude, but it gets the tags cut off.
And for those of you on the receiving end of things, lighten up.
We get it: You did us a favor by feigning excitement on Christmas morning. Still, would it really hurt to suck up your comfort and personal pride in the name of warm, fuzzy feelings?
After all, gifts are often just as much about the giver as the recipient. We invest in something hoping it doubles as an investment in our romantic future.
That’s why loving someone often means wearing the too-tight sweater and mismatched jewelry to prove it.
Sonya Sorich, feature writer, can be reached at 706-571-8516.