I wish people would stop asking me, I really don’t know and whilst I can always give suggestions I really honestly don’t need anything. Can we just not do the whole present thing?
I am, of course, talking about my upcoming birthday.
Now I’m fairly well off, I can afford most of what I want and that’s even before I consider things I really NEED (errr… nothing, really), so the whole idea of getting birthday presents seems a bit daft.
Is it just me?
Regular readers will know I that I flip-flop between fighting off the hordes of consumerism and succumbing to charms of the latest gadget. So this whole birthday present thing depends on the current state of the battle.
If I’ve recently had my ramparts overrun (ooer, missus!) then it’s easy to jot down a list of “things wot I’d like”, if my ramparts have yet to be breached (I should stop with this, right?) then my response to “what would you like for your birthday?” becomes a shrug and a few items that I could just as easily pick up myself.
But then it’s not about the item you get, it’s about the fact that someone has taken the time to think about me and get me something they think I’ll like. I get that part of it fine and dandy, honest I do and, you know… thanks.
The whole present buying/receiving thing is a tricky area of course, with oodles of etiquette and unwritten rules which make it far harder than it should be. For example:
- Are you allowed to admit that you throw away presents?
- Is there an acceptable timescale for re-using presents? Ohhh come on, we’ve all done it!
- Is providing a list of things you’d like the “done thing”?
- What is wrong with just cancelling the entire birthday shenanigans??
IS it just me? I doubt it.
Of course, regardless of all of the above, I reserve the right to change my mind completely when my birthday rolls around.