What People REALLY Mean When They Get A Gift

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December 7, 2012

If you’ve ever given a friend or a family member a gift and been completely puzzled by the reaction, we’re here to help. We asked around and have come up with a guide that should help you figure out if that smile is real or if it’s faker than a Louis Vuitton bag on Canal Street.

What She Said: Where did you find this?!

What She Meant: Where did you buy this? I’d like to return it.

Applies To: Clothing that doesn’t fit, is the wrong color, or is totally ugly.

What She Said: I can’t wait to wear this.

What She Meant: Straight to the back of my closet!

Applies To: Clothing without return tags.

What She Said: Awesome, I needed new socks!

What She Meant: Socks?! Are you freakin’ kidding me?

Applies To: Socks, but also K-Cups, office supplies – yep, that happened to me!

What She Said: OMG, you’re so thoughtful!

What She Meant: This is NOT what I asked for.

Applies To: “Unique” gifts: framed photos, ugly monogrammed items.

What She Said: I didn’t even know I needed this!

What She Meant: WTF is this?

Applies To: The “Boo” stuffed animal and anything else you’d give at a Dirty Santa swap.

What She Said: You shouldn’t have!

What She Meant: No really, you shouldn’t have wasted your money.

What She Meant: I was NOT planning on getting you anything.

Applies To: Gifts for people on your “Maybe” list (second cousins, friends you’ve never swapped gifts with, etc.).

What She Said: How nice!

What She Meant: I don’t really know what this is or if I’m going to use it, but I guess it’s the thought that counts?

Applies To: Candles, books, tchotchkes.

What She Said: This is the best gift ever!

What She Meant: I am totally re-gifting this.

Applies To: Things that are so overdone, ex. J.Crew bubble necklace.

What She Said: Everyone’s gonna be so jealous!

What She Meant: My friends and I are gonna have a good time laughing at this gift.

Applies To: Anything found in the trinket section at Urban Outfitters, gifts that are trying way too hard.

What She Said: Wow…

What She Meant: Really…this is what you think of me? Definitely reconsidering our friendship.

Applies To: Desserts, sex toys, fitness classes, pajama jeans.

What She Said: I hope you didn’t spend too much on this!

What She Meant: I would have rather had cash…

Applies To: Groupons for “adventurous” activities, ex. skydiving, white water rafting

What She Said: Who told you I wanted this?!

What She Meant:Who can I blame for this monstrosity?

Applies To: Ugly jewelry, home décor that’s just heinous,

What She Said: Oh, I love it!

What She Meant: This. Sucks.

Applies To: Something you personally would have given to Goodwill, ex. CD’s you’d find the $5 bin.

For gifts that your friends and family will actually like, check out our Going Going Gone gift guide, Men’s Magazine-Approved gifts, and  the best gag gifts.

 

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