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.