We decided to go traditional when it comes to our wedding gifts…
We regretted it.
We had two rice cookers a cream one and a green leprechaun one, six sets of fancy drinking glasses, three sets of fancy drinking glasses with fancy looking pitcher, another three sets of fancy looking bowls, two power blenders, three power juicers and several bed covers – the worse part, of different sizes – King size, queen size and a double.
The Receiver’s Dead End
I don’t want to sound like an old brat hag, we did appreciate that receiving gift is a privilege. We knew for a fact that these items are well-thought of, but having several of these all at once for all these years, we’re in our 6th year of marriage and there are still some gifts fancy wrapped, hidden behind cupboards and closets and nooks around the house.
Honestly though, it did felt more like a burden than a blessing when you’re out of space for new stuff (gifts or purchased) coming in (Hoarding 101: You can’t give away something that someone gave, it has a sentimental value.) or when you had to get through all the jungle of stuff to get that particular item hidden behind.
The number of things you possess but don’t need is equally proportional to your stress.
That’s one of the downside of receiving unsolicited advises and in this particular topic, gifts.
But alas, giving and receiving gifts is one of the Filipino traits of showing generosity that it makes the celebration more special and exciting! Opening of gifts is usually the highlight of the event for the celebrants. The delightful and warm feeling of giving gift even just because is what makes life full of fun surprises and memorably kilig – the fancy wrapping and the process of unboxing aka solving the mystery of what’s to unravel. Things escalate (when the gift is presented) and rise steady from there or it can deescalate very fast – in my case, peaking through enough to see it’s the seventh set of another fancy drinking glasses.
The Agony of Giving
Take it from me, gift giving is a challenge. It can be exhausting – it may actually make a weakling nauseous and out of breath.
Now let’s get our perspective straight on the giver’s end. It’s better to give than to receive. And I solemnly believe on this virtue. One Japanese man volunteered to evacuation sites after the tsunami hits and took away his livelihood along with his entire family. The act of giving his self to others made him strong enough to move forward.
But giving an actual gift is another story, for it can actually be a pain to endure as well.
After troubling yourself in the budget section, you move forward to what to buy and how to buy it, and from there you’ll learn that:
Delivery charges are costly especially when it’s either light but bulky or small but heavy. Charges also depends on where you will actually send your gift. Will it be catapulted in the middle of nowhere? Is your receiver living under a rock on top of the mountainous forest in the middle of Bermuda Triangle or in one of the anemones passed the Australian east current?
It doesn’t matter, you’ll have to pay a good chunk of money so even if you get a steal deal, it’ll be stolen back to you. Or worst, the package would pass the scrutiny of a corrupted agency giving you extra charges, extra hours or months of waiting whether it already arrived, received or worse, missing! #beentheredonethat
You can also squeeze the creative juice in you if your up for it (that usually happens after your daily dose of caffeine) and do a more personal touch to your gift, but that’s a 50-50 chance for it can only be either extremely artistic or extremely ugly. Plus, aside from money, you need a lot of time, effort and stress-free brain cells. #truthhurts
Come to think of it, we really aren’t sure what’s out there – the slimy thingy that touched your toe when you submerged in the water, whether his complement is sarcastic or truthful, and the mystery if the gift is a handy blessing just in the nick of time or an unbearable curse they will passed on to their next generation. Unless you get it from their wish list or they plainly blurt it out when you asked them – which kills the surprise factor.
A person can have panic attack triggered at times when the due (event or celebration) is nearing and still you don’t have time to think about what to get and time to actually shop or browse to get it.
There is also an underlying stress in handling your gifts as you can’t travel all gifts as easily like the others. Cold gifts will melt on the way, hot gifts will cool down on the way. Fragile might break, heavy might make you sweat a bucket, some may spoil and some may pull on one of your legs in the process.
Aside from the fact that some private commute services are still suspended. You can’t carry it carefully and marathon your way to the MRT, fight your way for a seat in the bus, and sleep your way inside the jeepney without the risk of waking up empty handed. The worst, the remote parking area is ten blocks away from the fancy shabby place.
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