I like to think that the gifts i gave weren't returned because not only did I put a lot of thought into them, they were things that I know my friends and family like/wanted/needed. I don't just pick random gifts and try to match them to recipient later. So in my (eternally long) trip to the store I started trying to guess what could be in the bags and boxes that people were returning. The first one I guessed was that of a sweet elderly woman. I could see her hip granddaughter trying to bring her modest grandma into the modern age.
Then of course there is the young woman standing with who appears to be either her best friend or her sister. She is obviously fuming and has twice opened the bag she is carrying and glared inside. My deduction is that she and here boyfriend just spent their first (and likely last) holiday season together.
Another opportunity for crummy presents is at a wedding. Especially if one or both families are against the union. Then the parents step in with their ill-timed gifts.While my husband and I didn't get this treatment I can imagine a few couples that I know who would.
And so as to avoid coming off like I believe myself to be perfect I include for your amusement the sort of gift mishap that is my forte.
Yes my dear, I am indeed serious.