Unhappiness at the Secret Santa gift exchange

I’m involved in a gift exchange through the Photo a Day I’ve been participating in. Well, earlier this week someone received their gift, direct shipped, unwrapped and the receipt with the price was in the box. This person is a bit upset, even though it was an item that was directly off of their wishlist.

The reaction in the group has been mixed, a lot of think positive it was something you wanted, a lot of I can’t believe someone didn’t put more thought into it, it should have been wrapped, and it just goes on and on. Good intentions are draining the Holiday spirit.

(And yes, I am participating in a Secret Santa. ME! The hater of the holidays. LOL!)

How would you have reacted? Would you have reacted publicly at all?

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6 Responses to Unhappiness at the Secret Santa gift exchange

  1. Renee says:

    I’m on tire side. That’s exactly what i did last test food s secret Santa. I don’t want to pay shipping twice.

  2. l'empress says:

    One provides a receipt if there is a chance to donee will need to return the item. Even if it were on my wish list (which I don’t do), I think I would return it.

  3. Bev Sykes says:

    It sounds like someone took the time to check and get something the receiver wanted and avoided the long lines and expense of the post office. Sour grapes on the part of the recipient, especially making it all public.

  4. maryz says:

    I just had a gift sent, and there was an option to send a packing sheet without the price showing. So the recipient had the option to return, but without the price.

    In this case, is this a local exchange? If that’s the case, I would’ve had the gift sent to me, wrapped it, then given it to the recipient.

    If it had to be mailed somewhere else, I think I’d've had it shipped directly to the party. Gift-wrapped or not wouldn’t bother me, and if it was something I’d use, I’d keep it.

    But, this whole thing sounds way too complicated and unspontaneous and something that I wouldn’t want to participate in regardless.

  5. Jennifer says:

    The recipient should give it back because s/he doesn’t know how to be grateful. Seriously? It wasn’t wrapped the way she wanted it so she is causing a stir? Unnecessary first world drama.

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