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Started by lapsedcat on Dec 15, 2015 2:08:12 PM
My gift humiliation

We just gave out the Secret Santa gifts at work. In the end I decided against the bacon vouchers and instead gave my recipient one of those pastiche Ladybird books - The Hipster.

Well. In front of everyone she opened it. And went 'HUH?' And then said, "What's the hipster?" And someone tried to explain. And I squirmed. And she flicked through a couple of pages and muttered, "Now there must be SOME reason I got this... is there a picture of someone who looks like me in it?" There isn't. Then - "Wait - am I supposed to understand this stuff?"

Truth is, I don't know why I gave her that. I like it. But it's not for me. I thought she'd like it. She hates it. And now everyone thinks I'm a dick. How can I spin it?

Tagyourit - 15 Dec 2015 14:08:40 (#1 of 20)

+10 xmassy points!

fogmanay - 15 Dec 2015 14:14:02 (#2 of 20)

You´ve nothing left to lose. Get paralytic and try it on with someone.

Agaliarept - 15 Dec 2015 14:14:27 (#3 of 20)

She hates it. And now everyone thinks I'm a dick.

Your office has clearly not gripped the concept of 'secret' santa.

lapsedcat - 15 Dec 2015 14:15:17 (#4 of 20)

Oh, no. Everyone knew I'd drawn her. Because I, um, told everyone.

Heckler - 15 Dec 2015 14:16:51 (#5 of 20)

Photocopy your arse, accidentally scan it in and send it everyone.

Macpaddy - 15 Dec 2015 14:18:11 (#6 of 20)

You fool, lapsed. You've gone and confirmed everyone's opinion of you.

Agaliarept - 15 Dec 2015 14:18:39 (#7 of 20)

Because I, um, told everyone.

Ouch. Probably should have gotten her a decent present then eh?

Macpaddy - 15 Dec 2015 14:21:21 (#8 of 20)

The clue to face saving anonymity was in the name, lapsed. Secret Santa.

Macpaddy - 15 Dec 2015 14:23:54 (#9 of 20)

You'd have to be one of my four dinner guests.

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WhataBoderation - 15 Dec 2015 15:27:33 (#11 of 20)

Well. In front of everyone she opened it. And went 'HUH?'

That's not very gracious.

TommyDCMBR8 - 15 Dec 2015 15:27:59 (#12 of 20)

Secret Santa on a Tuesday?

I thought the Friday-after-lunch thing was a legal requirement.

Explicity2 - 15 Dec 2015 15:47:56 (#13 of 20)

You fool, lapsed. You've gone and confirmed everyone's opinion of you

It was just a matter of time. But, to the matter at hand,

1. Why would you buy her a Hipster book when she's not one?

2. Why would you buy anyone a Hipster book whether they were one or not?

3. Why would you buy anyone a "pastiche" book, when you could have written a better one yourself?

4. Why didn't you give her a signed, framed photo of you (in the purple shirt, obviously)?

nolongerstumpy - 15 Dec 2015 17:46:10 (#14 of 20)

Or in the dressing gown held closed with a lamp flex.

turbodancer - 15 Dec 2015 21:21:37 (#15 of 20)

Should have gone with the bacon vouchers. Can't go wrong with bacon.

turbodancer - 15 Dec 2015 21:26:42 (#16 of 20)

Actually, you might be able to salvage your reputation by offering to exchange the book for something bacon related.

Pentecost - 15 Dec 2015 21:32:42 (#17 of 20)

Ooh, the Hipster: can I borrow that? I'll give you a packet of pork scratchings..

raymie - 15 Dec 2015 21:46:35 (#18 of 20)

I hate this. I think i'll opt out next year. Must have no imagination

Dubris - 15 Dec 2015 21:46:53 (#19 of 20)

Of course those of us with a highly developed sense of curiosity NEED to know what gift lapsed himself received and how he reacted to it.

kvelertak - 15 Dec 2015 21:59:41 (#20 of 20)

They got him the emperor's new clothes.

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