Christmas is a month gone and I had to rant about this particular occurrence.
So I stalked e-Bay to get a really nice gift for the family member I pulled in our Secret Santa. We decided this year that each adult would pull another adult's name out of a hat and buy a gift only for that adult (of course, we were free to splurge on the kids if we wanted to and spouses, I guess). We had to spend $100 on the gift -- I know that's a lot, but the folks in my fam spend so much that they don't even have on gifts that this would save everyone hundreds of dollars.
I won a signature Coach wallet for this relative. I knew for a fact that this relative was a fan of the brand, so I thought this would be a home run of a gift and still keep me on budget. I was all worried that it wouldn't arrive in the mail in time and I was a little scared that I'd get played and it wouldn't be an authentic wallet or something.
On the contrary, it was authentic, it looked wonderful and it arrived before Christmas Eve.
So, imagine my surprise when I call to check on the gift and said relative was like "It's too big."
"I don't carry wallets this big anymore. I downsized my handbags. Can you take it back?"
Now, at first, I felt bad. I thought, how could I be so dumb to buy a wallet bigger than she needed? But then I was like, hold on! I've seen her handbags and I think that wallet would fit!
So, I asked my best girlfriend what she thought. She said my relative should have smiled, thanked me and then sold it, re-gifted it or something.
That's what I thought!
But, more than anything, I was annoyed that I bought the dumb thing on e-Bay, where I couldn't just take it back. So I am stuck with it. I plan to relist it, but man!
So, what do you think? Am I the one tripping and my relative was perfectly in her rights to refuse the gift? Or was that just bad gift etiquette? Curious what y'all think.
PS -- If any of y'all is interested in a bargain on a Coach wallet, e-mail me privately!