We all know what it’s like to unwrap a gift that has you assuming the giver must’ve accidentally thrown your actual gift away and replaced it with a piece of trash from the garbage. How do you respond?
Most of the time, even when I get a gift I like, I stutter and err through the thank you speech. Eventually, I revert to my ten-year-old self and, by my parents’ command, make my rounds in the living room, kissing everyone’s cheek like they’re my generous aunts or uncles.
Whatever I do, when I get a gift, I feel awkward. And if you can relate, we both deserve to freely accept the holiday blessings we will soon receive. So, here are 8 ways to make getting gifts less awkward:
1. Be a smug about it
Own it. You did it. You deserve this gift–this honor! Blow your grammy a kiss and let the applause of the family fade before making a speech.
2. Give a bow
Lock eyes with the person who gave you the gift and slowly lower yourself in a sprawling fashion. If you’d rather rock a curtsey, hike those jammies, and have a go.
3. Really cake it on
Tears are always a nice touch especially for the simple gifts like tightie-whities.
4. Use props
Everybody likes a show pony. Don’t limit yourself to simple ways of expressing gratitude. Consider buying a bunch of bananas for a start.
5. Get creepy with it
Another way of avoiding the potentially awkward interaction of receiving a gift is to ensure they’ll never, ever get you another one.
6. Spice things up with some good ol’ fashion sweetness
The haircut is key.
7. Use a puppet to make it less awkward
Plus you’ll have the whole family praying for your sanity throughout the year. Not a bad thing, right? I could use it.
8. Pretty much, just say thanks
No one needs a speech or some elaborate act. A gracious smile, some double eye contact, and a genuine “thank you” goes a long way.
In the end, don’t overthink it. Accept the gift as a gift, and don’t make it into a burden.