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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Present-giving: A Dying Art

Every year on my birthday I look forward to receiving presents from everyone I know. And every year the number of presents keeps dwindling. Where before I used to have friends and family buying me individual gifts, now I have a group of friends presenting me with one shared gift, and family can no longer be bothered to shop for me, so it's usually cash from them.

Where before there would be so much thought and love going into each purchase, now it's obvious that the purchase was hurriedly made and usually picked to suit the buyer's budget and not the birthday person's taste.

Where before I used to receive books, watches, perfumes, jewellery and CDs, now I receive candles and other totally useless items, and once in a while, an unwanted gift someone received on their own birthday. And each time, I have to react in the same way.

Friend: Guess what it is before opening it!
Me: Err ... (shakes box) .... a vase?
Friend: No lah! Quickly guess again!
Me: I have no idea. (Tears wrapping paper apart and opens box with a beaming smile)

Inside lies one of those sand sculpture things, you know, the coloured sand in a bottle that you can find in shopping centres nationwide?

Me: (Maintaining big fake smile) Oh it's bee-yoo-ti-ful! Thanks so much!!
Friend: I knew you'd like it!

I already have two of those. But hey, at least it wasn't yet another candle.

And then there are presents from guys. Men who are not interested in you are likely to get you gift vouchers, if they get you anything at all. Men who are interested in you will get you something that THEY like. For instance, G-strings.

I'll let it be known right now that I hate G-strings. They make you feel like you're having a permanent wedgie. But they are a necessary evil, since visible panty lines are a social disgrace these days. Some G-strings are more comfortable than others. Put it this way, the sexier they are, the more uncomfortable they are.

There was this one guy who bought me a G-string that was literally a string and some lace. And it was TINY. He must have had delusions of me having a teeny tiny waist because that thing looked like it wouldn't even fit a toddler. And he had the cheek to say, "I'll take you out to dinner tonight if you promise to wear that," followed by a lecherous wink. "Oh, I wish I could, but I already have dinner plans ... for the next three months," I said sweetly.

The next category of presents are the boyfriend gifts. Now, boyfriends are under a lot of pressure to get good gifts or end up with a merajuk/sulky girlfriend. I know one guy who bought his girlfriend a bookmark for her birthday, and then spent half a month's salary on flowers, chocolates and gifts to win back her affection. I'm not going to go into a debate on why girls behave like this, they just do. Just like guys are into sports and cars. (Generalising is so much fun.)

Hint to guys: Girls just want to be pampered and appreciated - a spa/massage treatment will always be welcome, and if you're broke and can't afford the real thing, do it yourself! Even if it's just a 15 minute foot massage, it's a lot better than buying her a useless RM50 gift, ok?

I like shopping for people. I like taking the time to browse and wonder if they would actually appreciate the gift before I buy it. I take the trouble to find out beforehand if there's anything specific they want, simply because I care about the person. Besides, it's their birthday and they deserve to feel special and happy on that day. It's just once a year after all.

The worst present I've ever received was this really ugly fake pearl necklace that looked like it belonged to Mimi of Drew Carey fame. And it was obvious that it had been a free gift from some other purchase because the brand name was on the clasp! If you can't afford anything, my dear, I don't care. Just wish me sincerely, have a good chat with me, have a teh tarik with me, it doesn't matter. Just don't go fobbing off your unwanted gifts on me. That's all I ask. Remember, your present speaks volumes about you.

Kucing Gatal wants to hear from you - what's the worst present you've ever received? And what's the worst present you've ever given someone?

Till next time, this is Kucing Gatal signing out with a presentable Meow.


  • the best present one can receive would be something one has been longing for, or something one could use.

    i tend to observe my friends, see what they want or need (some friends are quite obvious in dropping hints) & then try to get the item for their next birthday.

    worst present... some useless knick-knack that does nothing but gather dust & take up space, perhaps.

    By Blogger lynnee, at August 10, 2005 12:43 PM  

  • pressie i hate are the kind when i've ESPECIALLY mentioned it to their face more than once - HUGE teddy bears. i hate those things!! some girls may like it but (coz they cuddle it n place them on the bed and it normally takes up like 1/2 of the bed n u find urself in a fetal position everynite when u go to bed just so that horrendous thing has a spot in the limelight of the room - GIVE ME A BREAK!!) - i dont. just for the simple reason that i dont have space that i'm willing to spare and i'm allergic to dust n such HUGE furry things tend to gather dust so damn easily - thank you but NO THANK YOU!

    i remember one (stupid) xbf of mine who bought me this HUGE pooh bear and he was grinning from ear to ear as he approached me with it. i took the gift n put on the fakest smile ever said thank you n now its just lying in the store room. i'm just waiting to give it away to some kid for xmas but mum wants to give it to the orphanage. well, i dont really care - hate that thing anyway. *shudders*

    i like personalized gifts. gifts you make, be it a card or photo frame. in fact, i normally do that. i take the time to create a card or a gift for friends. i dont really know if they liked it or not but i think when u've put in extra effort in MAKING the gift with ur own 2 hands, its hard not to like. :)

    By Blogger mistyeiz, at August 10, 2005 1:00 PM  

  • i agree with mystyeiz. personalized gifts are the best.

    i once got a pocket tissue cover for my birthday. free gift/unwanted junk in the house? hmm...

    By Anonymous Charlene, at August 10, 2005 1:55 PM  

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    By Blogger xaph, at August 10, 2005 3:00 PM  

  • Your post left me wondering. I always try to make other people's birthdays a pleasant and memorable event, and part of the reason as to why I put in the effort is because I want my gifts to be distinguished.

    Well, there was this one girl that I used to like A LOT, some time back.

    Well, I don't like her anymore now (loathe, despise, are more suitable words to describe my feelings for her), but the remnants of my infatuation for her still remain, on my computer and on the web.

    Kucing, I will email you the link in a while, and if possible, may I request a dialogue with you? It's about some questions that I have, of women, that I would like to have answered by someone mature, someone like you.

    By Blogger xaph, at August 10, 2005 3:06 PM  

  • oh well, a chess set. i hate chess. like oh god dats the gayest nerdiest plain boring thing to do EVER! and here, a gf bought me a chess set. thank god she's been relegated to an ex-gf dah. bleerghh..

    the best gift ever, was this set of montblanc traveling toiletries thingy. god its so nice. such thought.

    By Anonymous tarehgemuk, at August 10, 2005 3:10 PM  

  • oh my!!! i'm guilty of buying a decorative candle wax thingy just last weekend as i was rushing. shits. *guilty*

    n yea... its wonderful when you recieve "made" presents. makes it alot more truthfull and honest. and its worth much more than actually buying something.

    My bday's next week... well i hope i get some nice prezzies... been deprived of em... when's ur bday anyways KG? or did i miss tht sumwhere in ur posts?

    By Blogger Shanker, at August 10, 2005 4:05 PM  

  • Lynnee: Exactly, it's no use getting someone something that they don't want or can't use.

    Mistyeiz & Charlene: The effort that goes into homemade gifts is what makes it so special, and always appreciated.

    Xaph: Sure, I'll check my email and respond as soon as I can. About the mature thing... hmm, very subjective you know :P

    Tarehgemuk: Chess is good for the mind ;) But yeah, if you don't like it, and you get a set for your bday, that just sucks.

    Shan: Better late than never! Next time avoid the candle section entirely, unless you're buying for yourself. Happy birthday to you, way in advance! My birthday is coming up in a couple of months ;)

    By Blogger Kucing Gatal, at August 10, 2005 4:25 PM  

  • The worst present.. hmm.. I can't recall, cos all of my birthday presents were fabulous, but I really wish I won't be receiving any photo frames for my next birthday.

    I have a huge collection of frames given to me on my birthdays since I was in school. my room now is a resemblance of Living Cabin, or Lovely Lace with those frames. plus I think it's childish.

    I need something that suit my age now.. like.. G-String maybe... hehe..

    By Blogger Butterflyn, at August 10, 2005 4:26 PM  

  • KG, you're right abt that matured statement being subjective...

    xaph : wah xaph....make it sound as if the rest of us aren't matured. tsk, tsk, tsk.....:) bad boy, very bad boy - u need a spanking. come, come....AUNTY mistyeiz spank you...;p

    ps. if u put in that much effort n she didnt appreciate it, you're certaintly better off without her. :) i sincerely mean that....

    shan : sorry shan, my creativity ends where sex toys are concerned. :D

    By Blogger mistyeiz, at August 10, 2005 4:42 PM  

  • Having a computer, a vibrato and pizza delivery !! What more would a lady wants. As for it to be a dying art I agree wholeheartedly give present die tak kasi pun die. Shheeeshhh.

    By Blogger Laguhati, at August 10, 2005 6:22 PM  

  • "mistyeiz: wah xaph....make it sound as if the rest of us aren't matured. tsk, tsk, tsk.....:) bad boy, very bad boy - u need a spanking. come, come....AUNTY mistyeiz spank you...;p"

    My apologies, mistyeiz, I was just passing a good word to KG on what I see in her (subjective, I know, but my impressions of her are based on her oft-kinky, but thoughtful writings).

    I didn't intend for my message to have any underlying connotations, and I'm really sorry about that ^_^

    Err, i'm not the sadomasochistic type, so I'll pass the offer to be spanked, but thank you! :P

    Well, I'll let you have a look at that birthday present I was talking about too, mistyeiz ^_^ And yeah, I'm better off without her, too bad I understood this only after suffering in silence for a year and a half, and after I had done so much, haha.

    By Blogger xaph, at August 10, 2005 10:22 PM  

  • *xaph is hastily typing away, writing a lengthy, long-ass letter to Kucing, and re-reading old journal entries which re-enact painful memories in his mind of a time not so long ago, when his cognitive ability to reason had been ripped apart by an unreciprocated love*

    I'll send it to you as soon as I'm done!

    By Blogger xaph, at August 11, 2005 1:17 AM  

  • xaph : hahaha!! apology accepted. btw, i know that kinda sounded BDSM-ish. promise i won't hit hard. hehehe.....;p

    i am certaintly looking forward to checking out that pressie u made. i WANT personalized gifts but i dont get it and ppl who get them dont appreciate it - haiyoo! so unfair!!

    By Blogger mistyeiz, at August 11, 2005 8:40 AM  

  • *cough* I usually only send sms greetings *cough*

    By Anonymous BawangMerah, at August 11, 2005 10:41 AM  

  • best pressies ever received: an abstract painting, gold heart pendant (got sentimental value),shopping voucher worth RM500 (WOO HOO!), a shag..

    worst pressie ever received: a stoopid looking photo album, a candle with fresian cow motives (serious, no joke!)

    best pressie ever given: books & a BJ :P
    worst pressie ever given: sms greeting...pffft!

    By Anonymous Ms Statistic, at August 11, 2005 1:46 PM  

  • Ah yes, how could I have forgotten that other perennial favourite - the photo album ....

    By Blogger Kucing Gatal, at August 12, 2005 7:07 AM  

  • Kucing, it guilts me to leave a link to my site on your blog (it's like shameless self-promotion), but anyway, here's something that I wrote just a few minutes ago, that was inspired by the letter that I'm writing to you (which still isn't finished):


    By Blogger xaph, at August 12, 2005 6:52 PM  

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