Although I do buy new gifts for people, I am an ardent supporter of gift recycling. 🙂
You see, if you give me a soft toy, it will make me happy for a day. But after that, it will only sit on my shelf and collect dust. From my utilitarian point of view, it would be so much better to give it to another person and pass on the happiness (at no cost to myself).
Of course, I avoid telling people that I am just giving them 2nd hand presents. Afterward they think I not sincere pulak. But if they ask where I got the gift, I would tell them honestly that it was given to me by someone else.
I also know that some people might be offended if they find out that I have dished out the presents they gave me. But then, how am I supposed to keep every single present I’ve received? Oh well.
I was given 2 gifts recently:
- Merryn gave me a box of Ferraro Rocher chocolates (erm, which I have distributed out hehe) plus a photo of us together.
- Candice gave me It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini. She admitted it was her own book (HAH) but I am no less happy receiving it. It starts out interestingly enough:
It’s so hard to talk when you want to kill yourself. That’s above and beyond everything else, and it’s not a mental complaint–it’s a physical thing, like it’s physically hard to open your mouth and make the words come out.
This author is the first person to validate my feelings. When I tell people I can’t pray when I’m depressed, all they do is put me down and make me feel lousy.
I shouldn’t side track.
*clears throat* In conclusion, I believe that everyone should practise gift recycling to maximize allocative efficiency, prevent wastage and improve society’s welfare.
p/s: When you give me gifts next time, avoid personalizing it okay. =P Well. Unless it’s something you really want me to keep.