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    Default Not wanted gifts.

    How do you tell someone that you do NOT want or need anything at all from them at Christmas ? My sisters and nieces seem to think that I need or want endless supplies of soap and notepads and pens!!!

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    Default Re: Not wanted gifts.

    Maybe wait for their birthdays and gift them back or give them to the local retirement home for the oldies to use?

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    Default Re: Not wanted gifts.

    By saying I don't want any soap or paper etc?
    Just tell them.

    Probably the I don't know what to buy thing....I always think if you don't know, or there isn't anything, money or vouchers are better.

    Me, I love soap...but I'm picky about it, friends used to buy me rose soap...most of which was expensive and pitiful (in scent) but they know now. I get Bee and Flower Rose soap...lovely stuff.

    Well there's always trademe.....some ungrateful cow rejected the car her partner gave her - cause it's the wrong colour.
    Apparently you can't just repaint it...
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    Default Re: Not wanted gifts.

    The rule in our house is SWMBO and I have to spend between $20-30 on each other and apart from that any family members over 18 get nothing so that they don't feel obliged to give something back. It's worked that way for years.

    It is explained to them when they hit 18 so they understand why.

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    Default Re: Not wanted gifts.

    Quote Originally Posted by lakewoodlady View Post
    How do you tell someone that you do NOT want or need anything at all from them at Christmas ? My sisters and nieces seem to think that I need or want endless supplies of soap and notepads and pens!!!

    LL
    It really depends on how you wish to handle it but perhaps it should be kept in mind that people derive pleasure for themselves when selecting gifts and presenting them to those they hold in high regard. Personally I just say thanks very much and move on. Gary's solution below also works well for me in most cases.

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    Default Re: Not wanted gifts.

    Quote Originally Posted by piroska View Post
    Well there's always trademe.....some ungrateful cow rejected the car her partner gave her - cause it's the wrong colour
    Bet he's in a power of sh1t too for going public with it, making her look like a jerk.

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    Default Re: Not wanted gifts.

    Quote Originally Posted by lakewoodlady View Post
    How do you tell someone that you do NOT want or need anything at all from them at Christmas ? My sisters and nieces seem to think that I need or want endless supplies of soap and notepads and pens!!!

    LL
    i have a "do not get me anything, but your presence is welcome" policy. only one or two break that rule but they do check before hand. often its something very practical that i do not have, which is nice.
    Tweak it till it breaks

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    Default Re: Not wanted gifts.

    When you think about it, it's almost impossible to stop.

    Jane BOWRON has a very good article in this morning's The Press about christmas.

    Just like some of the other days, black friday, what the h**l is that all about, just capitalism at work again.

    Good letter to the Editor about CGT and housing in there tooo.

    JK told us mums and dads to buy shares in the power companies way back!!, quite prepared to pay CGT on those if/when sold.

    lurking.

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