Grandad almost always buys you fabulous gifts, partly because he loves you, and partly because he wants to OWN your happiness (for further details on his behaviour with gifts please see my previous post “How to Respond to Gifts“).
Despite all this, occasionally Grandad gets it very wrong. This is usually because the bargain-hunter part of his brain has wrestled the controls from the mafia-boss.
Recently, knowing your love of Sci-Fi, Grandad bought a second-hand, multi-stained, homemade, E.T. toy for you from his local car-boot sale – I can only assume located somewhere in the ninth circle of hell.
I know what you’re thinking; what child wouldn’t want a misshapen corduroy alien smeared with mysterious brown stains, smelling of mould?
As Grandad attempted to hand you this sack of botulism, I physically stepped between you looking so horrified that even he realised the gift wasn’t entirely appropriate.
I didn’t actually say this last bit out loud (unless saying it with my face counts?)
You’re right, the above does sound a bit ungrateful as Grandad’s intentions were good (if you ignore the part where he wants to own your happiness anyway).
When someone gives you a gift that’s not something you really need or want, you should thank the giver politely. When someone gives you a gift from a car-boot sale that smells, drips, and is covered in miscellaneous stains, it’s ok not to look too impressed.
Please note, in both situations, ALWAYS wait until they leave to burn the gift.