One of my best friends, Alessia, is dating a jerk. And when I say “jerk,” I actually mean a whole slew of other words but let’s keep it clean, shall we?
For Christmas, she told him exactly what she wanted: 2 pairs of Uggs and a Michael Kors watch (and before I get grief about her being a gold digger, she stupidly spent the same amount of money on him, so calm down).
As Christmas was approaching, he started in with his little comments.
“You know, I don’t think I spent as much on you as you spent on me,” “I didn’t do such a great job wrapping your presents” …blah blah.
Used to his constant meanness, she told him to stop trying to deliberately hurt her and put an end to his unnecessary idiocy.
Then Christmas morning came. She ripped open the first gift – it was a pair of Ugg rain-boots.
“Oh, thanks,” she said, confused as to how he could possibly mess up a direct request.
Then she opened Gift #2: It was a Michael Kors box — but way too big for it to be her watch. Because it wasn’t her watch; it was a pair of moccasins. I have never in my life seen Alessia wear moccasins, look at moccasins, or even say the word “moccasins.”
Alessia gave him everything that he wanted. He, on the other hand, went out of his way to get her things that he knew she wouldn’t want.
“What’s wrong? You don’t like your presents, huh?” he asked.
“No, I don’t like them. I told you want I wanted. I bought all your family’s Christmas presents and wrapped them. All you had to do was shop for me. And this is what you get me? Real nice.”
That’s when he went into the other room and came back with two boxes — her Uggs and her Michael Kors watch.
“Jen, I opened them up and flipped out, I was so excited. Then jumped into his arms…and punched him.”
“You’re such an asshole,” she yelled at him. You had to make me feel bad and not give me the damn gifts like a normal person. You had to make me complain first.”
Her boyfriend just laughed.
Have you ever dated someone who took a sweet thing like gift exchanging and turned it into something upsetting?