What Do You Do With Your Lousy Gifts?

       I guess I’m just lucky. I rarely get gifts that I have absolutely no use for, or no desire to have in my house.  But thousands – perhaps even millions – of people do receive those lousy gifts each year.  In fact, a nationwide survey by Consumer Reports reveals exactly what people do with those awful presents [along with my thoughts]: 

  1. 44% make the best of it [this is probably the easiest]
  2. 39% keep it somewhere out of view [but out of whose view, I ask]
  3. 18% donate it [but will they even want it?]
  4. 15% regift it [as in Seinfeld]
  5. 11% return it to the retailer [that can often be a major hassle]
  6. 11% throw it out [and hope the giver doesn’t find out]
  7. 6% try to sell it [again, will anyone else want it?]
  8. 2% post a picture of it online [that in itself can be risky]
  9. 2% give it back to the giver [that takes cojones!]
  10. 10. 5% do none of these things [but what else is left to do?]

       I guess I’d base my decision on two things: the cost/value of it, and who the giver is.  For some givers, I’d simply choose the first option above.  And you can probably guess who those givers are…

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back often – I write and post every day!  And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well.  They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com.  On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!  

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RandolphMase, Fiction Writer



My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death in The Cloisters (under construction)

Nathan Hale


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