I know that some of you have had this experience but let me tell you about mine. I have no little children to purchase holiday toys and gifts, only adult nephews, niece, and the cat. So my major gift buying is adult gifts that they may or may not want or need and the occasional toy purchased for charity (which is a topic for another blog.)
As usual, I never think I have sufficient gifts for under the tree, but this year I told myself not to go over my budget. However, I did something I don’t usually do I went to the pet store and purchased a gift for the cat, which was way over budget. The reason I did this was we purchased new living room furniture and her usual, favorite perch (on top of the loveseat) was taken away. So I purchased her very own tower to climb on, giving the bird’s eye view of her domain that she loves.
Well to my dismay, this gift went over like a skunk showing up at the family reunion! She completely ignored it, was totally ticked off that the love seat was gone, but had no patience for anything else. I am embarrassed to tell you what this tower cost, but it was way over my budget. So after several days, when we put up the Christmas tree and all Lilac’s passive aggressive activity we noticed that Lilac was happier just playing with ribbon and lounging around under the tree or where she felt comfortable. Like other parents who spent way too much on holiday gifts only to find the children playing house or hide and seek with the boxes, I spent way too much for Lilac’s cat tower! Lilac was just as happy playing with the ribbon and snoozing in front of the fire place. So what’s the lesson I learned?
My lesson was; stay within your budget, never buy something because you think it is cute and ‘they’ will love it. I returned the tower since Lilac never used it. I took the money spent on the cat tower and made donations to meaningful charities (Homes for the Troops and K.I.N.D. Fund) in family member’s names. I know that these gifts are needed by the charities and will be appreciated by my family. So the next time I see a really cool gift item, I will stop and second guess myself and ask the question; Will the recipient of this gift use it or just play with the ribbons or the box? Depending on the answer, consider passing on that item.