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16 years ago, I got married in my hometown. One thousand miles from where I lived and planned to stay. We flew to and from the wedding.
Friends gifted me a large (6 feet tall) wall clock. It was engraved, so could not be returned. It was not packaged for shipping and brought to the reception. It was also not my taste. Had I lived where I got married, I would have hung it up. I was quite poor at the time and was not going to pay to have it packed and shipped - would have been at least $50, if not $100, back then.
I've always felt bad that their money and effort went to waste, and I wrote a thank you note, but I don't think I was rude for not spending money I didn't really have to try and bring that home with me. I've always been very conscious of what I've gifted for events and holidays ever since.
MairePoppy said:So what became of the clock?
That is the kind of gift that we refer to as a Giant Metal Chicken. Either your friends have horrible judgement or they were being passive aggressive.
SIB - The clock stayed at the house I grew up in until it was sold. I believe it ended up getting donated or tossed when he packed up the house.
I'm going with horrible judgment rather than passive aggression. I'm still in touch with the people who gave it to me and they don't know what happened to it. It was consistent with a particularly common decorative style that is so not my taste and they probably just didn't know that.
I work for an elected official. I am not allowed, by law, to support or campaign for anyone. That extends to certain charitable organizations that are affiliated with elected officials. If you actually donated to an organization in my name and the organization published a list of annual donors, there would be the possibility of me having issues at work - depending on the charity.I think it's just a slippery slope. You never know why people may not agree with a certain charity's goal or method in achieving that goal.