I just heard about the most genius gift buying strategy and wanted to share it with you guys. A friend of mine, ‘Michelle,’ received an unexpected Christmas gift from a co-worker. And it wasn’t just a small gift, either. It was an expensive handbag.
Michelle didn’t ask or expect something like this, so she was forced into the uncomfortable situation of returning the $15 present she bought and looking for something else. All while not wanted to spend 1/3 of her paycheck on a gift for someone she has little emotional connection to!
Ready for some creativity? Guess what she did?
Instead of creating an awkward moment by refusing the gift or giving something of much lesser quality, Michelle decided to she had to get something somewhat close in price to the bag. After all, she didn’t want to ruin the friendship or make things uncomfortable at work.
Of course, she wanted to do all this without having to actually spend her hard earned money.
So Michelle took the bag (and gift receipt) and returned the item. Why? So that she could use the money to buy a present for her co-worker!
While in the end, the co-worker ended up just buying herself a gift, my friend was able to take this strange situation and turn it around so that everyone was happy. Michelle didn’t have to spend big bucks, her co-worker felt good about both giving and getting a present, and nobody’s feelings were hurt!
Readers, what do you think of this strategy? Was this the right behavior? Is there a better option?