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to be pissed off *again* about my Christmas presents?

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WitchWay Thu 24-Dec-15 23:05:22

We have just had a big boozy blowout roast dinner, in advance of DH's working on-call all Christmas. He & DS have been skiing for a week & returned this lunchtime. He has been twittering on about having to wrap my presents but he wanted to watch Top Gear (repeats) first & oh dear me now you're saying it's dinnertime (making it my fault, clearly), & now he's dozing as quite pissed.

I'm going to get things shoved into recycled gift bags again aren't I?

He buys lovely presents mostly, but the lack of organisation about actually making them into gifts that can be given to me pisses me off. He never wraps anything till Christmas Eve at the earliest - one year we went to my DPs & he was wrapping my stuff on Christmas morning, about ten minutes before we exchanged presents.

And I've had to do all the bloody washing up as per bloody usual.

boodles Thu 24-Dec-15 23:10:17

At least he got you a gift and, as you said, they are usually nice.

WitchWay Thu 24-Dec-15 23:12:18

yeah I know sad could be worse

Rosa Thu 24-Dec-15 23:12:20

We have just filled the stockings and as per usual mine has next to nothing so I have added extra chocolate and 5 oranges !!...note to self buy own stuff - I think I said that last year. Oh wellbe thankful is what I keep telling myself- Happy Christmas.

KingJoffreyLikesJaffaCakes Thu 24-Dec-15 23:15:22

DP's wrapping mine now with DS.

I'd be fine having them in HMV bags/Amazon boxes as he really struggles wrapping presents but he's insistent that they're wrapped in pretty paper.

Llouh Thu 24-Dec-15 23:18:42

My DP finally decided to wrap my presents this evening.

He comes downstairs 2 hours later looking massively pleased with himself and one gift wrapped up with ribbon etc. The bedroom is a tip, I have no idea how he's taken so long.

I'd rather he shoved it in a bag haha.

Stylingwax Thu 24-Dec-15 23:21:57

DP bought me a present this morning. With my card. But then he's just admitted he's a compulsive gambler and has spent thousands in the bookies this year, so as of last week I control all funds and his wages come to me. So fair enough really.

Moonax Thu 24-Dec-15 23:22:10

DS and DH just had some bonding time over present wrapping. Both emerged looking smug after two hours being manly with sellotape and paper. They both treat it as a kind of extreme sport. The room looks like a bombsite.

DameMargaretofChalfont Thu 24-Dec-15 23:22:15

Wake the whole household tomorrow at 8.30am and declare:-

"Present opening will start in 30 minutes. You have until then for last minute gift wrapping and zhooshing"

Sorted.

Whataboutreindeer Thu 24-Dec-15 23:24:03

I have to be specific about expectations, stocking is £25 max spend with minimum of six items. He can work to that. He's wrapping mine now. I don't even know if we have enough paper left. Never mind! It's all a of the giving. And the booze.

WitchWay Thu 24-Dec-15 23:24:22

What annoys me is that he wraps presents beautifully if he has to & has the time for other people but mine usually end up shoved into last year's bags. Humph!

Redtinsel Thu 24-Dec-15 23:31:58

My ex used to get his mum to wrap mine.
My DCs wrapped all the family ones today. They look terrible and used most of the paper but I'm going to make sure I havent raised a couple of lazy arses who 'can't wrap' presents.

80sMum Thu 24-Dec-15 23:44:06

Conversation between me and DH a couple of hours ago.
DH "You haven't bought me a present or anything, have you?"
Me: "Certainly not! Why? I hope you haven't bought me anything."
DH: "I haven't."
Me:"Thank god for that!"

LizKeen Thu 24-Dec-15 23:44:30

I feel bad about DHs present. He wrapped all of mine and they have been under the tree for a week. His is still not wrapped and we now have no paper left. blush

He doesn't actually care though, if he did care I would have made a bigger effort.

ObsidianBlackbirdMcNight Thu 24-Dec-15 23:48:17

Wow. Serious non issue. Merry Christmas!

GaryGilmoresEyes Thu 24-Dec-15 23:50:45

At least you have a present...
Some people(me) won't.
not jealous at all

CallMeExhausted Thu 24-Dec-15 23:53:35

Happy Christmas to you. I sat and watched the husband and children open all the gifts I bought and wrapped while there was exactly nothing for me.

Same as every fucking year.

Floralnomad Fri 25-Dec-15 00:03:14

80sMum , we had that conversation about 2 days ago !

TheHouseOnTheLane Fri 25-Dec-15 06:11:25

I have to say YABU. I didn't get anything at all. Apart from the gifts my DC made me, I had not one gift. This is because DH and I just couldn't manage it...financially. We had nothing left after getting the DC's gifts and the food.

So...if I had a gift in a recycled bag, I'd be thrilled.

We3KingyOfOblomovAre Fri 25-Dec-15 06:21:12

I buy Dh 2 huge toblerones and he buys me a box of maltesers. I'm happy if I just have 1 thing to unwrap. Everyone should have at least 1 present to unwrap.

VashtaNerada Fri 25-Dec-15 06:27:54

I think it depends on the expectations within the family. Absolutely fine for people who aren't that bothered about presents, wrapping etc (& agree that in advance) but what annoys me about DH is that he insists on doing lavish gifts but then never quite follows through. One year he bought me nothing at all (following a precedent of well over a decade where we most definitely do gifts on Christmas Day). He insisted on buying grown-up stockings a few years ago which I thought was a massive faff but agreed to go along with, but every year he forgets (despite multiple reminders).
Agree with posters who say it's not the biggest issue in the world, but still annoying!

allnewredfairy Fri 25-Dec-15 06:53:18

My bugbear is that DS and DH come looking for my wrapping paper to wrap my presents because they can be arsed to buy their own.

diddl Fri 25-Dec-15 06:54:53

Isn't there still time to wrap this morning?

Tbh just in a gift bag wouldn't bother me, but I think if you do like your present(s) to be wrapped, it's not that much to ask!

shouldwestayorshouldwego Fri 25-Dec-15 07:00:11

Dd was very enterprising and set up a business selling her wrapping service within the house. Dh was her best customer! At 5p a present I just wish she had set it up a week ago when I wrapped most of the other presents!

SocksRock Fri 25-Dec-15 07:00:17

I got fed up of terrible presents, so this year I emailed DH a link to a subscription box that I wanted - so it will last a whole year. He went online last night, even though I sent him the link a month ago, and surprise surprise they are sold out for next years boxes.

Also, I sent him out for more wrapping paper yesterday. He came home with red wallpaper as apparently it was on offer. So half our presents are wrapped in fucking wallpaper.

Still love him, the big lump.

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