What do you do when you don’t want the gift? Lucky as I was to be the recipient of a beautiful, silver plated ice bucket, I don’t want it or need it. Worst of all, there was no gift receipt so I’m stuck with it. Would it be rude to ask for the gift receipt?
–Nancy, Boston, MA
When there is no gift receipt it usually means one of two things. The gifter is regifting the ice bucket and has either misplaced the receipt or the receipt is older than a year. Or, the gift was bought at a discount and the gifter would rather you did not know he didn’t pay full price. Either way, you’re stuck.
Unless of course you do a bit of leg work to find out if the gift is still stocked by the store. If it is, and the ice bucket is in it’s original box, a respectable store will give you credit toward another purchase. Unless the ice bucket came from a very, very dear friend or close relative — your mom, dad, sister or brother — don’t ask for the receipt. Because hurt feelings may make the gifter think you are as cold as the ice the bucket is supposed to hold — and there is a good chance that they may not be in possession of the receipt.
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