How to Say It without Saying It

  1. What you wanted to say at Christmas. And how it came across.

    Festive gift-giving can be tricky, especially if you don’t know what you want to say to the person on the receiving end. Even more so when you’re unsure of what they’re going to think of it (and you for that matter).

    After all, what do you buy your once-removed (on your mother’s side) third cousin’s girlfriend’s half-troglodyte Chihuahua? (God, if we had a dollar for every time….)

    For all your best intentions, sometimes you think you’re saying one thing and it can come across as another. For example…

  2. "That" kind of Boss

    Not every boss is a stick-in-the-mud but, if yours is a bit of a dragon and you happen to draw their name in Ye Olde Kris Kringle, here’s how you might play it…

    Your strategy:

    Play it safe. There’s no sense upsetting the apple cart. Kill them with kindness. [P.S. Do not take the last part of that advice literally].

    The gift:

    A single malt. [NB: Ovaltine does not classify].

    Your thoughts:

    "I am thinking only of the damage that this will do to your liver, you old prune."

    Their interpretation:

    “God. I whipped him like Phar Lap and still… takes it with a smile. What a star.”

    Result?

    Good for you. Good for them. As they say, keep your enemies close… and your boss even closer!

  3. The Friend

    Just to clarify, we aren’t talking about your best friend...this is that person in your group that if you find yourself alone with them you instinctively reach for your phone, or find yourself talking about the weather...or that doco you watched that one time with your crazy Aunt Shirley about the wildebeest of Africa. They also smell. Awkward.

    Your strategy:

    You don’t usually feel obliged to get them something, but as Mum always said; "it’s better to be safe than sorry." Just let them know you know they exist.

    The gift:

    A mug that also holds cookies.

    Your thoughts:

    "They’ll get a bit of a laugh, I’ll get a bit of a laugh. Win Win."

    Their thoughts:

    "Wow, they noticed that I love hot drinks and biscuits but sometimes struggle when both are involved at the same time! SO CONVENIENT!"

    The result?

    Now they want to hang out with you all the time… and judging from that reaction of theirs you should be worried they might cut some of your hair for a souvenir.

  4. Partner (of less than 1 year)

    ou like this person, you’ve been together close to a year and don’t think it’s time to drop the "L-word" yet, but you definitely don’t want to end things.

    Your strategy:

    You want them to know that you really enjoy spending time with them, but at the same time don’t want them to start expecting a marriage proposal.

    The gift:

    weekend away

    Your thoughts:

    "Nailed it. We get to know each other better, spend some more time together. Well done me."

    Their thoughts:

    "Wow, a weekend away...maybe they’re going to drop the "L-word"?! I hope not...I don’t think we’re there yet...I better end this."

    The result?

    #awkwardweekendaway

  5. That "out-there" Aunt Mavis

    Your strategy:

    Keep her sober! Let her know you care and you think about her, but to be honest you don’t want to be hanging out with her every other weekend.

    The gift:

    That documentary about wildebeest that you watched with her that has served you well in many an awkward conversation with that guy in your group.

    Your thoughts:

    "Naw, how sweet. We sure did have a great time watching this together when we were both much younger."

    Their thoughts:

    "Is this a hint that they want to spend more time with me?! But my time is taken by Bingo!"

    The result?

    You’ve made an old lady very happy today. Hopefully she’ll remember it tomorrow. [Mavis sips her 11th champagne…]...

    So there it is, ladies & gentlemen. A very quick smattering but I think you’ll agree, it’s a jungle out there.

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