Saving Gifts


I have this very odd habit. Well, I’m told it’s odd. Personally, I think it’s perfectly normal. And by normal I mean that I’ve been doing it as long as I can remember so, therefore, it’s normal.

I feel like I’ve just walked in to a 12-step program. Hi, my name is Sara. And I don’t use gifts right away. I don’t really know why, but when I get a gift I feel like I need to wait. Like I’m letting it cure or off-gas or acclimate to my little world. Even as a kid, I wasn’t one of those who tore in to a toy and started using it right away. Clothes always have to be washed first.

Evidently this isn’t normal for some people. It seems that actually using a gift right away is more normal than this waiting game I play. Maybe I’m just really honing those “saving” skills. It’s not like I’m a hoarder or anything. It’s just that I feel like I need to wait. To savor. To enjoy. To look at and stare at and imagine the amazement of said gift.

I can’t say that I learned this behavior. And if I did, I’ve had plenty of opportunities to unlearn it. But I just can’t shake it. It’s probably a diagnosable sickness. Maybe a syndrome of some type.

What’s weird is that I would never expect other people to wait to use a gift. I love it when BabyGirl rips in to a gift and immediate has plans to wear an outfit, create a game, or play something. As a parent, it’s our job to free whatever toy it is from it’s over-packaged plastic prison in 6.8 seconds flat. That toy will be played with before we’ve cleaned up all the torn wrapping paper.

I honestly wish I knew why I did this. I’m sure a psychologist could come up with a hand full of theories. It probably goes back to my childhood. Doesn’t everything? Maybe it’s a representation of something? I’ll have to think about this more, because the more I think about it the more I really want to figure out what’s the underlying issue. Where’s Dr. Freud when you need him?

Perhaps I should use the Google machine and see if there is a support group. Gift Savers Anonymous? I know I can’t be the only one out there who does this. Right?


Author: Sara

Sara is a life-long dreamer, creating a list of things she wants to do "someday". Realizing there is no "someday" on the calendar she's taking the steps to make her somedays a reality. Between saving for retirement and college and paying for all the usual things, many women find that they're often putting their hopes and dreams on hold. Saving For Someday is Sara's way of encouraging women everywhere to find ways to save on the ordinary so they can do the extraordinary. Sara is also a licensed attorney and writes about legal issues affecting bloggers, content creators and online professionals. This blog is for informational purposes only. You can also find me on Google+

6 thoughts on “Saving Gifts”

  1. We are the same person. To this day I still get all out of sorts when the rest of the household doesn’t neatly stack/display their gifts under the Christmas tree for a week. I think we like to admire them for a while. Or we need therapy. Or both. 🙂

    1. No way! I totally agree there should be an adequate period of admiration and reflection. I feel like waiting to use things is a recognition of where the gift lies on the “I love it” scale.

  2. If anyone doubts this behavior in anyway I can give almost 25 years of examples. Some would call it eccentric I just call it Sara….besides I make up for your saving by immediately using all gifts given to me….

    1. This is how the universe stays in balance. It’s not on my shoulders if there’s a galactic disturbance!

  3. Guess what?!!! I do this too! I have a bottle of bath wash – my favorite scent – that I was given for Christmas 2011… that’s right 1 1/2 year ago. As if I use it, they will never make it again and I’ll be sad forever and ever. The end.

    1. Kate, really? It makes absolute sense that you still have the bath wash. Because it’s to be cherished and used only when the time is exactly perfect. And if you use it then you will finish the bottle and throw it away and you won’t have it to look at any more and the memories. Oh, the memories! ~ Sara

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