A WOMAN is over the moon to have received a very expensive gift that is in no way personal to her.
Helen Archer, from Derby, was thrilled to be given an Italian cashmere scarf and glove set by her daughter’s fiancé, complete with fancy gift wrapping from a department store she admires.
Archer said: “Every Christmas the thoughtfulness of friends and family when it comes to gifting is exhausting.
“Finally I have been given something that is shamelessly trying to impress me, rather than connect with my emotions. He can come again.
“This heartless and generic present beats receiving another photo of a loved one in a hand-painted frame, or a book I mentioned in passing over the summer that someone has carefully remembered to buy me.
“How do I tell my family that I don’t want to feel known. I want to feel sure that a three-figure sum has left their bank account?”
Archer’s son Oliver said: “I could tell Mum adored the photo of her first grandchild in a lovingly decoupaged frame that we gave her. You can’t put a price on thoughtfulness. Although it is definitely a lot cheaper than cashmere.”