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It happened. That thing you were terrified would happen during the holidays. You were terrified of it and yet, entirely unprepared for it: somebody gave you a gift, and you had nothing in return for that person. There are so many ways this can occur. First of all, there are some people with whom you just didn’t think you were on that gift-giving level. Then there are the people you didn’t think you were going to see during the holidays—like that cousin who said she wouldn’t make the Christmas dinner, and then got a last-minute, day-of flight. The holidays also pop up quickly, so sometimes you don’t even realize you’re walking into a “holiday” happy hour with a friend. You just think it’s a regular happy hour and there she is, sitting with a gift. Oh right…it’s December 13th. Here is what you can say and do when someone gets you a gift, and you have nothing for them.

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Say it’s in the mail

Tell the person you actually mailed them something and it just must not have arrived yet (then go overnight them something).

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