Gifts — Should We Keep Them a Surprise or Get Validation? + Poll

Gifts — Should We Keep Them a Surprise or Get Validation?

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Who doesn’t love getting gifts for the holidays? Sure, it isn’t the main reason why days like Christmas, Thanksgiving, and our birthdays are such a big deal, but it never hurts to get a present, large or small! But, one question that I think is overlooked about gifts is how we want to receive them.

Let me explain; some people might prefer their gifts to be a surprise, while others think that asking them what they want is better. A separate group might be in the middle, and think anything is fine. While all sides of the argument are solid, I want to discuss them today.

So, let’s get started!

Surprise Gifts: To be fair, I know a lot of people really like surprises. The ‘surprise factor’ can be what makes the gifts that we receive so special, especially when it’s exactly what we wanted. It could kind of ruin part of the fun when we already know what we are most likely getting for a special holiday (not that we shouldn’t be thankful for it.) And what if we don’t like the gift?

Asking them What they Want: Although this option might ruin the whole ‘surprise factor’, doing so will make it much more likely that we will be gifting a person with something that they truly love. This allows us to spend our money wisely, and it will make the person that we give the gift to happy, as well! It’s a win-win, as long as the giftee. (or the person who receives the gift,) isn’t a fan of surprises.

I truly think that whether my gift is a surprise or not, I will be thankful for the thought, in spite of. A gift is a blessing, and I know that no one has to give me a gift, unless they are doing it out of the kindness of their heart. Therefore, even if it isn’t what I would have picked, it’s the thought, or true intentions, that count.

I want to get you all’s opinions, as well. To get a good feel of which side is most popular among this community, new or not, I would really appreciate it if you would answer the following poll:

As well, please comment which answer you choose and why you choose it down below in the comments!

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Also, remember, the best gift of all is another second, minute, hour, and day alive! Each moment of our lives is a representation of God’s grace towards us. We should never take that for granted! 💙

This or That #2 🎉

Happy #FundaySunday everyone! About a week and a half ago, I posted a game called This or That, and I had so much fun with it! Therefore, I decided that it would be a great idea to do so again.

If you don’t know what This or That is, then it’s basically a game that I play on my blog where i choose 2 options (they could be clothing, food, colors, and many other random items.) I will have to choose which option I prefer, or like the most.

Let’s get the This or That party going! ✨

  1. Calling📱or texting 💬?

I think that most teenagers would easily pick texting. However, for me, this is pretty hard. I’m pretty fast when texting, and I enjoy it. However, I love to talk to my close family on calls, so that way I can hear their voices. It all depends on who I’m talking to. I think I’ll say texting, though. It’s fast and easy.

2. Honesty 💜 or Other’s Feelings ❤️ ?

Both. I chose this because I think that it’s good to be honest in a compassionate way. If I think that the truth will hurt someone’s feelings, it won’t cause me to tell them a lie. Instead, I will tell them the truth, but in a way that let’s them know that I have no intentions on making them feel bad.

3. Paperback book 📚 or eBook 📖?

I’ll say paperback book. I have a large collection of them. And, although I must admit that ebooks are very convenient if you can’t get a book at the library, I prefer getting the actual copy, if I have the opportunity to.

4. Straight hair 👩🏾 or curly hair 👩🏾‍🦱?

Although I am mostly African-American, I also have some Latina and Indian in me. Therefore, my hair is very thick and a mix between curly and wavy. I would choose curly, since that’s how God made me. However, I got a straight hair style a few months ago, and I really enjoyed that, as well. All hair types are beautiful. 🙂

5. Sleep in the quiet or with noise 💤 ?

With noise. I think a lot of people prefer to sleep in complete silence, but it makes me feel a lot more relaxed when I hear some type of noise. Usually, I will put a YouTube video of relaxing music on while I’m in my bed. It helps me relax and sets the mood for a great night sleep!

6. Painting 🎨 or drawing ✍️ ?

I love both painting and drawing so much, so this is extremely difficult. I’d say drawing, though, since I feel like I’ve had more experience with doing so. However, I recently started painting in my art class, and it’s really fun!

Answer Key:

  1. Calling 📱 or texting 💬? – texting 💬
  2. Honesty 💜 or Other’s Feelings ❤️? – both 💜❤️
  3. Paperback book or eBook 📖? – paperback book 📚
  4. Straight hair 👩🏾 or curly hair 👩🏾‍🦱? – curly hair 👩🏾‍🦱
  5. Sleep in the quiet or with noise 💤 ? – with noise 😴
  6. Painting 🎨 or drawing ✍️? – drawing ✍️

If you haven’t seen it already, please check out my first This or That post! https://thejoysandtrialsofachristianteen.com/2021/09/30/this-or-that-🥳/

I hope you enjoyed the second edition to This or That! Please remember to give this post a like and comment your answer to each question down below. If you can’t choose one option, it’s okay to say “both” 😂.

Have a fun and fabulous day, y’all! 🎉

This or That! #1🥳

What’s up y’all?!? Today, I decided that I’m going to do something different: play a game! And it’s called This or That! So, basically, what this means is I will list two options (for example, pink or white.) These options could be colors, food items, clothing styles, or whatever you can think of! ✨

Anyway, I’m going to have to choose which is my favorite! And, here’s the best part: you can play with me! Feel free to comment your answers down below!

So, let’s get started!

1. Pizza 🍕 or Burger 🍔?

Oof. This is tough. I’d say pizza though, since I feel like it’s something that I have only on certain occasions (every now and then), while I have burgers in my refrigerator, lol.

2. Leggings or Jeans? 👖

Well, this all depends on the time. However, I’ll say jeans because, even though traditionally, they aren’t as comfortable as leggings, I like to buy jeans with soft fabric. I also find them more fashionable. However, I think leggings are better if I’m looking for the maximum comfort.

3. Dog 🐶 or Sloth 🦥?

I know that this question may seem a little weird, but let me explain. When I was little, I always wanted a dog. But, they require you to go outside several times a day, etc. So, then we (me and my Goodmommy/grandmother) came upon the possibility of having a sloth…and now I’m obsessed! I really want one! So, yeah, I’d pick a sloth.

4. Pink 💕or Purple 💜?

I used to love pink when I was about 4-11. And, don’t get me wrong, I still do. I’m just not in love with it now to the point where I want everything in my room to be pink. So, I’d pick purple, even though pink is just as amazing.

5. Crayons 🖍 or Colored Pencils ✏️?

I’m sure that we all used crayons when we were little. However, I personally prefer colored pencils now. They allow you to have much more control and detail, which I pay much more attention to now then I did when I was in Pre-K, lol.

Hopefully, you all learned some more about me with the help of the This or That game! Please comment down below your answer to each question, and like this post if you want me to make a post of this game again! ✨

Have an amazing day, everyone!