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Since then, it has come to my attention that a handful of the everyday household items in my apartment have been gifted to me.
Most of them from my mom, because moms, but also because I've specifically *asked* for many of these things. Maybe this is what happens when you're in your thirties, or maybe I'm just one gifted body lotion set away from combustion and trying to save myself from an untimely death (seriously, I have enough body lotion to last until the apocalypse), but I'm a real sucker for practical gifts.
Whenever a loved one asks, "So what do you want for [the holidays/your birthday/other special occasion]," instead of responding with yet another shrug and a "I don't want anything/Just your presence" to the person who most definitely intends to gift you something in addition to their presence, I'd advise having an everyday item on deck that you truly, actually will use regularly — so you'll both be satisfied with the exchange once said gift is a-gifted.