When Someone Says “Don’t Get Me a Gift,” What Do They Really Mean?

It’s been a crazy year and money’s tight.  But when someone says, “DON’T get me a gift,” what do they really mean? Someone gave 25,000 Americans a few different options to choose from.  Here’s how they answered . . .

 

  1. Does it mean, “I really don’t want a gift, and I’ll be upset if you get me one”?  9% said yes, that’s what it means.

 

  1. Does it mean, “I don’t want a gift, but I WON’T be upset if you get me one”?  That was the #1 answer by far with 46% of the vote.

 

  1. “I DO want a gift, but I won’t be angry if I don’t get one.”  18% of the vote.

 

  1. “I do want a gift, and I WILL be angry if I don’t get one.”  6% agreed.  So 1 in 17 people think “don’t get me a gift” means the exact OPPOSITE of that.  (The remaining 21% either didn’t answer or said it means something else.)  (YouGov)