Kopi Luwak, Poor Christmas Spirits, and How To Return a Christmas Gift

Kopi Luwak for Christmas!

I love drinking poop coffee.

I spent $63 on 72 oz. worth of coffee (9 small cups) to give my two brothers and dad each a small bag.

We combined two bags ($42 worth) to make just enough for a regular french press.

Who would spend $420/lb. on coffee?  Someone who is willing to try anything once; someone like me.

Kopi Luwak for Christmas!

Kopi Luwak – $420/pound – Priceless

I love Christmas.

It’s one of my favorite times of the year.  I love spending time with my family, exchanging gifts, eating LOTS of food, and enjoying a time of (usual) rest.  I realize not everyone is as fortunate as I am, able to receive generous gifts and enjoy quality family time.  But there is no excuse for the type of public behavior I recently viewed in an article online.  In the article, people were complaining about not getting what they wanted for Christmas.  Here’s just one example:

Besides getting an iPad and Camaro for Christmas, this Christmas sucked.

We live in a sad, sad world.  I pray for people like this, because I know that they are hurting inside.  It breaks my heart that people somehow get the idea that they deserve ANYTHING in life.  Seriously.  It’s disgusting.

How To Return a Christmas Gift

Let’s face it; we all receive Christmas gifts that we’re not so excited about.  Whether your aunt spent countless hours crocheting a set of mittens for you or your dad bought you your seventh set of dollar-store-quality flashlights… you no doubt have plans of creatively, yet immediately, discarding or in any sense getting rid of such gifts.  Follow this easy plan for doing so:

  1. DO NOT remove any tags, bags, strings, stickers, or tape from whatever you got… keep it in the same condition you received it at all costs.
  2. If you were fortunate to receive a gift card, do everything you can to return the gift promptly before the return period ends.  Promptly.
  3. If you obviously received a newly purchased gift without a gift card, do not fret; most stores will accept returns of most items, at least offering in-store credit.
  4. If for some reason you are not able to return your gift… your next bet is to sell it, or if you have some moral conviction against doing so you can donate it to your local thrift store.
  5. Lastly, my favorite, throw it in your “regifting” box… just remember who you got it from so you don’t regift it back to them!

Merry Christmas everyone.  Pay close attention to the blog this coming year, as I have some big plans!

Also, don’t forget: ANY comments on my blog before January 1, 2012, will be entered in for a chance to win a free iPod!


  1. Joshua Schmidt on December 28, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    #4 is at the top of my list. Many times you have to wait a couple weeks or a month for prices to return to normal, then unto craigslist we go to make a tidy profit! :). This works especially well if the person who bought the gift has a large employee discount and returning it would not net you much dough.

    maybe add a #6. exchange it with your friends for gifts they got they didn’t want but you do!

  2. Kelsey Bitney on December 31, 2011 at 11:21 PM

    There’s always the option of repurposing gifts. If you got what you “almost needed” – a picture frame that’s the right size but not the right style for your home, earrings you’re allergic to, clothes you don’t care for, etc – you could figure out a creative new use for it by making a few tweaks. Cover the frame with cloth, have the kids decorate it, or varnish it so it matches your home and style. Incorporate the earrings in your next crafts project. Use the fabric for a quilt, a stocking, or leave as-is and turn it into fun dress-up clothes for the little ones in your life.

    I love Joshua’s #6!

    • Samuel John Hodgett on January 3, 2012 at 12:26 AM

      Great idea, Kelsey… my wife is very creative, and I know she’s done just a thing at least once! Still… you gotta keep track of who you got it from; it would suck to have them unwrap a gift two years later only to look very familiar!

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