I apologize for any rambling to come, I will try to keep myself corralled somewhat
My co-worker gave me a birthday gift today. This is not standard in this office (I have been here just over a year). I received an e-certificate in my personal email (exchanged when i first started to use the yahoo messenger feature). This was just after we got back from getting a birthday donut for breakfast (his treat).
I did not give a gift at his birthday. I did make a cheesecake for his birthday, a month late. I gave a small token gift to him and my other immediate co-worker at Christmas.
My immediate response (via IM) was 'This (e-gift) was unnecessary' (some paraphase thereof).
And now I feel both rude for my immediate rejection of a gift, AND
I would feel rude/weird to use the gift.
I have social anxiety issues, and would like advice on the least awkard way to proceed. Should I email the e-certificate back to him (having already rejected the gift/idea of a gift) or should I write a short thank you note, formally accepting the gift (as I have done for gifts received at the office, at my previous job). Other alternatives welcome, these are just the two I can see.
Advice before tomorrow morning would help, but if I can't figure out what to do by then, I will probably just do the (spineless, I know) 'Ignore and pretend it doesn't exist' - I am pretty good at that at least.