I take the cake for holiday poo-poo-er in the family this year (sorta... but the other person who "wins" needs her whole own thread). Here's my story...
A couple months ago BF and I stopped by a jewelry store in the mall so I could get my ring cleaned. While we were waiting I saw a ring I liked and pointed it out to BF. Later on that week I said something about it again, and mentioned that it would be nice to have. We discussed it but it was left open-ended. A few weeks later I was at the mall and saw it again, and confirmed that I liked it. Mentioned it to BF again, even showing him the ring online (and thus confirming that it was affordable).
2 weeks before the holiday BF IMed me at said, "I got you your present and it's the COOLEST EVER!!". He then let me know "I ended up spending $XXX which was more than I planned but you'll love this!". I was REALLY excited, and figured I'd gotten that ring. He continued to talk it up bigtime, getting me more and more excited. At this point, I was POSITIVE I was getting that ring.
Of course, there was no ring-sized box come gift-opening time. So I took my time and opened everything but one odd-shaped thing, which I saved till last. I even made him open his presents between my opening the rest of mine and the strange box.
It got time for me to open the last gift, so I did. I believe my reaction was:
Me: [obvious dissappointed look] "Wow. Cool. Thanks." [immediately consolodate gifts into as few bags as possible to bring out to car]
BF: "Well, let's open it." [takes gift out of bag and starts to open]
Me: "NO!! Uh... I don't want the kids playing with it and smuging it and stuff. Plus, it's not like I can even use it right now anyway."
BF: "Oh... fine." [goes and puts gifts in car]
(Edited to add: In reality, I didn't want the kids (ages 3, 3 and 5) playing with it, so there *was* some truth in my objections to opening it right away. But he knew I was dissappointed and took it to mean, "No! I don't like it, I'm returning it yesterday! Don't open it!!" ARGH!!)
I was SO disasspointed that I actually had to go into the washroom and fight off tears and calm myself down.
I ruined the rest of the day for BF.
I avoided even looking at my present until 2 days later... after I cried to BF for an hour, apologizing for ruining his day, making him feel bad, and not being appreciative and an all-around better sport.
I thought about it long and hard and decided to keep what he got me (we'll get to that in a second), with the plan being to take some of the holiday money I got and (foolishly) buy myself the ring. Best of both worlds, right? Yea... they don't have the ring at the store anymore. Bummer.
I am, however, happy with my gift now, and am glad I kept it. In fact, I use it almost every day and have bought some accessories for it.
What did I get that was so dissappointing?
A hot pink 4Gig iPod Nano.
I feel like a fool, and no doubt will continue to for years around the holidays.
I have been showing it off though, and have, on numerous occasions, said, "Thanks again for getting this for me, I can't believe I thought I didn't want it! I LOVE IT!!!"
[edit: fixed spelling]