When adverts for the Sindy and Gogo doll were shown on TV, my heart soared. It was the most brilliant and technically-advanced toy ever created.
I knew that if I brought Gogo into school, I would be, for at least one glorious day, the popular girl in the playground.
I'd been direct with my parents. I wrote them a note requesting this particular doll and nothing else. I wasn't really into dolls, but this was something special.
When Christmas Day came, I made a bee-line for the Cindy and Gogo-sized box. I unwrapped it and inside I found Cycling Sindy and 'Fun Bike'. For the first time, Sindy's perma-smile repulsed me.
It was a terrible moment.
How could my parents get it so wrong? I had been so clear.
I didn't dare show the torment that I felt. It was acute.
As I unwrapped the gift fully, I honestly remember thinking that I’d better make the best of it.
So I played with Sindy and her silly dangly broken-at-the-knee legs and the bicycle which was pointy and sharp. I played until I could bear it no longer. Such a martyr.
Tell me about your biggest gift disappointment and how you managed to stay strong.
Step-by-step guide to managing gift disappointment:
- Receive the gift with both hands
- Thank the giver. Even before you tear off the wrapping. It's nice that they thought to give you anything at all, so say that.
- Think of one great thing to say about the gift. If I'd had a bit more wherewithal, I would have said 'Mum, Dad, thank you. This bicycle is so intricate.'
- Put the gift somewhere safe, or on display for the afternoon. Don't leave a gift on the floor (unless it's a table or a bed).