Q: A few years ago I mentioned to some family members that I love a certain flower.  Now most of my gifts consist of something with that flower on it.  I’m being overloaded with these items.  How do I politely say, ” Thank you, but enough!  I’m going to have to open a museum soon.”  I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, but I have so much I’m going to have to start getting rid of things.

 

 

A: You might casually and tactfully mention that while you still love the flower and appreciate their past thoughtfulness in remembering this, it is not necessary for them to continue to find gifts with a reference to the flower.  You might add that you are just appreciative of their gifts no matter if there is a reference to the flower or not.

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