. Have you seen the commercial for Overstock.com where the woman squeals excitedly about her engagement ring? Then, the guy says he saved thousands of dollars buying it at Overstock.com? I don’t think I’d want to know. Would you want to know?
I would like to know how many women out there would be as thrilled as the lady in the commercial to learn that her husband-to-be was
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for saving thousands of dollars. But I submit that there are times when a husband, or husband-to-be, should not confess how much he spent on his wife. For example, my husband surprised me with a gift the other day: a beautiful, red shamagh (pronounced “schmog”).
Fashioned from a square, cotton scarf, a shamagh, also called kuffiya, is a headdress. You can wear it a variety of ways. It provides protection from the sun, keeps blowing dust and sand from one’s mouth and nose, and will keep your neck warm. Several non-Arab countries, including the U.S., have adopted it as a fashion accessory (see one way to wear a shamagh here and another here.)
I’ve admired my husband’s shamagh for a long time. So I was thrilled to get one of my own. That is until he proudly told me that it only cost him $1.99. I punched him on the arm and told him, ‘Don’t tell me that!’ Whether it cost a lot of money or a little, I don’t want to know.
It’s not that I don’t value the gift for the gift’s sake. I want to feel special. I don’t feel as special when I’m told how little the person spent.
How about you? If your significant other gets you a gift, do you want to know how
little much he (or she) spent?