"So I had a $25 gift card from Red Envelope due to a screw-up they made on a order I placed last Christmas on a gift for my wife - you know, one of those girly jewelry thingy-dingys. As the expiration on the card was nearing I figured I'd better go find something pronto. As my wife wasn't aware of the gift card I obviously saw it as an opportunity to get myself something. As I perused the "For Him" section of the site I saw ample items that caught my interest including a nice portland growler, a sweet portable turntable, and a wicked vintage football.
Quick Side Note: I previously bought the Lemon Ball from Red Envelope and keep it in my office. Sometimes I tell people that its an authentic ball from the 1800's and sometimes they believe me. It's amazing how gullible some people are. I mean who's gonna have a ball from the 1800s that looks like its never been used??? And if you did would you really keep it sitting on your desk at work???
OK, back to the review...
So I had a twinge of guilt (although it could have been heartburn) and decided I would score some points with the wife and get her something. Unfortunately for me, when I went to the Red Envelope site that day, what appeared on the homepage was this personalized casserole dish. Now we do a fair bit of socializing with friends and neighbors which often means bringing a dish for a pot-luck. I thought, “Well this might be cool, we can use it too take my wife’s spinach dip over to Trey’s house, or maybe some pierogies or something. And with the free customization I can add something pithy to the bowl. Ya, this was perfect, a personalized casserole dish. And after a minute or two, I finally decided on what I thought was a fun, clever inscription, “Made with love by Mom, So you better eat it”
I carefully looked over the color options which included blue, red, and yellow “ombre” along with eggshell. I don’t know what ombre and apparently Microsoft Word is also stumped. Its telling me the word is spelled wrong but can offer any alternatives. Also ombre, apparently, doesn’t come in eggshell which is a shame. I must say that I was disappointed that green ombre wasn’t an option as it’s my wife’s favorite color and would have blended in nicely with the color scheme of the kitchen, which is really important. In the end I went for the blue ombre, I mean who doesn’t like blue right?
So a few clicks later it was done and I eagerly awaited the arrival of the personalized casserole dish, and more importantly, the loving appreciation of my wife. A few days later, the package arrived. First off it came in a giant box that I believe set expectations too high. I mean I knew it was a casserole dish but heck, it could have been a compact car based on the box. As my wife began to dig through the packaging it became that I had made a huge, huge mistake. Her reaction definitely wasn't what I had hoped for in fact it was more like the exact opposite. It was hard to gauge her real thoughts but she said something like “What the heck is this? A casserole dish? You got me a casserole dish? Who gets their wife a casserole dish? From Red Envelope? I would have thought something more thoughtful like a nice necklace or ring, or even a bocce ball set. You got me a casserole dish?”
Determined to help her see the thoughtfulness of the gesture I reminded her that it was not only personalized but also blue “ombre” in color. I reminded her that we could use it for tailgating or hosting parties or maybe planting a cactus in it. Undeterred she spells things out a little more clearly, “I hate it”. Now, I’m no expert on “wife-speak” but I was pretty sure this was a bad thing.
So there you have it. I personally think it’s a nice casserole dish and the blue ombre is quite stunning, but my advice for you gentleman out there is this; do not, I repeat, DO NOT get this for your wife thinking she’s gonna love it. Opt for one of those girly things in the “For Her” section of the website. Maybe get this for your Mom or better that lady at work whose name you drew in the company gift exchange at Christmas. But for God’s sake do not get this for your wife."
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