There have been times when I've been guilty of giving my husband selfish gifts. For example, I have sometimes (on rare occasions) given him an action figure that I myself would enjoy. That way, we both get a gift (and me twofold, since I get to give and receive). My husband is not a collector, or at least he wasn't before he met me.
So a couple of years ago I bought a GI Joe Rise of Cobra Ripcord action figure "for my husband". He was actually excited to get this gift. I remember him opening the Toys R Us sack and exclaiming "Ripcord!". I was glad that he liked his gift, and I was anxious for him to REALLY enjoy it by freeing Ripcord from his packaging. Imagine my dismay when he told me that he was going to keep Ripcord in the package. I tried to convince him otherwise, but his mind was made up. So all this time, Ripcord has been displayed in the toy room with the other boxed figures, ready for action but receiving none.
For the past couple of weeks, I've really dived back into this hobby (have you noticed?) and I've been eyeballing Ripcord and wanting to release him from his plastic and cardboard prison. I asked my husband about opening Ripcord and his answer was still no. So what's a girl to do? I bought a loose Ripcord on eBay for cheap. He's been played with and doesn't have all of his gear, but he will do the trick.
He wasn't here a full day before I popped his head off and put him on another body. Ahhhhhhhhhh, I feel much better now! I call him Marlon. A spare Dennis Rodman head is currently occupying the spare Ripcord body. Here are Marlon and Dennis posing with my husband's Ripcord, still safely in his package and no longer a temptation to me.
He's a pretty good looking guy.
The Alphas think so, too.
So I have learned my lesson. I no longer buy action figures for my husband that I really want for myself, and I no longer buy him gifts that I may be tempted to use for purposes other than what he wants. Thank you Ripcord for helping me to learn and to grow. LOL!