My Unofficial Christmas Present

12:30:00 AM mandy 15 Comments

Perhaps this is an Asian or Chinese thing, especially for non-religious families, but mine was never big on the whole buying presents specifically for the holidays, wrapping them up, and gifting it to others deal. In fact, we don't gift for birthdays, mothers' day, fathers' day or any other celebratory day that involves presents. However, this doesn't mean I wasn't bought things either. They were just never officially called a present. (I hope that made some sense...) My family always just buys things for each other randomly and casually implies that it's a present. Usually it is because there is a sale.

It's really amusing when I shop with mom. I like to think I am (for the most part) a wise spender. Usually I like to think things through, look at the prices, see if there are sales, try and retry clothes a billion times before I finally make a decision. Sometimes I do make impulsive decisions here and there. But I think I know where I get that trait from. Mom would say one thing and then do another. For instance, I mentioned once or twice a few months ago that I'd like to buy a watch. She told me I didn't need one and that they're too expensive. Fast forward, day after Christmas, she not only doesn't pull me away from looking at what I can't afford, but encourages me to try them even if I don't buy it. She said "who cares...you're just trying it on!" In the end she even bought me the watch that I was eyeing. Hence the title. She never said "this will be your Christmas present," but I feel that because of how special and expensive it is, it might as well be considered one. During the whole time by the Watches department, I felt like a mom the whole time trying to dissuade her from buying things we didn't really need (she was also contemplating a watch for herself). Would anyone believe me if I say this is how most of our shopping trips go, especially for costlier items like jackets, electronics, and such? But that's what makes shopping with mom interesting. I actually learned a lot about my mom's tastes and shopping habits these last few years than I ever have.
I was completely surprised by her decision because of the price tag. My original brand choice for a watch was Michael Kors since everyone seemed to be getting it. Whenever I went to the store, I just never got the I LOVE IT feeling for any particular style. Plus, from what I've seen Michael Kors watches never goes on sale. Even though I had many chances to order from Bloomies with a discount, I of course always talked myself out of it. While mom was by the Citizen counter, I saw this Bulova watch that I just couldn't walk away from. I think a big reason for mom's easy decision was because the watch was actually on sale. It was originally $375, Macy's had a 20% off sale that day for the brand, and then we ended up having an extra 10% since my mom used her Macy's card. The watch came out to be $270 (before tax).

It's difficult to see from the photos (sorry!) but the two-toned colors are actually silver & rose-gold, not silver & gold. I tried both this and the all rose-gold version but ultimately decided on this one. The main reason was because rose-gold is difficult to match bracelets with. The second reason being rose-gold is a trendy color that I'm afraid would go out of style. Since this is a pretty big 'present' and investment, I definitely want to be able to wear this for a long long long time.
Before trying this watch, I also tried on a few Fossil watches. I ended up liking this more because of the smaller clasp and more links. I think gives a bit more flexibility.
I didn't even notice this small detail until I took photos. It's a great touch! Although, I hope it doesn't fall out easily. That would be a nightmare.

The watch was definitely way too big for me. I thought they only took off 3 links total but it seems like it was actually 4. Now it fits around my wrist just right with a little bit of wiggle room.
Now I'll be able to tell the time without having to bust out my phone all the time. Onward with the task of adjusting to reading a watch quickly! Safe to say, this will be the only watch I will need for a good many years to come. Are there any tips on how to care for a watch? How long do the batteries usually last? On a nosier note, how are your shopping experiences with your parents (or friends)?

15 comments:

  1. haha, my family's spending habits is very similar to yours. buy things on sale, and if it's a gift... they don't imply it's a gift. they just sort of thrust it into your hands and that's it.

    that's a beautiful watch by the way. i think two-toned watches are easier to match with other jewelry than a single color watch. a great investment! :D

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    1. That is exactly that happens with my family! Everything is just implied.

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  2. ohhh my gosh! that's so beautiful!! i think you made a great decision w/ the bulova.. i always think about getting a MK watch too because it looks so chic and yet never seem to do it.. i think it's because it's so trendy and i want to get something more classical.

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    1. Completely agree! Classical pieces can be worn for so many years to come.

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  3. Your mom is the completely opposite of my mom. If my mom saw me struggling to buy something I like and happens to be expensive she'll offer to buy it for me as a birthday or Christmas gift.
    But I gotta say, when you mom gets you an "unofficial gift" she does it amazingly! Such a gorgeous watch. And I get what you mean about MK watches. They hardly go on sale and the style is really repetitive. There was one I had my eye on but thinking about it, it's just on trend and won't be worthwhile in the long run like a "plain(er)" silver watch would be. The mix of silver and rose-gold is great though! I can see this watch lasting you for years :)

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  4. gorgeous watch!!! hahaha love your story abt shopping w your mom. totally get what u mean XD

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  5. What a beautiful and generous non-gift from your mom!

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  6. it's a beautiful watch :) actually kind of looks like the Michael Kors rose gold watch. One of my lifetime (?) ambition is to own a Michael Kors watch muahahaha!!!! lolol. Your shopping experiences with your mom sounds like mine XD but I only stop her because she has the habit of buying things in BULK =_= without trying it first. Gahhh!!!!

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    1. I saw a MK watch that was very similar to this one as well but passed by it because it was full priced. My mom has a bulk buying habit too, but with food xD

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  7. Oooo super gorgeous watch!

    xx Love & Aloha
    http://elisharon.blogspot.com

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  8. What a gorgeous watch!

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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  9. OMG seriously this watch is drop dead gorgeous! I would totally pick that over an MK watch! To be honest, I was getting turned off by the MK watch just because everybody wanted it, lol.

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    1. True! I'm glad I ended up getting something most people don't have for a change. I'm usually a trend follower :X

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