Woman's Reaction to Sister's Handmade Anniversary Gift Enrages Internet

In a new post going viral, the internet has slammed a woman after her reaction to her sister's homemade anniversary gift for her husband.

Published to Reddit's r/AmITheA**hole forum, a woman under the anonymous username u/aitapaintinggift shared her story in order to receive feedback from the "AITA" community. The popular post has over 4,000 upvotes and 2,000 comments.

The Redditor began her story by explaining that her sister, "Zara," just celebrated her first wedding anniversary with her husband, "Will." To celebrate, the couple invited the family over for dinner.

"Long story short, after dessert Zara said she had a gift for Will. I thought it was going to be some grand gesture, but then Zara gave him a painting she did of Will and his late dad. Now, Zara does art as a hobby and she's a very good artist - and I get the sentimental value of it - but I sort of let out a laugh because it seemed like she was half-a**ing giving him a painting instead of a proper gift," she explained.

Woman slammed for reaction to anniversary gift
The internet slammed a woman for her reaction to her sister's handmade anniversary gift to her husband. MangoStar_Studio/iStock / Getty Images Plus

She said that when she gets gifts for her boyfriend, they typically "splurge" on one another and then went on to explain that "everyone's not the same." When Zara asked why she laughed, the OP (original poster) didn't want to answer and tried to play it off.

"She kept insisting so I said I thought it was funny she was half-assing her husband's anniversary gift. She looked hurt, Will said he loves the painting and I was a idiot. We left after that," she concluded.

Newsweek reached out to u/aitapaintinggift for comment.

Want to gift your significant other a handmade gift instead of a store-bought gift? According to siennalikestoparty.com, handmade gifts are personal as the gifter spent their time working on a gift for a person that means a lot to them. They also have a "feel-good vibe" to them, as when the person looks at their gift, they are reminded of who made it for them.

Don't know what to make for your significant other? Here are a few ideas that can get you started, per collegemagazine.com.

  • "ABC's of Us" Book: For each letter, you write something that represents your relationship beginning with that letter.
  • 52 Reasons Why I Love You: Using a deck of cards, you can get creative and write 52 reasons why you love your significant other.
  • "Open When" Letters: Use your writing skills to write personalized letters to your significant other. Some examples of "open when" letters include: Open When You're Bored, Open When You Feel Sick and Open When You're Anxious.
  • Make a Playlist: Create a playlist on the music streaming platform of your choice and add songs that they love or songs that you listen to together.

Reddit users were quick to comment, enraged at the OP's comment about the gift.

"[You're the a**hole] Sounds like a lovely gift, you must be very shallow to consider that 'half-a**ing,'" wrote u/vip00, receiving the top comment with over 10,000 upvotes.

"[You're the a**hole] she put more effort into her gift than you ever do. All you do is get out your credit card, and you think you're better because of it," u/Deucalion666 slammed the OP.

U/Professional_Froyo34 said, "[You're the a**hole] I'd take a hand painted sentimental gift over some expensive gift any day. Hope this is rage bait and not some clueless person who thinks price is better vs sentimental."

"Met a lot of [a**holes] in my lifetime, but you are a special case. You are next level. The fact you even came here to ask if you were just shows how special you are. [You're the a**hole] and the biggest one ever," argued u/poormansw0rds.

"[You're the a**hole] so she gave him a thoughtful and appropriate gift (paper anniversary) that involved personal effort on her part and you minimize it? That's mean spirited of you. Glad your boyfriend and you value material goods more than each other. Seems Zara and Will have a good future in front of them," u/Bozobozo111 exclaimed.