Playing With: Convenience Store Gift Shopping

Basic Trope: Last minute, useless, thoughtless gifts.
  • Straight: Bob forgets his and Alice's wedding anniversary. When he finally does remember, he drives to the nearest convenience store and picks out a pack of cigarettes and a gift bow. Alice has never smoked in her life.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Same as above, except that Alice just quit smoking a month ago, and her father died of emphysema last week. Nice going, Bob.
    • Every gift Bob gives is thoughtless.
  • Downplayed: Bob goes to the convenience store, but does put in enough effort to pick something Alice would like. For example, if Alice likes candy, Bob could pick out an assortment of candy bars.
  • Justified: Bob forgot about their anniversary, and left shopping until the very last minute as a result. It doesn't help that Alice is hard to buy for.
  • Inverted: Bob goes to a high-end department store and picks out a necklace Alice had her eye on, even though there's no special occasion.
  • Subverted:
    • Alice thinks that Bob is going to give her a thoughtless last-minute gift. Instead, he gets her a gift certificate at the grocery store.
    • Alice receives a weird gift from Bob and suspects that he remembered the anniversary at the last moment, but it actually is a prelude to Bob becoming a Cloudcuckoolander out of age.
  • Double Subverted:
    • The gift certificate is to a fast-food restaurant, and Alice doesn't eat fast food.
    • The gift certificate is to a store for plus-sized women, and Alice responds: "Do you think I'm fat?!"
    • Bob was lying to avoid criticism; he's still as competent as ever.
  • Parodied: Bob buys a thoughtless gift for a total stranger.
  • Zig Zagged: The presents at Alice's birthday party range from extremely well-thought-out to generic to useless and wildly inappropriate, depending on when the shopper remembered.
  • Averted:
    • All gifts are well-thought-out.
    • No gifts are given in the work.
  • Enforced: Idiot Plot
  • Lampshaded:
    • "What should I get her...? I know! Dental floss! Everyone loves dental floss!"
    • "I know people say that's 'it's the thought that counts', but come on Bob! An expired bag of potato chips!? There isn't even any thought on that!"
  • Invoked: Bob catches sight of the calendar and notices that it's his and Alice's anniversary tomorrow. He has no gift for her, and because it's so late, only the convenience stores and gas stations are still open.
  • Exploited: The convenience stores know that people look in them for gifts, so they stock things that most people would like to get, such as gift cards, chocolate, and stuffed animals. Truth in Television.
  • Defied:
    • Bob gets Alice something he knows she'd like.
    • Bob doesn't put off shopping until the last minute, and pays attention so he can get a meaningful gift.
  • Discussed: "It's nine o' clock on Christmas Eve, and the only place open is the Gas-and-Go. With my luck, the one person I forgot to shop for is probably going to remind me to pick up a present just about now. I wonder who it could be?"
  • Conversed: "Generic Sitcom reuses Bob getting Alice a lame present at the convenience store every season. You'd think they'd find a way to subvert it somehow."
  • Deconstructed: Alice and Bob have a fight later on, and Bob has to make things right.
  • Played For Laughs:
  • Played For Drama: The thoughtless gift causes a big fight, and this is just the tip of the iceberg.

I hope you get me a real gift this time. Convenience Store Gift Shopping is really getting old.