Well, first of all, I’m sure your husband selected the scorpion pill box as a souvenir because it reflects the culture and style where he’s deployed, and since he won’t always be deployed in the middle east, I really wouldn’t worry about getting similar gifts for the “rest of your life together.” But if you want to subtly send the message that you appreciate the thought but don’t necessarily love the style, I’d say something like, “The pill box is such a unique souvenir — not something I would have thought to pick out for myself, but it’s cool to see a slice of the culture where you are.” And then, to maybe drive home the point a little more, why don’t you ask him again about the saris (assuming he didn’t get them for you for Christmas as you requested). If you especially liked the gift he picked out for his daughter, you could also ask for something similar — maybe a bracelet made of the same material — before he returns home. Anyway, it could be worse. The scorpion could be a brooch that you’d feel obligated to wear. Like, out in public. A pill box, on the other hand, can be stored discreetly in a drawer or the bottom of a purse without the risk of hurting anyone’s feelings.
P.S. I got to see a picture of the scorpion pill box in question. It’s not that bad. He’s actually kind of cute. I say you give him a name and make him your bathroom mascot.
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