***Update***: Olivia provides an update to this interaction in the comments.
Reader Olivia has a minor dilemma. She has an Amazon wishlist (as do I!) and people are able to purchase the items for the listmaker. Kind of like a wedding registry.
Olivia recently received one of her wishlist books in the mail. She was surprised to discover who had sent her the gift:
The person who sent it is someone I have only [spoken to] online and rarely in good terms.
The person is a very conservative Christian mother who actively goes out of her way to tell people how bad and wrong homosexuality is, most commonly by sending emails/posting on their blogs.The last time we had an encounter, she described me as an evil snake and follower of Satan.
Olivia appreciates the book but wonders about the appropriate response:
Should I return the gift?
Accept it graciously and send something in return?
Should I look for an ulterior motive?
Am I being too paranoid?
In case it matters, the book has nothing to do with religion.
What would you do?