If someone gifts you tickets, should they expect to come with you?

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Q: My husband bought me two concert tickets as a Christmas present. I’d rather take my sister than him. Is that allowed?
P.E., Frenchs Forest, NSW   

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A: The double-ticket present is a bit of a nightmare, actually. If your husband expects you to take him to the concert, then he’s also giving himself a present, which means he only gave you a half-present, in which case you’re entitled to half of whatever present you gave him – you can drink half his whisky, or wear one of his polka-dotted Happy Socks.

But if you choose to take your sister to the concert, then you’re giving her your husband’s half-present, which means he didn’t need to buy your sister a Christmas present because you’ve already given her his, which he bought for himself and never got. Arghhhhh, brain convulsing. It feels weird. Don’t like it.

So, what do you do? I guess it really depends on what your husband said when he gave you the gift.