That's hilarious!! Did you ever listen to it?
Worst Christmas Gift thread - Page 2
I don't have family around, except my sister and her husband- so we spend Christmas with my BIL's mom and their extended family. This will be our fourth Christmas there. The first year, my younger son was 6 weeks old at Christmas. My sisters MIL gave me weightloss tea, an entire case of it. The next year, she gave me a crock-pot which I was happy about but then she made the comment that I can stop taking my kids to eat fast food all the time and start cooking at home (we NEVER ate out at ALL, I dunno where she got that from) This lady is almost 80 years old and just cracks me up with her snarky comments all the time. They do a white elephant exchange every year and one year I got a lovely cashmere scarf. She "stole" it from me (part of the game) because she said I would never need such a thing.. my BIL stood up for me and said "Yeah Mom, she takes the bus to work everyday, what would she POSSIBLY do with a scarf?" haha.. I am so looking forward to Christmas :-)
Wow! Some of these are awful! I guess the gift that bothered me the most was this tiny pink keychain Swiss army knife. It's not a bad gift, but the context was really sexist. I was 12 at the time and was constantly exploring the outdoors, going camping with my friends, studying survival skills, etc. I asked for a pocket knife that I could use on my explorations. My grandparents decided that a tiny pink knife with a nail file fit the bill. After I opened my gift, my younger male cousin opened his giant hunting g knife. I was so disappointed, but my dad went out a few days later and got me a perfect pocket knife, and I smile whenever I use it. So I guess it turned out well in the end and it's even more special that my dad "got" it.
<smirks> Did it have tweezers, too? Perhaps a little wire-brush mascara wand?
And may I say, yay for your dad!
Ok, this I can add to. . . for many years, my mom bought me clothes in the size that she thought I "should" be. She would say, "Isn't that cute? I figure that you will need some new clothes once you lose the baby weight." This is so frustrating, it is nearly insane. She is finally buying me the size I need. However, she still buys styles that really aren't me at all. At this weight, I don't want stretchy, clingy shirts! There is usually something that I like, and I make sure she knows which one works well.
When I was pregnant with my first, my dad and stepmom got me a Christmas tree ornament shaped like a baby shoe, and said that the rest of my present hadn't arrived in time for Christmas. When it did arrive, it was a hoodie towel for the baby. There may have been a gift card or some cash, I can't remember, but there was no physical gift at all that was for me. They got my husband a couple of really nice shirts too, which kind of added to the insult, because it's not like they just weren't giving gifts that year or something.
I should have saved the rant I put in the commercialism thread here. Wish I'd seen this one first. ^^;
Kind of a reversal: My mom got me a $25 gift card to spend on myself and also sent money specifically for necessities, in addition to presents for baby and my partner. (if $25 seems low: not long ago she got us a Britax car seat that I love and she's offered to send more if I want something that it won't cover) My partner thinks this is ridiculous, I think it's the first good present she's gotten me in years!
My partner's the same way. Complains that I'm impossible to shop for because I don't want anything- no, you just don't think what I want "counts" as gift-worthy.
There's two things I specifically asked for that I don't think my partner got me, one of which my partner whined wasn't really a gift. :/ (the other is very difficult to get and I fully understand if my partner didn't feel comfortable getting it- it's a brush for Japanese calligraphy so getting the right kind in the states is hard.)
I kind of dread presents because of this.
One year my MIL bought me a collapsable plastic tote for the trunk of my car. That one was really hard to pretend to be excited about. Now she either gives me a catalog to choose out of or cash or just plain asks what I want and then actually gets what I asked for.
Last year DH gave me a beautiful diamond necklace. I really really really wanted a Bosch Universal kitchen appliance. I was disappointed- but tried not to show it because he was so proud of himself. I am more of a chunky gaudy jewelry girl and this is so tiny and dainty- but I wear it all the time :) I waited a few days and then ordered the Bosch.
See, I want and need one of those!
I whined about this somewhere else, but Mother's Day dh took dd shoping for me. I asked for one thing, a very specific perfume from BBW. He let her pick out a dozen lotions and matching body sprays, spent 3 times as much and didn't get the one thing I wanted. "But that's what she wanted to get you!" Yea, that's why you're the adult and you know, my husband who knows that I am 100% the OPPOSITE from our daughter who is all about sparkle, shine, flowers and candy. On no planet do we even have close to the same taste.
My worst story was more the situation than the gift. Shortly before Christmas I started receiving a National Geographic subscription. I could not figure out why I was getting it, asked a couple of family members. No one. Finally I called customer service, and they said the name of my (widower) dad, who had died the previous July. Dropping off the check for the subscription in the mailbox was probably the last time he stepped outside his house before he became ill.
My Dad's parents are really weird with their gifts. The worst present they have ever given was a jacket they got on clearance for my little sister. She is a rather small person, around 5', 100lbs at most. The jacket they got her was 2 sizes too big, and maternity. They have also given my sisters cat toys. None of them own a cat.
I have never been a barbie type of girl and yet every year from the time I was 4 till I was 12 I got a barbie for Christmas from them. They are also very selective about who they are willing to ship presents to. Since becoming an adult the only time any of my siblings or I have received gifts are if we were going to be in the same town on Christmas. So even when we lived 30 minutes away if we went to my inlaws we did not get a present that year. Yet they ship some of my cousins presents when they are away at college because they would rather go on ski trips or other fun vacations then come home for Christmas. They also have a stange policy on Birthday money. If you are married you no longer get birthday money. So I do not get money for my birthday, but my oldest cousin who is in his early 40's and has never married does.
My Mil has given us some of her leftover cat flea treatment. My cat is an indoor only cat and was not having any flea problems, so this was not meant as a helpful gift, just as a I had this and wanted to get rid of it. Recently her long term boyfriend bought a used SUV that was full of stuff(Junk?) MIL said that while cleaning it out she founds some toys that she planned to send for our kids. My DH may have offended her by asking her not to send them if they were broken or looked dangerous in any way. We have not yet seen this box of toys.
Moral if the story: NEVER give the bad gift back! No matter how well you think it will go over.