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People say that it’s the thought that counts when receiving gifts – but do you know who really says that? The people who don’t get the crappy gift! When you are the one who actually receives and opens the shitty gift, you never think “Oh, it’s the thought”…you think – “What a douche”…

 

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If you don’t agree with that last statement then you obviously have never been given a bath towel that has a white side marked with the word Face and a brown side marked with the word Butt by your father-in-law for Christmas. He said he saw it and thought of me instantly. Not sure what that means exactly, but I never took it too personally because this is the same man who carried one of his wife’s old purses through Europe so he had all of his things at the ready on the plane trips. It’s not even like it could pass for an attaché case or a messenger bag – it was a God damn Coach pocketbook!

 

It's not even like I got the matching soap that comes with it!

It’s not even like I got the matching soap that comes with it!

 

I’ve never been really good at faking my disappointment at bad gifts. I’ve never been as bad as my sister Marlene who once opened a crayola crayon sweater from an uncle and said “Are you kidding – I’m not wearing this thing.” She was justified when my brother Anthony told her he was sick of giving her bad gifts every year, so he would give her cash for Christmas instead. Come December 25th, she saw a big box with her name on it and sensed trouble right away. She knew that there was no way the box could be filled with cash and she gave him that knowing glance. that glance usually precedes a violent outburst at our family gatherings and he said “I know, I was going to just give you money, but when I saw this I just knew that you would love it.” She proceeded to open a pre-Sue Sylvester red polyester track suit, strikingly similar to the ones worn by those weird kids in The Royal Tannenbaums and she looked at my brother to see if he was serious. He had such a proud smile as if he just gave her the keys to a Range Rover and then she noticed the $14.99 price tag that he had left on it. She first checked the pockets for the gift card that would normally accompany a gag gift like that and then said “Are you fucking kidding me?” she offered – “What happened to you being sorry about always giving bad gifts, so you were going to give me money instead. You spent $14.99 on this.” He didn’t get it and tried to ask where her holiday spirit was, but needless to say that Christmas gift ranks up top with her just above the Island of Misfit Toys dolls that he gave her just two years earlier.

 

island of misfit toys

 

There is a difference if you give a bad gift with a funny intention or if the gift is truly funny. Last year for my Christmas grab bag at work, I put in a bright  orange Mr. T Soap on a Rope. It was brand new, but when our admin opened it, she totally didn’t get it. Granted, she is brain-dead and is the queen of the blank stare, but that is a classic gift that people fight over. You just can’t get that everywhere! I gave it to Weezie for her birthday one year and she gave it the ultimate respect that it normally commands – she placed in right into the cleavage of her low-cut shirt and wore it for the rest of the night at the bar.

 

soap

 

I usually put a ton of time into thinking what to get a person, but I too have fallen to the dark side and gotten a bad gift or two. Let me start out by saying that I am a whore for a compliment. I was in the mall at Christmastime and you know those kiosks in the aisles that always have the cute foreign girls coming up to you saying they just want to talk to you? They’re dangerous. All it took was two Armenian girls sweet talking me and I left their kiosk with four of The Original Head Trip Tingler Copper Head Massagers:

 

Copper Head Tingler – Who wouldn’t want to get this as a gift?

 

Needles to say when my sister unwrapped it – my wife started to laugh; She certainly didn’t expect to find one under our tree at home or one for her mother and sister either. She also didn’t expect that I would spend 100 bucks on shit that no one wants. I fall victim to a compliment from a pretty girl and believe every word – that’s why I can’t be left to shop alone. I once bought a ruffled white shirt that cost $150.00 because the sales girl in Kenneth Cole told me I looked cute like Usher when I tried it on. I, of course, bought it hook, line, and sinker and then got the jeans too because she told me they completed the outfit. I got home thinking how hot I would look and my wife then reminded me that I look nothing like Usher. In fact, I look more like Oprah than Usher – especially since I’m white!!!

 

arrives at the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on January 31, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.

arrives at the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on January 31, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.

 

 

The timing of this post might seem suspicious, but I don’t throw this out there now because my birthday is next week and I am afraid of bad gifts. I put this out there now because if you give me bad gifts, I am gonna let you know. And don’t get me a towel that says Butt on it – I didn’t need one, but I certainly don’t need two! And if you give me a bad gift – I will write it here!

 

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  1. TP for a Christmas gift. Too personal?

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  2. Reblogged this on http://www.immodiumabuser.com and commented:

    CHOO CHOO – My sister’s Happy Birthday locomotive is coming through!!! Here’s hoping that out big brother changed his ways and all of a sudden gave Marlene a good gift. OK, no way that would happen! Keep us posted the next time you guys do a puzzle together and what you get for your Birthday… 🙂

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  3. Hi, very interesting post, greetings from Greece!

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  4. t’s such a tickety-boo site. imaginary, acutely interesting!!!

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  5. I nearly just peed myself. I’m sitting with said giftgiver reading him ur posts not knowing that you went there. And the look on his face was priceless and a little uncomfortable. You can’t make this shit up. Is nothing sacred? And he said Charlie in the box said f%^ you

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  6. okay, I totally agree on the whole “the thought that counts” really is “WTF were you thinking?” because I have had many of these. I would say that I myself give out really unique one of a kind gifts for the holidays. I either make them, or I spend some nice cash on people and sometimes they aren’t even family members. I make an effort. I actually would say i’m a great gift giver. I know what people like and tend to get them what they do like. Anyways, here is a story. a few weeks before christmas my boyfriend and I were watching t.v. There was a Chia pet commerical. I haven’t seen a Chia Pet commercial in a long time, not since I was a kid. I got all excited. I said “Wow, they still sell Chia pets? I loved those chia pet commercials. I had one when I was a kid.” My boyfriend interpreted this as “I want a chia pet for christmas.” which was not at all true. I was merely reminising
    So Christmas day arrives. I’m all excited. I see there are lots of boxes wrapped in pretty paper. I go to open the rectangular shaped box. It’s a Chia Pet in the shape of a sheep or cow. Not quite sure. I laughed, thought it was funny. I thought it was a gag gift. I said “how cute” to my boyfriend.
    Then I opened another box similarly shaped.
    WTF.
    ANOTHER CHIA PET!
    I am not good in hiding my facial expressions. I think I looked confused or upset. not sure.
    But the bf is not good in guessing what i’m thinking.
    I didn’t quite understand why he had given me two chia pets. I know I got excited about the commercial, but that was it. I didn’t want to water the damned thing.
    when I was 8 I remember the chia pet’s grass on it’s back had died and turned all brown and dried up. I was never a green thumb.
    So I gave the first chia pet as a Christmas gift to my brother, who I had not bought a gift for.

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