Wednesday, December 14

"Bad" Holiday Gifts vs. "Good" Holiday Gifts

Found this article and well, it didn't disappoint in terms of blog fodder.
Here are some of my thoughts about a few of the items:

# 1.) Exercise Gear 
     - Apparently this is risking the unintentional insult of saying: "you need to get in shape." Screw you, rule #1. I see tons of people all over social media saying what they really want is: sneakers, yoga pants, weights, etc. Hell, I even have this on my wish list.

# 4.) Anything Regifted
     - Ok, I get the faux pas of this. But . . .I don't know. I've been given regifted gifts where the person told me "this is a regift/I don't like this lotion but I know you love this scent" (my friends and I tend to be fairly up front) and it was awesome. I have regifted before (with disclosure) and it was all good. Obviously some things should never be regifted, it should still be in new condition, it should be something the person would actually like, and give it to someone outside the circle of people you received it from, i.e., co-worker, different group of friends, whatever.

# 6.) Calendar For a Year That Already Happened

# 7.) DVD's
    - Fuck you. Obvious Apple Product Placement is Obvious. I love DVD's. At this point in life, I still actually prefer them, kind of. Sure, I love the incredible (it really is incredible!) clarity of Blu-Ray, but I can watch DVD's on my laptop and that is super important in my house. This one is about knowing your audience and what THEY would like most.

# 9.) Cash
     -  Evidently this is ok for teens and tweens to receive, but not adults - then it's just tacky. Well, guess what? I have NEVER ONCE been disappointed to receive cash in a card or tiny box. You know what I spend that cash on? Stuff I really want but probably wouldn't otherwise buy. Maybe not for your best friend - but then again - maybe? Maybe what your bestie really wants for Christmas is a trip to the bar because she never gets to go out.

# 11.) A Single Knife

# 23.) Toilet Paper

# 27.) Socks
   - You reach a point somewhere in your twenties when suddenly every Christmas you're like "also: socks." Maybe wool socks, maybe hunting socks, maybe cutesy fun socks, maybe knee socks, maybe slipper socks, but at some point, you get to the point where you want socks. (Or is that just me and everyone I know above age 25?)

The entire list can be viewed by clicking the link at the top of this post. Many of the items are pretty obvious. Shape wear, fertility charms, hair dye, live animals, etc. But I guess somebody out there is gifting these things.

A lot of things are also "Well, is that what they asked for?" Like, "scale." Okay, apropos of nothing, you gift someone a scale = bad. They asked for a scale that could measure weight and body fat? Find a lovely one for them.

Have you ever regifted? What things do you think are "bad" gifts or shouldn't be given? What "bad" gifts have you received? Have you ever asked for or received a traditionally "bad" gift that you loved?

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