Bad Gift/Good gift

Discussion in 'Free Range' started by Apples&Oranges, Oct 6, 2018.

  1. Apples&Oranges

    Apples&Oranges Chicken

    Like bad cop good cop, but gifts. Share a good gift if it's great, but the real glory is in the bad gifts. Post 'em so we can all say "wft??" together!
     
  2. android

    android Founding Messiah Staff Member

  3. Apples&Oranges

    Apples&Oranges Chicken

    Maybe this thread should be in free range? Mod can move it if it's a better fit over there
     
  4. shakespeer

    shakespeer Basic Pirate Lesbian Aesthete

    I've definitely mentioned this before, but my aunt once got me a chocolate fondue pot for one for Valentine's Day.

    She has never before nor since, to my knowledge, gotten a family member a Valentine's gift. Still not sure if she was trying to be nice or passive-aggressive or what that was.
     
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  5. HBC

    HBC Chicken

    My MIL got us a book on recovery from sexual sin (maily pornography) written by one of MILs cousins in law for Christmas. There were two copies, one for each of us.
     
  6. shakespeer

    shakespeer Basic Pirate Lesbian Aesthete

    Did they have dedications?
     
  7. HBC

    HBC Chicken

    lololol I should check. I never opened them.
     
  8. shakespeer

    shakespeer Basic Pirate Lesbian Aesthete

    I can’t believe you haven’t done a dramatic reading.

    One of our first long conversations as a couple was reading over a terrible self-published Amazon romance novel where the male romantic interest had Z’s name and I found it google stalking him.
     
  9. HBC

    HBC Chicken

    What if I told you this wasn't the first fanatical christian book published by a relative that we've been given as a gift.
     
  10. shakespeer

    shakespeer Basic Pirate Lesbian Aesthete

    You could host a dramatic reading podcast
     
  11. Erie

    Erie Florida AF

    I love it, yes please. A la My Dad Wrote a Porno
     
  12. pinacolada

    pinacolada Chicken

    Youngest BIL used to be a great gift giver, but now he mostly misses the mark. Some gifts are just not something we'd be interested in, others are headscratchers.

    The worst were probably the ceramic mug and chia pet for C when he was 1

    Some other recent gift fails:
    -A tiny collectors spoon as a baby shower gift (it's small so obviously for a baby to use)
    -Shark pencil sharpener (for J)
    -Realistic dinosaur hand puppet that C is scared of
    -Several albums that are still in the shrink wrap (tried to introduce too many new bands at once without gauging interest)
    -Eye of Sauron snow globe (red and black glitter. I like LOTR but it isn't the knock knack I would have chosen.)
    -Random movie (which he texted to make sure I hadn't already bought for J)
    -pineapple straw with sugar on the bottom while we were in the hospital after N was born, but no drink to go with it, so I just brought this straw home with me

    He makes a lot of impulse purchases.
     
  13. Imabug1002

    Imabug1002 Chick pee

    At least he tries. My brother just tells me what he wanted to get me but didn’t because he didn’t know if I would like it then doesn’t get me anything. :lol:
     
  14. scotchbutter

    scotchbutter Chicken

    My mom gave me a book on how to be a good wife and J a shirt with a giant ewok face on it :lol:
     
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  15. Zoomzoom

    Zoomzoom Old Curmudgeon

    My uncle once got my sister a gift card to a dance fitness apparel store (like LuLu Lemon, but dance focused) that we don't have here. She has never taken a dance class and the only thing that gift card could have paid for was a headband.

    Our good friends got us such a random wedding gift:
    • The second Hobbit movie complete with a statuette of dwarves (we don't own the first or third so we've never watched this)
    • A World of Warcraft calendar (we got married in late May)
    • A Monopoly Player's Guide (it is known that I dislike Monopoly)
    • Game of Life: Fame Edition (we play a lot of board games with them, but like strategy games, not Milton Bradley)
     
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  16. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    @Zoomzoom like Capezio or something? I’d have bought the hell out of some good socks or split-sole slippers.
     
  17. Zoomzoom

    Zoomzoom Old Curmudgeon

    I can't even remember for sure. It was several years ago and it was the first and only time I'd heard of the store. I'm not sure if she could have even covered shipping and an item with it. One of our other local cousins got one too and is a dancer. My sis just gave it to her to use next time she was in a city with a store location. My uncle lives in a different province so he mailed it, but the local family was all baffled by the gift choice.
     
  18. Scout

    Scout Chicken

    My grandmother once gave my husband a book about herbs because she heard he was health conscious (he’s an Osteo).

    My uncle liked to get me classic books as a child, like the orange penguin classics. When I was 11 he gave me “a clockwork orange” for Christmas. My parents were furious when they found out (after I read a chapter and asked them what a few of the words meant eeek). They definitely paid closer attention to the books he gave me after that!
     
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  19. Comet

    Comet Chicken

    M's brother gave a (now former) girlfriend a pants press for her birthday. He was so proud of it, but she was understandably less than enthused. M and I can't remember her name so we just refer to her as Pants Press in stories.

    Stepsister once gave M and I gift cards for two different stores that only exist in Charleston (and don't sell online) for Christmas. We left the day after Christmas so that was a waste.

    She and my MIL have also given me a lot of things with cutesy sayings on them. I know some people are into that, but I hate that kind of thing.
     
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  20. Kimmers

    Kimmers Chicken

    Ugh, love her but MIL has bought L two onesies and both are terrible... “I brighten mommy’s days and ruin her nights” and “sorry boys daddy says I can’t date until I’m 30”. Nope nope nope.
     
  21. Comet

    Comet Chicken

    Oh man, that no dating until 30 onesie. :bird:

    I'm sure I'll have a ton of material for this thread once MIL starts buying baby stuff.
     
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  22. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    The year I was pregnant BIL and SIL gave me a gift set of cocoa butter lotions for stretch marks and D Rogaine.
     
  23. pinacolada

    pinacolada Chicken

    My little sister asked what I wanted for Christmas last year. I was pregnant and don't want more crap and the house so I asked for fancy chocolates (she didn't know I was pregnant).

    She gave me a bracelet and a Christmas pin that I'll never use. Why even ask?

    What did she give J? Beer and chocolate. I was so jealous.
     
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  24. whatchyagonnado

    whatchyagonnado Chicken

    One year we decided to do Secret Santa with A’s siblings.

    A’s older brother and I got each other.

    I got his brother Dr Who cufflinks

    He got me a $3 spatula.

    Thats the last year we did gifts with his family.
     
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  25. Zombie Llama

    Zombie Llama Ain't no corn bitch

    My mom's boyfriend (now ex) bought her a Lady Smith & Wesson for Christmas and gave it to her in front of our entire family. We were all horrified.
     
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