Exchanging gifts over the holidays, with family, can be a lot of fun. It can also be the source of a lot of unintended laughs.
An article I came across on Yahoo! listed 19 Unusual gifts that nobody wants, showing a list of products that were clearly not for everybody. To me, they seemed like gifts that were either ill-conceived, or so cheesy, that they would be hard to forget. The list got me thinking about gifts that I had received – or ones that I have heard of people receiving – that were so weird that they couldn’t be forgotten.
First, the list from the article. As I mentioned, 19 unusual items were listed. The 5 that jumped out at me (with my commentary below) were:
- Dog Mustache Toy($10). This just seems so silly, to buy a fake mustache that can be put on a dog. Won’t the dog get irritated with it? Is it really that funny, anyway? When I look at the picture, it seems like this is such a dumb idea for a toy that it actually is funny. Kind of like a movie that has acting that so unintentionally bad and cheesy that it ends up being entertaining.
- Peekaru ($80). I wouldn’t have put my kids in this thing, if for no other reason that it looks completely bizarre. The kid’s face just emerges out of the parent’s body suit/blanket. Again, though, it’s so weird that a picture of it would be one to laugh at for many years.
- Bed Bug Stuffed Animal ($10). With the recent bed bug scare, I couldn’t imagine anyone wanting to snuggle up with a stuffed animal that’s supposed to be a bed bug. What gives you the warm and fuzzies, a stuffed teddy bear, stuffed puppy dog……or stuffed bed bug? If you gave this gift, at least you’d be remembered?
- Puppy Love Fragrance ($44). This is interesting….buying perfume for a dog. Would Fido really appreciate this perfume, or would he like a tasty bone or delicious dog food instead? If you’re really thinking of what makes the ultimate gift-recipient happy, this probably won’t be the gift you buy. It’s also one that won’t be remembered too well either:)
- Spray-on Hair ($15). This, I think, should only be given as a prank to a thick-skinned person. Who could possibly give this as a well-meaning gift? At least splurge for some generic minoxidil:)
As for my own experiences, I have seen enough funny gifts over the years. Now, let me preface this by saying that I truly appreciate all well-meaning gifts, like these, and don’t really want anybody to spend hard-earned money on me. It’s really about the peace, goodwill, and time with close family and friends for me.
That said, you just can’t help but remember some wacky gifts. Here are 3 in particular that I remember from over the years:
- Deer Repellent Whistle. Some years ago, I received this cheap looking contraption that was supposed be a deer repellent for your car. It had a discount label still on it, for $0.99. It was given by someone who let’s say was an extended family friend. The price sticker was faux paux #1, though I don’t really care about it much. The person was known to be cheap, and I don’t care anyway. The funny thing, however, is that I live in the Chicago area, and this person lived in a much more rural area. For him, it’s probably a realistic gift. But in a highly urban area, deer aren’t likely to be traversing busy intersections on their way to strip malls. Just a wacky gift all around.
- Chuck-E-Cheese Toys. Ok, this was me. I was a little kid, and Christmas was upon us. We went to a Chuck-E-Cheese (or maybe some knock-off place) a couple of days before Christmas, and I redeemed a bunch of Skee-ball tickets for a little tiny notepad and a plastic ring. As Christmas Eve came the next day, I realized I didn’t have a gift for my parents. So…you guessed it…I tried to give them these toys! Keep in mind I was very little. They didn’t even try to fake the enthusiasm, and I got the message and learned a lesson. It’s funny to me how unbelievably lame my effort was:)
- Leg Shaver. This one comes courtesy of a friend of mine from high school. He was dating this girl, who was his first girlfriend ever. They actually went steady for a few years. He wasn’t the most attuned to girls, and this showed when he got her a gift for Christmas. He told me that he really looked all over the place for a good gift, and tried to buy something he thought she would use. So, he bought her a leg shaver. Apparently, she tried to fake enthusiasm, but he realized his gift was a dud. It didn’t take him long to figure out how unromantic his idea was, and to his credit, he laughed at himself about that for a long time afterward. Of course, if he didn’t, a friend would be right there to help him with that:)
How about you? Have you received (or given) any gifts over the holidays that were well meaning but just so totally ridiculous that you just can’t forget them?