Happy Boxing Day!

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Today is that magical day when we exchange the stuff we got for stuff we really want! It’s the one day of the year when we get to buy gifts for ourselves and not feel guilty. I’m hitting Walmart at 7 am to buy Justifed Season Four and some other stuff.

This is an open thread but everybody has to answer these two questions:

1. What is the worst gift you ever got?

2. Are you looking at it right now?


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88 Responses to Happy Boxing Day!

  1. The Klown says:

    The worst gift I ever got was a sweater. No, I am not looking at it right now.

    When it’s your first Christmas together and someone spends a lot of time, effort and money buying you gifts, you should at least make some effort buying them something they want, not something you want them to have.

    This is especially true if you spent a lot of time and money Christmas shopping for everyone else in your life.

    Bonus negative points if you put the sweater in the dryer and shrink it the first time it gets washed.

  2. The Klown says:

    Pro Tip: Never give your wife “sex certificates” as a gift. But if you do, make sure they clearly state they can only be redeemed with you.

  3. Worst gift? Wow! Thankfully, an aged mind tends to fade disappointments. But whatever, definitely not seeing it now.
    Here in £-town, where Boxing Day is big money, Selfridges just said their first two hour take, £2M, was 30% more than ever before. Good times! But brits we speak with seem worried. Wages have been stable for over two years, they say, but prices keep increasing. Not good.

  4. abc says:

    Worst gift? About 90% of the gifts I received as a foster kid. It may be better to give nothing than to give clearly rejects of gifts you intended for someone else…an obvious boy’s bedspread? a set of drinking glasses or a shirt imprinted with something you know somebody else likes and totally not age appropriate for a teenager? Having to act grateful for things that weren’t only NOT thoughtful, but may have actually been classified as thought-LESS was not my favorite feeling. Too bad they didn’t also give the receipt so I could celebrate boxing day. But the gift that kept on giving was the feeling that Christmas morning was an excellent day to pull the covers over the head and stay in bed. To this day, I cringe at the thought of getting gifts from anyone but my immediate family. When they ask, I say, really! I don’t need anything at all. Please, please, please, don’t get me ANYTHING. Buy something for yourself instead.

    And gosh no, I’m not looking at any of the items. I gave them to goodwill years ago. Secretly, privately, so I wouldn’t hurt anyone’s feelings. As if. I was a flipping doormat. Rolls eyes.

    Best gifts. Anything from my spouse. This year, he gave me a Christmas tree — decorated. I wasn’t going to have one. And he gave me bike fenders so I could enjoy my bike more often. And, knowing I like to doodle, he gave me Ink-Sense colored pencils that when lightly wetted, turn into watercolor ink. And he gave me CD music I loved when I was a kid. And my favorite concert DVD. And a book of easy guitar songs.

    But sorry that latter part of this post is off topic ;-)..

    • The Klown says:

      To me, the very best gifts are when you get someone something they never knew they wanted until they open it. I like giving gifts that make their eyes light up with pleasure. You have to know someone really well to do that.

      The worst gifts are the ones that say “I don’t care”.

      The funnest gifts are the gag gifts you get close friends.

    • helenk3 says:

      I can totally agree with you about the gifts you get as a foster child. I remember getting an umbrella as a teenager and how grateful I was supposed to be that I got it.

    • Somebody says:

      I can’t believe people would give foster kids crap like that, how horrible. I would be the opposite, I’d try to buy them the world to make up for the lot in life they’d been dealt. I’m so sorry you had that experience.

      BTW those pencils your husband got you sound really neat. My daughter would LOVE those!

    • Constance says:

      I’ve been thinking of your post all day. One year I was coordinator for the giving tree at the kids school/church. I couldn’t believe what some people give. One woman took a tag for a 14 year old boy who asked for jeans waste size 32. She brought in tan colored old man dress pants with pleats at the waist that were dry clean but were the right size. I find it so sad that a kid would ask for jeans, any jeans as my little piggy children present me with lists that would total many thousands if they ever got all the stuff (I think it is good to dream big). Thankfully some people just sent money so we were able to go out to Penney’s and replace the ridiculous stuff that was sent in. I am also sorry that happened to you but sounds like you now have a great gift giving husband.

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  6. DeniseVB says:

    Worst gifts aside, I don’t think anyone had a worst Christmas than Charlie Sheen. Sad really, but proof money and good looks don’t buy ya’ happiness 🙂

    http://twitchy.com/2013/12/26/go-phuk-urse-elves-a-charlie-sheen-christmas-photos/

  7. Lulu says:

    Really awful books are the worst gift. Especially anything that you would never read. I got an Ann Coulter book once and kicked it under the sofa when no one was looking. It stayed under the sofa until the carpets were cleaned.

    • The Klown says:

      I once got a Rush Limbaugh book I never opened.

    • Somebody says:

      I was given Nancy Pelosi’s book. It’s collecting dust on a shelf. I really should just dump it in the goodwill box.

      BTW I wouldn’t want an Ann Coulter book either. My husband and I call her screech, because that’s what we hear when she’s a guest as a talking head…….we always mute her.

  8. The Klown says:

    Since Obama and Congress are both on vacation there probably won’t be much political news until after New Years Day. That means I won’t be posting much either.

    • Lulu says:

      Everyone needs a break so enjoy. But the news is full of Obamacare awfulness when the media thinks no one is reading. It is mostly stuff everyone has already figured out all by themselves. Like the deductibles are going to put people in debt or crush consumer spending. Little stuff like that. One in USA Today stressed how poorly the mess was written by the lobbyists. We used to have crooked competent lobbyists but now they are just dumbasses.

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  10. elliesmom says:

    My mom died from cancer, and before it killed her, it addled her brain. Christmas presents from her the last year she as alive were pretty funny. Not awful – because we understood where she was. She knit me a chicken sweater. I was 50.

    • Lulu says:

      That is really a sweet memory. My great aunt, who was over 100 years old, crocheted afghans for our families pets one year. Little weird things which were so funny and sweet. My cat hated it which made it even funnier. I still have it.

    • leslie says:

      When my mother turned 95, she decided she would knit everyone of us afghans to remember her by. (She was unforgettable and so nothing was actually needed.) By the time she died (98) we all had beautiful afghans and she was working on one for the littlest great grandbaby not yet born. She never lost her cognitive processes. And even if she had, she was so smart that it still would’ve put her in the top 1% of smartest in the universe and we’d never have noticed.

  11. The Klown says:

    I’m back from Walmart. It was not crowded.

    I got JS4, a Phil Robertson bobble head and a fancy-schmanzy knife sharpener.

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  13. helenk3 says:

    well this year I am angry at the post office. before thanksgiving I sent books to my great grandkid,. mailed early so there parents could put them away for Christmas. I sent other pkgs with toys but the one with the books is in limbo . I got the box top with the send to address and my address and the tracking number on it. Don’t know where the books are. Then 10 days before Christmas I mailed cards with checks in them to my family. As of yesterday they had not received them.

    merry Christmas Bah Humbug

  14. DandyTIger says:

    I can’t think of anything really terrible. Some gifts that were for way younger kids when I was a kid and a few bad sweaters. No harm, no foul. I just past them on to others, discreetly. Best gift, my favorite great aunt teaching me to knit. It wasn’t the knitting, it was the time she spent teaching me.

  15. The Klown says:
    • The Klown says:

      This is how the story goes:

      You’re single, irresponsible and loving it. Then you meet a woman and start having a lot of wild nasty pig-sex with her. Then you decide that this is the only woman you ever want to have wild nasty pig-sex with for the rest of your life. So you marry her.

      Pretty soon you ain’t having wild nasty pig-sex anymore. You’re lucky if you get plain and boring sex once a month. You’re doing chores, and your wife wants you to go with her to Bed, Bath and Beyond to pick out some new throw pillows. On a Sunday. During the playoffs.

    • Constance says:

      That is my feeling on the subject of gay marriage too. I can’t see why anyone would spend all that energy trying to gain access to an institution that isn’t all that fulfilling. Can’t gay people look around and sense how “happy” most married straight people are? I thought they were supposed to be more sensitive, I guess that must be a stereotype. It’s really all I can do to keep from saying “so are you happy now” with a smirk to married gay folks. Not that there is anything wrong with it.

    • DandyTIger says:

      “She is yours. After a time, you may find that having is not so pleasing a thing, after all, as wanting. It is not logical, but it is often true.” – Spock

    • elliesmom says:

      We are friends with a Lesbian couple who will be getting married in RI in February. They live a couple of miles from the MA border, and one of them works in MA. If they had moved over the border, they could have been married years ago. Instead they’ve been protesting at the RI statehouse. While I am happy for them, I won’t listen to being married was the most important thing in their lives.

  16. Constance says:

    I’m not mentioning any specific gifts or people but how the hell hard is it to buy a good gift?! If you have access to the person you are buying for you simply watch them and see what brand of tea, coffee, beer, wine, etc. they buy and get that for them. You notice if they like to go out for coffee, breakfast, lunch etc and take them out for some one on one time. Do they always wear a certain item of clothes? buy them a new one. I think some people are just too self centered to figure it out.

    • leslie says:

      I agree about paying attention. Another way to figure out what to give them is to watch what they give others. A good friend always gives hand cream and candles. And she loves to do jigsaw puzzles. So what do I give her? Jigsaw puzzles, candles and hand creams. She loves them.

  17. The Klown says:
    • elliesmom says:

      New Trier was used as the location for “The Breakfast Club”.

      • leslie says:

        This and others of his films (“Pretty in Pink” , “Sixteen Candles”) were filmed in my neighborhood. My kids were in hog heaven. They used to spend days watching movie making from the sidewalk. I was in heaven knowing where they were and that I could get to them easily if I needed to. I used to ask them what they saw…. “nothing, but it was fun”. LOL

        • leslie says:

          My neighborhood was not in the New Trier district. Not even close. But it had lots of big old houses and lots of trees. And the lake was nearby.

        • elliesmom says:

          The movie “Labor Day” with Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, and Toby Maguire was filmed down the street and around the corner from us a while back. It’s a period piece and they had old cars, police vehicles, and fire trucks running up and down the streets. I think it’s coming out soon. Winslet made a big stir when they filmed her going to the movies in our downtown theater. It’s an old-fashioned looking one with a marquee. The house they used for the set used to belong to my daughter’s BFF’s mom. We have a theater party planned when they show it in our little movie house.

  18. foxyladi14 says:

    Got two lumps this year am keeping them. 😀

  19. piper says:

    obama and the dems Christmas gift to the country. More taxes
    http://nypost.com/2013/12/25/new-obamacare-fees-coming-in-2014/

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  21. The Klown says:

    My spirit animal is bacon

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  23. Gojoyknocks says:

    This was the worst Christmas ever and that includes the two spent in juvie. Thanks to the ice storm, no heat, no electricity, no cell and iPad, no truck. I am now suiting up to walk two miles for a pack of Kools. Bah fucking hum bug.

    • DeniseVB says:

      That’s the holiday spirit Gojoy! Who said ciggies weren’t healthy? You’re probably the only one in your neighborhood getting out for fresh air and exercise 😀 Hope things get better for you soon !

    • catarina says:

      Joy, that sucks! Can you get out of there and go stay with HP?

  24. leslie says:

    I’m so sorry. It sounds awful. Hope you get your Kools with little trouble.

  25. foxyladi14 says:

    One mile for Camels Two miles for Kools. 😉

  26. Jadzia says:

    That would be a dusty teddy bear that clearly came from the top shelf at the grocery store, along with a pack of cigarettes. Our first married Christmas!

  27. helenk3 says:

    and the award goes to……..

  28. DeniseVB says:

    My latest fun find for the TCH FB page….

  29. Somebody says:

    Hmmmm well there was the first Christmas I was married and my sister-in-law gave me a man’s dress shirt. Obviously it was one of her husband’s rejects……I really felt welcomed into the family, NOT.

    The worst gift however was actually a couple gift. A couple we were friends with let us know they had gotten us the “perfect” Christmas gift. They went on and on about all they had been through to find us the perfect gift and how expensive it was, but we were worth it, blah, blah.

    We had never exchanged gifts before, now suddenly we were out hunting for a gift for them. They had decorative fish in their house, a couple by a particular artist so that’s what we bought them and it was expensive.

    Flash forward to the exchanging of gifts, they got us a leather riding crop, velvet covered handcuffs, a leather bullwhip, a complete leather “dominatrix” type outfit for me, a book about S&M and a variety of sex toys. At first we thought it was a gag gift and we’d been had, but no they were dead serious and so proud of the quality stuff they had gotten us.

    A) We’re not into S&M or bondage.
    B) If we were we’d buy our own “supplies”
    C) Then they tried to talk us into a whole S&M/bondage couple swap thing……OMG worst Christmas ever!

    I suppose if we were into that it could have been the best Christmas ever?

  30. mothy67 says:

    Anybody have any feedback on chromebook. Have a good desktop for work but bought a Kindle fire for mobility at home. Fine for reading but annoying as he’ll to post(case in point I thought I was posting worst Christmas gift ever here but it ended up on last post) Just need something basic with keyboard. Got 200 in amazon gift cards and that covers it but Don’t want to buy if junk.

    • catarina says:

      The Chromebook is great, definitely not junk.
      Just remember, Creepy Eric Schmidt is watching every keystroke 😈

  31. cynic says:

    I was 20, having been married for two months, and found lots of wrapped packages hanging from our first Christmas tree. I was excited (jewelry perhaps???). Turns out, my husband bought me a sewing basket, and the things hanging from the tree were pkgs. of sewing needles, a thimble, needle threader, etc. I didn’t let on how disappointed I was.

    Then, another year, he bought me a coffee grinder, but no coffee beans! He will never live that one down!

    The best gift, that I didn’t know that I wanted, but love, love, love, was a small, flip-down tv that hangs under the cabinet next to my stove. I can listen to the radio, watch tv, play dvds, etc. Makes cooking supper much more enjoyable.

  32. SHV says:

    I guess my best present was a twenty something cute blonde who called me on Christmas eve and invited herself on a two week road trip to Jackson Hole WY and YNP.

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  34. trixta says:

    I’m always happy with my xmas, birthday, Valentines gifts from my spouse. My husband hates to shop, so I just buy myself a gift for the occasion then let him know what he bought me. Works every time.

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