Rules
Terms of Use

Topic Options
#321619 - Sat Sep 09 2006 08:52 AM Weirdest gift you have given?
sue943 Online   content
Administrator

Registered: Sun Dec 19 1999
Posts: 37389
Loc: Jersey
Channel Islands    
What is the strangest, or most hideous gift that you have given? We will have another thread for most weird or strange gift received.
_________________________
Many a child has been spoiled because you can't spank a Grandma!

Top
#321620 - Sat Sep 09 2006 09:06 AM Re: Weirdest gift you have given?
sue943 Online   content
Administrator

Registered: Sun Dec 19 1999
Posts: 37389
Loc: Jersey
Channel Islands    
Apart from a few joke presents to friends , I think the worst thing that I have given is an awful cigarette box which had been given to me as a wedding gift, it was exceptionally ugly. The recipient had no taste and thought it was a lovely jewellery box!
_________________________
Many a child has been spoiled because you can't spank a Grandma!

Top
#321621 - Sat Sep 09 2006 04:30 PM Re: Weirdest gift you have given?
mandelbrotset Offline
Enthusiast

Registered: Sun Aug 11 2002
Posts: 230
Loc: Riverside Chicago Illinois USA
One year we had a particularly cold and prolonged winter, so that year I gave all the men in my family silk thermal long underwear, tops and bottoms. They were all active outdoors people and I thought they would love them. It turned out that they were embarrassed to receive them and they all thought I was very odd to give gifts like that. I was really just trying to be thoughtful!
_________________________
"Patterns are set in one place and time, to be followed to the end of all years to come". (Andre Norton)

Top
#321622 - Sun Sep 10 2006 05:00 PM Re: Weirdest gift you have given?
Copago Offline
Moderator

Registered: Tue May 15 2001
Posts: 14384
Loc: Australia
My mum and I have a thing where we give each other pressies that ultimately do have a purpose you just have to figure out what it is. Like those blocks of wood with a hole in them that are balanced just so and they hold a bottle of wine? Or a wrought iron bug with curly antennae about six inches long that was a boot puller and then there was the piece of foam that had five holes in it that was to put between your toes so you could paint your toenails. I never did use that one.

Top
#321623 - Sun Sep 17 2006 06:33 PM Re: Weirdest gift you have given?
M0RDSITHRAINA Offline
Participant

Registered: Wed Sep 13 2006
Posts: 31
Loc: Halifax, England
I gave my sister in law three wishes for her birthday. It was a wicca spell kit and my sister in law loved it.
_________________________
IF MUSIC BE THE FOOD OF LOVE, PLAY MINE HARD AND FAST AND LOUD!!!

Top
#321624 - Sat Sep 23 2006 11:02 AM Re: Weirdest gift you have given?
sue943 Online   content
Administrator

Registered: Sun Dec 19 1999
Posts: 37389
Loc: Jersey
Channel Islands    
I just remembered a slightly bizarre gift my ex-husband gave to me one Christmas. It was the month before we separated, we were waiting for the purchase of a house to go through so that I could move out. He bought me one of those vacuum pumps for wine bottles, he thought it would be useful as I would need to re-cork bottles when I lived alone. Actually he was right, it has been useful, I used it just now which is what brought it to mind.
_________________________
Many a child has been spoiled because you can't spank a Grandma!

Top
#321625 - Sat Sep 23 2006 12:29 PM Re: Weirdest gift you have given?
gretas Offline
Enthusiast

Registered: Thu Jan 05 2006
Posts: 293
Loc: Northern Maine, USA
At Christmas, my mother gives us what she calls "stocking stuffers", which are really just things she has lying around her apartment and wants to get rid of. BUT the weird part is that, frequently, these recycled gifts have already been used to some degree. So, one year my husband got three individual packets of instant oatmeal and I got an already opened container of Avon talc powder, which I never use anyway. The kids have received opened boxes of Pop Tarts, cookies, and crackers. My fav, though, was a a plastic bag of used bras and pantyhose. And they were of course the wrong size.
_________________________
Excooobeeeee! Has anybody got any bottle of orange juice? --League of Gentlemen "Orange Juice Sketch"

Top
#321626 - Sat Sep 23 2006 01:34 PM Re: Weirdest gift you have given?
Bruyere Offline
Star Poster

Registered: Sat Feb 10 2001
Posts: 18805
Loc: California USA
I once gave my dad a sock with a salami in it.
I think I already mentioned the best gift ever for a dad, or any red blooded male. You take a box like a tie, then you place a flyswatter in it. Works like a charm.

We also used to give dad tins of sardines as he loves them and my mother won't buy them for him, poor guy.

The most pleasing gift I've often given to my menfolk is a flashlight. I once picked a few up for extra gifts on my way to Christmas in France for the men (I give them to women too if I know they like them but the smaller one you can stick in your purse or your keychain. My daughter loves hers). My husband berated me for such a dud gift (coming from someone who always gives a box of chocolates to anyone he can't figure out). I told him to just watch.
Sure enough they loved them. They even mentioned them long after that...'Oh thank goodness I had your flashlight.'
My little tiny nephew saw the charity boxes being made up by his grandparents in which there was a flashlight. He was about three and reclaimed, 'Grandma, I really want a frashright for Christmas too.'

Greta's experience sounds like my one grandmother, but, not to that extent.
She did give us a lovely gift for our daughter, with snippets of wallpaper samples, strings, things from around the house, postcards and explained that on the frontier in Colorado in a ranchhouse, she and her sisters had made paperdolls for hours with those.
I ended up making them with my own daughter and she loved it.
_________________________
I was born under a wandering star.

Top
#321627 - Sat Sep 23 2006 04:54 PM Re: Weirdest gift you have given?
TabbyTom Offline
Moderator

Registered: Wed Oct 17 2001
Posts: 8450
Loc: Hastings Sussex England UK    
Quote:

I once gave my dad a sock with a salami in it.



I've sometimes had salami that tasted as if it had socks in it.
_________________________
Dilige et quod vis fac

Top
#321628 - Wed Sep 27 2006 01:32 AM Re: Weirdest gift you have given?
Copago Offline
Moderator

Registered: Tue May 15 2001
Posts: 14384
Loc: Australia
Gosh Sue - perhaps you should start a "meanest gift" thread? Huh? HUH?

Top

Moderator:  ren33, sue943