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My grandparents…leaving Wyoming, apparently.
My grandpa was an avid hunter and outdoorsmen. Wanting to share his love of hunting he got my grandma a shotgun for their first anniversary. Thankfully, my grandma thought this was a fabulous gift and loved it. Some gifts totally hit the mark (a shotgun anniversary gift) and some totally miss the mark (like my friend who received wrinkle cream from her in-laws. And not the cheap, drugstore kind, but expensive quality wrinkle cream).
A few months ago on my Facebook page, I asked about the worst gifts you had received. I got some wonderful responses…and then came up with a few of my own. Here is my list of The Worst Gifts Ever 2016 Edition. Here are a few from my blog readers and a few of my own.
I love tacos! But I’m not sure I’d want the Grow Your Own Tacos Garden. And I certainly know I don’t want to put radishes on said tacos.
One reader received a marijuana-scented candle. “I don’t smoke, it made no sense,” she said. Amazingly when I searched Amazon there is a plethora of marijuana-scented candles. You know, for your family member who has everything.
And while my grandma was thrilled with the shotgun she received for her first anniversary Tammy wasn’t so thrilled with the hair cutting kit she received from her husband during their first year of marriage…even after her husband pointed out how much money they would save if she cut his hair!
Jennifer received onion, garlic and leek scented “Dave” shampoo and conditioner. They were living overseas in Asia at the time and apparently Dave is a knock-off brand for Dove. And apparently onions and garlic make your hair lustrous.
I personally applaud Playmobil for accurately depicting my Summer Fun! Not only do I do “regular laundry” during the summer, but also Summer Fun laundry which includes: towels, swimsuits, blankets for picnics and more. The only thing I’m disappointed about is I don’t have the awesome uniform or cart. It’s hard to know which is worse…giving this to a kid (since this just reinforces their idea of mom’s summer fun) or an actual mom.
One reader received a 5-pound block of turtle meat. They couldn’t bring them self to eat it. A better idea might be this Snapping Turtle Jerky from the Newport Jerky Company. No need to spend hours searching Pinterest for turtle meat recipes.
Now, I have eight sons and a husband…I guess that makes eight “dudes” in my life. Personally, I prefer not to think about their bathroom habits. Any of them. As a woman, I like to keep some mystery and intrigue in my personal habits and prefer my husband do the same. If he needs Dude Wipes, I don’t want to know about it. And besides, we have a septic system so these would be the worst thing ever. Talk about the gift that keeps on giving.
And of course, who could forget that Enoch gave Tucker hemorrhoid cream for his 11th birthday?
Dogs can’t talk, but their DNA can!
This wisdom panel will screen your dog’s DNA so you can understand them better, find the right balance of nutrition and exercise and “may help you understand your dog’s unique appearance, behaviors, and wellness needs.” This gift has the huge potential to backfire…what if the gift receiver suddenly finds Fifi Sweetie-Darling isn’t actually purebred? Best not to go there…
And for quick reference here is a short list of items that were not requested from aunts and mothers-in-law:
- a scale
- a book entitled For the Disorganized Woman
- cookie cutters…with cookie dough still in them
- lingerie from the resale shop
A snowman beverage dispenser. With a very awkward spout placement. I think this one wins.
So there you have it. Whether your Christmas shopping is done or you haven’t started yet I hope this list of the Worst Gifts Ever helps you maintain healthy relationships this holiday season.
What is the worst gift you have ever received? Or better yet, the worst gift you’ve ever given?