While you soak up the fun (and the drool) of all the blog gift guides this holiday season, how about a few pointers for your sweetie on what not to give? These are gifts that honestly could be given with the best of intentions, but could easily (especially with a few glasses of egg nog and some estrogen) be misinterpreted. Read, enjoy, laugh, and....share it with that special someone who always has the best of intentions but just can't hit the mark. Much love to you all!
10. VACUUM CLEANER
Giver thinks: It's practical, it gets the job done, everyone needs one.... Receiver thinks: Are you saying my house is dirty? Are you saying I need to clean more? Are you saying I'm lazy? WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO SAY
9. SONICARE TOOTHBRUSH
Giver thinks: It's the king of toothbrushes! It's expensive! Everyone probably wants one, why not Receiver! Receiver thinks: Do I have bad breath? Are my teeth yellow? Do I not brush well enough for Giver? WHAT GIVES
8. SUBSCRIPTION TO FITNESS MAGAZINE
Giver thinks: It's affordable, it comes 12 times a year, people love getting motivated to be healthy, s/he'll love it! Receiver thinks: OH SO YOU THINK I'M FAT DO YOU
7. GYM MEMBERSHIP
Giver thinks: It's the luxury expense everyone wants but not many actually shell out for. S/he'll feel good about him/herself, have lots of energy, be less depressed, lose weight, get healthy, the benefits are limitless! Receiver thinks: OH SO YOU THINK I'M FAT DO YOU
6. WORKOUT VIDEO
5. SPA FACIAL
Giver thinks: S/he can take some time out to pamper him/herself, relax, get his/her skin all glowy, s/he'll love it! Receiver thinks: I know I have bad skin, but now you're practically shouting at me to get it fixed. Great.
(see Gym Membership)
3. SELF HELP BOOKS...OF ANY KIND
Giver thinks: S/he's been eyeing that book at the bookstore....and if s/he actually solves his/her problem using the book, I get partial credit! Win-win! Receiver thinks: OHMIGAWD. I know I had problems, but now everyone else knows too? FAN-FREAKIN-TASTIC
Giver thinks: She'll look sexy, feel sexy, she'll want to play, and I want to play...WIN WIN! Receiver thinks: Sure it's great and all, but...who is this really for? HMMM?
1. [ INSERT YOUR WORST HOLIDAY GIFT HERE ]
That's right, share the worst gift you ever received (you don't have to name any names...) and let's all give each other some laughs and gasps at the horror stories!
For instance, I'll share mine...one time for Christmas, my parents gave each of us just one gift since we all went to Norway for the holidays and the tickets alone cost...well, lots.
As sibling after sibling opened up awesome presents (fur snow boots, I want that!) (Nintendo DS? Cool!), it came to me to open my present.
It was a free cell phone.
I mean, literally $0, which I knew because T-Mobile was having a special on this very cheap Nokia phone where you get the phone free if you upgrade or add a line, yadda yadda yadda. I was nearly in tears but I sucked it up. Everyone else each got an awesome gift and I got a lousy free phone! (YES I am thankful for everything in life...just put yourself in mind of a dramatic teenager and let YOUR heart sink when you open that gift and YOU know it cost zero. dollars. and everyone else's didn't. Needless to say there was some sulking going on.)