A hardened fruitcake. A supersize pack of tube socks. A hideous Christmas sweater. A ginormous cinnamon candle. We’ve all experienced that moment when someone you love gives you a gift that you absolutely hate. You really want to ask them, “WTF is this? Do you even know me at all,” but instead you smile and say, “This is so nice!”
The offending gift usually ends up stuffed far in the back of your closet, or worse, re-gifted to some other unsuspecting friend. Economists call these types of gifts “deadweight loss,” but you just call them down right ugly.
The holiday season is not all about gifts, but rather spending time with those we love. It’s about sharing time, sharing stories, and most of all sharing the love we have for each other. But let’s face it, with Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa dominating the winter, there is a good chance there will be gifts . . . and a few bad ones at that.
If you still haven’t completed your shopping list, I implore you, do not buy a “WTF is this?” gift for someone you love. And if you are done . . . kick up your heels and get ready to make room for the inevitable bad gift.
The holidays can be stressful, between traveling, planning for family dinners, spending time with in-laws, and fighting the crowds at the mall, it can easily turn you into a Scrooge. But now it’s your turn to vent, and hopefully laugh, about all the bad gifts you’ve received throughout the years.