Best and worst holiday gifts Wed, December 15, 2010
OK, we're supposed to be grateful for any gift...but some duds are so out of left field - or worse - insulting that they would be better left un-given.
That said, some presents are so thoughtful, or freakin' neat, they can actually improve your opinion of the giver.
Some of the greatest gifts we've heard of:
Perfume: from a then-boyfriend, who had spotted the recipient smelling the fragrance at a beauty counter months beforehand.
Travel money: a couple hundred dollars in Euros from grandparents before the recipient moved to Europe for six months.
Night alone: instead of exchanging presents, the couple stayed at a luxe hotel for a night of romance.
And the worst:
Nightie: a size XL for a person who was definitely a small or medium (even after gaining the "Freshman 15" that fall).
Shot-glass chess board: the receiver didn't drink much and he was never a frat boy.
Giant technicolour portrait of Jesus: the receiver didnít know what to do with "Disco Jesus" because she didn't want to hang it in her apartment, but was afraid her grandmother (the giver) would ask why it wasn't on display.
Used bowl: one young married couple was given an obviously used party dish from the husband's great-uncle and his wife.