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Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Strangest Gift

I've received a lot of gifts over the years. Since it is that time of year when everyone is caught up in gift giving, I have been thinking about a few of the gifts I've been given.

There've been great gifts, like a trip to Montreal with my sister, aunt, and grandmother. We spent a week taking in the sights, exploring all that the city had to offer and doing it all while trying to remember enough French to get by.

I've received useful gifts, like a new set of tires for my car. The old tires I had on them were nearly worn out, and my annual inspection was due in a month, and I didn't have the money for the tires. But then I didn't have to worry about it.

Sometimes, I've been given sweet, yet inappropriate gifts, like the weed my nephew brought me when he was two. He pulled it out of the ground in my back yard and came running in, giving me a "flower." Despite the fact that I started sneezing and my lungs felt ready to close up on me as soon as he opened the door, I appreciated the thought. And as soon as he left, I disposed of it outside.

I've had gifts that at first I thought were wonderful and only later did I wish I'd never accepted, like the cat my sister found for me. Nikki was a great cat--for me. And only for me. With everyone else, she did her best to arrange their timely deaths.

Along the way, there have been a few horrid gifts, like the decapitated mouse's body my cat (Nikki, mentioned above) so kindly and proudly left for me on my bed. I never did find the mouse's head.

But once, I was given a very...well...a very strange gift. It was a ceramic piece that looked sort of like a Buddha, but it had been painted so that it resembled a cross between a clown and a ballerina. And it was kind of big. Like, too big to put as the centerpiece on your dinner table, if you were to ever want to put some weird Buddha-clown-ballerina on your dinner table. It was a gift from a Secret Santa, someone I worked with, and so I thanked them...and then stuffed it at the back of a closet. I didn't remember I even had it until I was cleaning out my closets in preparation for a move several years later, at which point I threw it in a box of stuff I was sending to a friend's garage sale.

What's the strangest gift you've ever received? Have you kept it, or found some way to get rid of it? Or are you one of those people who gives strange gifts?

10 comments:

  1. Catherine, I think your Buddha clown would've given me nightmares. And no doubt, you handled that gift with more grace than I would've been able to. Lol. Their weirdest gift I remember is a pair of vintage looking Campbell's soup bowls--one with a little boy and one with a little girl. I like soup as much as the next gal, but what the ever-loving...? Wouldn't you know it, they became my favorite and I was devastated when one broke and I had to toss it. They were still really ugly though. Lol.

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    1. LOL, Andris. Those Campbell's Soup things are collector's items! I personally don't collect them, but I know someone who does. She would have been thrilled with receiving them. I wonder if maybe the Secret Santa who gave me the Buddha-clown-ballerina was a collector of Buddhas? Or maybe clowns or ballerinas? No clue.

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  2. I once got a Secret Santa gift that was so cheap and hideous, I didn't know how to respond. It was an air freshener that is supposed to look like a lamp, complete with plastic dangling 'crystals' and decals on the plastic shade. AND it came with adhesive so I could mount it to my car dashboard if I wanted. LOL. It became this huge joke between my friend and me, and we passed it back and forth several times. We would trick each other by putting it in a nice box, and once she even talked a store into wrapping it and putting one of the store decals on it. I ended up with it and found it before Christmas last year. It made the perfect white elephant gift for our family Christmas party. My sister-in-law ended up with it. She was supposed to pass it to another family member this year, but I think she still has it.

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    1. Ha! Samantha, those gifts are the ones that truly keep on giving...the ones that you can keep passing off from one person to another, waiting to see who'll end up with it permanently. I seem to recall one of those making the rounds between my dad and his siblings many years ago. I wonder whatever happened to it...

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  3. I collect Nutcrackers. They are my only collection. I particularly enjoy the historical or literary figures. One year someone gave me an addition to my collection. It was a chrome nutcracker--you know, the functional ones, that you use on walnuts and buy in the kitchen section at Target.

    hmm...

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    1. It seems someone thinks you ought to actually USE your nutcracker, Deb. LOL.

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  4. Cat ~ LOL. When you said "the weed" your nephew gave you... Well, I thought you were saying something else. I was shocked *shocked* you would say such a thing for all the world to read. ;)

    My ex-husband usually gave strange gifts, the sort you can only find in the markdown bins Christmas Eve, after all the good stuff has been picked over. "Uh, thanks for the glasses cleaner." (I don't wear glasses, btw.)

    Once a friend of his gave us a huge glass egg that was amber in color. I still have no idea what what one is supposed to do with that thing.

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    1. LOL, Ava!!! If my nephew was bringing me in some of that sort of weed, it wouldn't have been from my back yard, it would have been from...erm...well, I suppose I shouldn't say. ???

      My mother actually used to collect glass and ceramic eggs. They are just randomly all over the place. So odd.

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  5. Last year a relative gave my husband a painting of the first Alabama vs Auburn game, which Auburn won. My husband went to undergraduate and law school at Alabama, and he is an enormous Alabama football fan. Strange gift indeed.

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    1. Was the relative an Auburn fan, maybe? Could be he was trying to get a little dig in? LOL.

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