Christmas Landfill

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    Dec 07, 2009 8:07 AM GMT
    What's the worst gift you ever got? & the best?

    Someone gave me a pillow with an Owl painted on it, and last year I got homemade bath salts that gave me a rash. Even a lot of gifts that aren't terrible often confuse me ( that purple hoodie ?? that Riverdance CD ??)
    My favorite gifts are cash and gift cards ( you can trade them - "I'll give you $20 of Williams-Sonoma, plus a fiver for $25 of Barnes & Noble" ) If I get enough cash and the right gift cards I can get something I really like.
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    Dec 07, 2009 8:19 AM GMT
    No, there's absolutely nothing wrong with your body.... In fact, I think that's as close to perfect as it gets... But if you want I can check in person...

    Wait, what was the question? Your new pic distracted me.
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    Dec 07, 2009 8:23 AM GMT
    Pretty much all my previous jobs that gave out crappy dollar-store type gifts instead of bonuses.
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    Dec 07, 2009 8:46 AM GMT
    ThePenIsMyTier saidNo, there's absolutely nothing wrong with your body.... In fact, I think that's as close to perfect as it gets... But if you want I can check in person...

    Wait, what was the question? Your new pic distracted me.


    icon_smile.gif OMG Pen thanks - but the idea of asking that in the RJ forums (even as a joke) is enough to send me off to the new BURN UNIT ....... ( You're getting cash for Christmas)
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    Dec 07, 2009 10:01 AM GMT
    jawrhed said
    ThePenIsMyTier saidNo, there's absolutely nothing wrong with your body.... In fact, I think that's as close to perfect as it gets... But if you want I can check in person...

    Wait, what was the question? Your new pic distracted me.


    icon_smile.gif OMG Pen thanks - but the idea of asking that in the RJ forums (even as a joke) is enough to send me off to the new BURN UNIT ....... ( You're getting cash for Christmas)


    What? You don´t think it´s a good idea to post a picture of yourself and then ask for comments? icon_rolleyes.gif

    And what´s wrong with owls? Owl hater.

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    Dec 07, 2009 1:39 PM GMT
    I normally get what I ask for, and I've not asked for anythings this year, so other than $200 I get in gift cards from me Nan, I may well not get anything, and the thought doesn't bother me the least, so long as there is Courvoisier in the bar it will all be icon_cool.gif.
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    Dec 07, 2009 2:50 PM GMT
    My mom bought my sister, nieces, nephew, and I pajama sets a couple years back.

    Mine? Playboy Bunnies, and an XL sized shirt. Apparently she had me mistaken for a straight son who enjoys having his shirts hanging from around his shoulders.

    I never wore either of them outside of a family picture she made us take.
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    Dec 07, 2009 3:06 PM GMT
    For me, the Christmas gifts that I get a big kick out of are the things I want but would never buy myself. One year in college, my sister bought me all these characters from Pee Wee Herman's Playhouse. It was awesome! Another year, someone bought me a novelty lamp that looked like a lava lamp but actually had reflective beads in moving water and the glow on the walls made it feel like you were on the ocean. I guess I don't like adult gifts, lol!

    My bestest Christmas present when I was a child was Tobor, the remote controlled robot! My first and last Christmas present that my parents bought be that I actually asked for. If you asked for something specific for a Christmas present, chances are, my parents wouldn't buy it.

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    Dec 07, 2009 4:59 PM GMT
    Holy crap, Cherry! That's pretty cool. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 07, 2009 7:26 PM GMT
    Fruitcake. Homemade by an alcoholic neighbor. With cats. A lot of them.
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    Dec 25, 2009 10:41 PM GMT
    some of you guys are ungrateful, some people don't even receive gifts and some can't even afford Christmas, be thankful.
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    Dec 26, 2009 10:09 AM GMT
    CanadianSun saidsome of you guys are ungrateful, some people don't even receive gifts and some can't even afford Christmas, be thankful.


    Well they can have mine. When I look at all the crap that people feel they need to buy for this fabricated concept of a "Holiday" all I can see is waste. That's why I called the forum "Christmas Landfill". In my opinion NOBODY can afford commercialized Christmas. Little children should receive things if they are expecting them as a childhood comprehension of Christmas. But adults engaging in reckless, childish consumerism is rampant and irresponsible.

    Sorry Bub, but I'm not thankful for a lot of crap that I don't need or want.
    You have, however, inspired me.
    Next year, everyone will be told, before Thanksgiving, that I will allow donations in my name to some charity - probably some Gay charity, & that everything else is going in the garbage.
    I'm not interested in contributing to their emotionally retarded shopping frenzy. If they want to get something for me, that I truly would like to have, they will make a donation.
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    Dec 27, 2009 5:54 PM GMT
    Christmas consumerism drives me crazy. Especially since I'm not Christian (don't even get me started on the point of spending a shit ton of money you don't have on a day that in no way relates back to Jesus).

    During the holidays, I just appreciate getting together with the people I love and enjoy being around (not always family). Don't bring me some crappy ass gift you picked up at Walmart at the last minute.

    Save your money and use it for something worthwhile. Pay off some of your debt so that your burden is lighter. Donate it to any group that is fighting for gay marriage. Don't give it to companies that exploit their workforces and may be lobbying against issues you believe in.
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    Dec 30, 2009 7:53 PM GMT
    Horsepower: I totally agree.

    My family created a new policy two years ago: no one shall buy Christmas gifts for anyone else. It has worked extremely well, so much so that I'm surprised more families don't adopt it. We've turned Christmas into a time when everyone enjoys good company and good food, without all the material crap that usually comes along with the holiday.

    I wonder what it would take to get more families to do this. It really makes Christmas much more enjoyable when you're spending the time relaxing with family, rather than fighting for a parking spot at the mall.
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    Dec 30, 2009 8:01 PM GMT
    The older I get, the less I want "stuff". That applies for Christmas and birthdays. The best present for me is just spending time with family and friends over dinner, or just hanging out.

    I have a no-gift rule with most of my friends. And it's worked out well. It makes things easier for everyone. They still send cards or make cookies. But that's cool with me. I like cookies. icon_lol.gif
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    Dec 30, 2009 8:03 PM GMT
    After a certain age a giftcard to your favorites stores is the best gift.
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    Dec 30, 2009 10:54 PM GMT
    Ha. Anything ever given to my by my Mom.

    This year, she got me some sort of whistle-activated keychain finder. Damned thing started beeping the minute I opened the package. When I took out the trash this morning, I could still hear it beeping, down in the roll cart somewhere.
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    Dec 30, 2009 11:10 PM GMT
    Best gifts: cookies, baked by my sister and sister in law, honey from my Auntie's beehives (yes, she's a beekeeper), photographs my other sister took herself, and the "Wash your Sins Away" cleanliness set given to my by my brother. Anything they make by hand I adore, even my niece's home-made construction paper cards or pages from coloring books from when they were little.

    There is no worst, although I wish someone would donate to the Diane Fossey fund, which is really the only thing I ask for every year. But in the end, any gift is an expression of affection that I could never bear to dislike, no matter how bizarre or hokey anything may have been. I am always grateful that someone actually thought of me in any way.
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    Dec 30, 2009 11:18 PM GMT
    Fun gift idea. A gaggle of closest friends hits the dollar store, each with $15 in hand. Go back home and wrap 15 gifts in newspaper. Do a round-robin random gift pick with steal/exchange powers, and everyone gets a spatula. Who doesn't need a dollar store spatula?

    I scored a Wow! Sham! (not a real Shamwow), Italian spices, tap lights, and Queen Anne chocolates. Nobody goes home disappointed, and "leftovers" are donated to the host.
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    Dec 31, 2009 8:40 AM GMT
    I didn't receive any presents.
    So, I wasn't disappointed.
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    Dec 31, 2009 8:48 AM GMT
    $20 to Williams Sonoma? What can you buy there for $20?

    Anyways worst gift I ever got was this vibrating lady bug back massager from a secret santa at work.

    Im openly vocal till this day about how much I hated it so i'm sure the person knows.. I'd like to ask them if the recipiant was a heterosexual male would they have been so quick to buy them a lady bug whatever... Likely not.. icon_evil.gif
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    Dec 31, 2009 1:42 PM GMT
    Horsepower said

    During the holidays, I just appreciate getting together with the people I love and enjoy being around (not always family). Don't bring me some crappy ass gift you picked up at Walmart at the last minute.


    Oh, I like this! Nothing beats spending quality time with the family and friends.

    I agree with CanadianSun, I'm thankful for the mere opportunity to have/enjoy Christmas. Albeit nobody likes receiving things they don't want... but still, be grateful you're not living in poverty, right?

    BTW Happy New Years everyone =)
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    Dec 31, 2009 1:48 PM GMT
    The best gift I received was a painting of my college football stadium with a fan wearing a jersey with my last name on it. It came from my friend's new son in law. He told me that he got it at a mall in Nashville. I know that it does not sound like much, but the thought he put behind it was awesome!
    My worst gift was from a friend who gave me a Bob Dylan Christmas CD! I am not a big Dylan fan!!
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    Dec 31, 2009 2:13 PM GMT
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    Horsepower said

    During the holidays, I just appreciate getting together with the people I love and enjoy being around (not always family). Don't bring me some crappy ass gift you picked up at Walmart at the last minute.


    Oh, I like this! Nothing beats spending quality time with the family and friends.

    I agree with CanadianSun, I'm thankful for the mere opportunity to have/enjoy Christmas. Albeit nobody likes receiving things they don't want... but still, be grateful you're not living in poverty, right?

    BTW Happy New Years everyone =)


    Our rampant consumerism is possible only through the poverty of others.If you don't believe that you're in denial.

    I started this thread as a way to share some funny or interesting stories about gifts. My original idea had nothing to do with consumerism or any other heavy issues. CanadianSun somehow related the idea of receiving a bad gift with ingratitude.
    The original topic was for shits and giggles. Nobody said anything about lack of gratitude. Would you like to point out that we should be grateful for having arms and legs? Vision? Anything? We should be grateful. Fucking brilliant. Thanks for your sharing your wisdom with the rest of us clueless neophytes.


    So, be grateful we're not living in poverty? You want to talk about poverty? A significant portion of the worlds' work force is indeed living in poverty in order to support our way life and our childish wasteful consumerism. Have a Happy New Year
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    Dec 31, 2009 2:26 PM GMT
    xrichx saidPretty much all my previous jobs that gave out crappy dollar-store type gifts instead of bonuses.


    My company (a Fortune 500 company, no less) gave all of us corporate associates a cheap ass brass wreath ornament with the company name and year on it (so we never forget how thoughtful they were this year) and a $10 gift card to shop in our own stores! Yippee! I would rather they take the $10 and give it to the local food bank so someone actually gets something out of it.