Post # 106
My husband and I always go for practical gifts for one another, so I’d love some of the gifts mentioned here. One year he bought me a new sewing machine because he saw how frustrated my old one would make me. It’s been an amazing machine and I love being able to enjoy my hobby again. His Christmas gift this year is a 12″ compound miter saw that he has been drooling over.
As for worst gift, it was from my first boyfriend. He bought me a pair of old lady pajamas for my 19th birthday – the cheap satiny polyester two piece kind from Kmart. I ended up returning them and buying a soccer ball.
Post # 107
haha my dad bought my mom an iron board and a scale so i’m now in charge of helping dad buy gifts every christmas anniversary and birthday too.
Post # 108
My husband bought me a 4 foot long, 3-D metal lizard sculpture that has a flashbulb to illuminate it from within. It was…um…special. His reasoning was that I studied salamanders, so he thought it was perfect. That’s kinda like saying “I bought you a cat because you like fish.” It hangs in a back hallway in all it rusted metal glory.
Post # 109
I’ve been looking all over for this:
Worst Gift Givers Ever
Post # 110
SO does a great job picking out presents, thankfully.
When I was a kid, one year my dad got my mom… wait for it… an electric floor scrubber. For Valentine’s Day. (I think he slept on the couch for a week.)
I have an ex who always gave me really childish things. Like enormous stuffed animals. I still cringe at the time a 5 foot tall stuffed bunny was delivered to my office. I was in my mid 20s, it was my first corporate job, and I was already struggling with being taken seriously at work due to my age. The enormous rabbit did not help!
Post # 111
some men are really lucky to get children who are good at gifts! Seriously ironing boards?! My dad only regretted letting me pick one year when he decided to leave me to shop with his wallet with £1000 cash in it while he got a coffee. I was ten and I spent it in the time it took him to go and get coffee, my mum got some amazing presents that year!! He still tells that story to this day.
Post # 112
Such a good thread. That doghouse youtube video was hilarious -my husband came to see what I was laughing at, and tried his best to find it really funny too. I could see serious cringing over the ‘absesicisor’ /gym membership gift.
But best of all I remember the …outfit… made, apparently out of wetsuit material and consisting of a tiny tight mini skirt and and matching vest, in electric blue and black tiger print .With fringes . I am forever grateful to my SIL who called to warn me he was bringing it, so as to arrange my face properly
Yes, I wore it – once to go out in , positively skulking along in case anyone I knew saw me and thereby revoked my feminist credentials . Once more to a costume party.
Post # 113
DH is a good gift giver so I don’t have any stories there, but I had a great one about my parents! A few years ago our whole family was celebrating Christmas together and my dad had set a HUGE Christmas bag with glittery tissue paper under the tree for my mom. It was a really pretty bag gift and I could tell she was really excited to open it because usually, my dad is an AMAZING gift giver. He kept delaying her turn to open it and building suspense, so finally it was the last present under the tree. She pulls out the tissue paper, looks inside, and her face just falls. What was inside? Some loose $100 bills. She just looked at him and goes, “You’re gifting me my own money?” He explained he wasn’t totally sure what she wanted that year and thought she could pick something nice out for herself. She was not happy. 0 effort. It was pretty funny to everyone else but she was just so confused and he was confused too as to why she didn’t like getting to pick out her own gift. The next year he went way out of his way to make up for it hah!
Post # 114
For my birthday this year DH had a giant gift bag waiting on the counter for me to open up that morning while he was at work. The first thing I noticed was this giant bronze colored faux rose sticking out of it. For most special occasions he usually picks out some sort of lovely bouquet so I was confused by this. When he called during lunch as he usually does, he explained he chose to get me a golden rose for my golden birthday. It was a very sweet sentiment, but if he hadn’t explained it, I never would have understood lol. It also took me a while to figure out what to do with one random large flower, but I finally managed to work it into a fall floral arrangement I made.
Another one of the gifts he bought was a pillow. Five years ago when I was pregnant with DS I kept taking DH’s pillow because it was the only thing that helped me sleep so he ended up just letting me use it for what was supposed to be the duration of my pregnancy. He never got it back so he thought that a new pillow would be a great solution to both give me a gift and get his old one back. I used it for what became a restless night and switched them the next morning. He’s been using the new one ever since lol.