Five Really Stupid Gift Ideas

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In case you needed another look at this season’s round-up of stupid gift ideas, here they are again:

  1. Afterlife Telegramshttp://www.afterlifetelegrams.com/
  2. The Something Storehttp://www.somethingstore.com/
  3. You’ve Been Left Behindhttp://www.youvebeenleftbehind.com/
  4. Prairie Tumbleweed Farmhttp://prairietumbleweedfarm.com/
  5. Lucky Break Wishbone Companyhttp://www.luckybreakwishbone.com/ourproducts_carded.php

Of course, these aren’t the only places you’ll find stupid gifts: I’m sure you can come up with plenty on your own. And if you can’t, not to worry: the web is full of places that can help. For example, check out (what else?) stupid.com. Here you can go to the stupid holiday gift inventory and browse a vertitable cornucopia of corny, from “Pooping Reindeer Candy” ($4.99) to the “Jesus Saves Bank” ($15.99) to “Holiday Smencils” (pencils that smell like Christmas: $8.99)

Even some gifts that are ostensibly serious leave me scratching my head when I see them advertised during the holidays. For example, a cell phone. Why on earth would you give someone a gift that’s going to cost them money every month for the rest of their life? Or what about electric razors: have you ever met anyone of either sex who thinks an electric shaves as close as a blade? Despite costing three times what they used to, they still end up under the sink for a good reason: they suck.

What about gift cards? While these can theoretically make a handy gift for teens or others who want to pick their own stuff, when carried to extremes these can make the stupidest of all possible gifts. And I can use my own family as an unfortunate example. Over the years our Christmas gathering has gradually devolved into nothing more than exchanging gift cards from places like Target or Home Depot. Which means we’re essentially getting together to hand each other $100: a straight revenue swap. How memorable!

I guess as long as there are people desperate for a unique ideas there will be a market for stupid gifts. But I think the holidays would be a lot better if people tried using a little more imagination and a little less money. For example, I’d rather have a hand-made towel rack, a poem or a framed picture of my family than a gift card. Would it still end up in the closet or a drawer? Probably. But at least I’d know the giver thought of me for longer than the time it took to whip out a credit card to buy a Home Depot gift card.

What’s the stupidest gift you ever got?

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  • JoAnne

    The dumbest gift I ever got was a regifted set of glasses from my sister-in-law which she received as a wedding gift. Aparently she thought I would forget the stink she made about how they were not the one’s she listed in her gift registry and so she had no use for them. Ahh but she did, she just gave them to me as a gift… for Christmas… in the same decorative box. A wonder she didn’t use the same wrapping paper. Then she gloated about how big and expensive of a gift she gave. How lame. Nice thought, not.