Doubtblush: Wreck the Halls - Sunbeam Knife Set with Pinewood Block

We've all got a horror story about the time our mom gave us a box filled with tampons and a training bra in front of our entire family that one Christmas, or the time our new boyfriend gave us a membership to an S&M club, or, worse still, diet pills. In honor of the worst gifts we, the Outblush staff, have ever received, we present a special holiday edition of Doubtblush: Wreck the Halls, where we'll tell you the stories of the most awful gifts we've gotten, and find a modern counterpart to it.... You know, just in case you've got a White Elephant party coming up.

Usually Mr. Layla is an excellent gift-giver. He thoughtfully makes note of the times when I squeal over something special and spoils me with lovely things. But even the best stumble on occasion, like the year Mr. Layla gave me a block set of knives for Christmas. Though I had been coveting a nice set of Wustof Ikons (they were the first thing I put on our wedding registry!), what I got was a cheap, yes, ultra cheap set of knives from a big box chain store.

Listed as one of the worst Christmas gift ideas for women, knives, like the Sunbeam 13-Piece Knife Set with Pinewood Block ($19), should stay far away from your gift giving list this year. Let's even go so far as to say that knives in general are a gift best given for housewarmings and weddings. Under no circumstances should they be given to a loved one during the holidays!

P.S. To his credit, Mr. Layla also got me an iPod that Christmas.

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Posted on 12.06.10 at 7:46 PM

...unless you just moved into your first place and have no knives because you lived with your boyfriend straight out of high school and all the kitchen crap was his. Then, knives top your list.

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