Doubtblush: Wreck the Halls - Victorian Porcelain Doll

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.

Once upon a time, Layla was a kid. She had one of those aunties who wasn't really an aunt, but a slightly over-bearing family friend who insisted on coming around during the holidays. She would bring a tin of Date Pinwheel Cookies and a few gifts for Layla and her brother. Unfortunately, Layla's gift was always a frilly, slightly mispainted porcelain doll.These days, porcelain dolls haven't done much evolving. Case in point: this 16 inch Victorian Porcelain Doll ($30).

Things that will always be true about porcelain dolls: they will always stand crookedly on their stands, they will always wear ridiculously elaborate outfits in ugly colors, they will always be for looking at and not playing with, and they will always be a disappointing gift to a young girl. Be a good gift giver and give your girl recipient something that won't scare the bejeebus out of her at night (those things STARE. Seriously...). Bonus if it's actually a gift she can play with!

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