Doubtblush: Wreck The Halls - It Was Nice Last Year, Too

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.

Marian the Contrarian writes: Something of a public service announcement here, folks. A gift doesn't have to be tacky, age-inappropriate, or out of line with the recipient's interests to be bad. It could just be, um . . . iterative.

If you have a few books, movies, household items, or whatever that you use as general default gifts, that's great - unless you gift someone with the same thing twice. Now is the time to start discreetly poking through your family's bookshelves and your friends' entertainment centers, and to start browsing here, at Outblush, in case your brilliant idea suddenly looks a little familiar.

(Ever accidentally done this? Or had it done to you? Drop us a line and tell us about it!)


Kristen W.

Posted on 12.15.10 at 11:00 AM

Love your site, read it every day!I need to preface this terrible gift story with a fact about myself,I have a large bust. That being said.....
My boyfriends mother once gave me a tee shirt for Christmas with two VERY large St.Bernard dogs (carefully placed on the chest) that said "Look at these Puppies!" I promptly donated it to goodwill. Happy Holidays!


Posted on 12.15.10 at 11:54 AM

I once had a client give me the exact same holiday card two years in a row, with the same thing written on the inside. (Yes, I kept the cards and yes, I compared them.)

Sarah Beth

Posted on 12.16.10 at 6:06 AM

In my family, the tradition is that we open family gifts christmas eve and "santa" presents christmas morning. Yes, my siblings and I are all over the age of 21. This is a great plan usually, except the Christmas where my mom gave my semi-alcoholic brother a dozen airplane-sized bottles of liquor and me (who has always struggled with weight) a bottle of diet pills. Needless to say, christmas morning rapidly became christmas 4pm. What a disaster.

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