Dec 7, 2010 9:08 AM
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.
Dana here: If you have lots of siblings and tons of cousins, you might know the joy of receiving matching gifts. In our family, all the girls around the same age got the same present, each and every year. Kinda ruined the surprise once you saw cousin Terri open hers. Maybe our family was ahead of the curve, but one Christmas everyone received Clear Backpacks ($9). It wouldn't have been so funny if anyone we went to school with still carried backpacks. We sort of sat there looking at each other, wondering how to act really, really grateful.
It's hard for me to believe, all these years later, that kids are still subjected to these things. First of all, everyone can see everything they're carrying (which, I understand is great for school security), but really, is a little privacy too much to ask? It's this simple: Friends don't let friends carry clear backpacks.
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