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Your Gift Isn't Good Enough: Toiletries

It's not the gift, but the thought that counts...and your thought sucks! Outblush presents Your Gift Isn't Good Enough, a list of the most common gift-giving faux pas so you can avoid being the one Secret Santa everyone fears.

Have you ever gotten a hygiene product as a gift? It's like having a bucket of pig's blood dumped on your head - it's so embarrassing it's infuriating. And while the pig's blood situation can be easily solved with a little telekinesis, the only cure for receiving toiletries as a gift is a polite smile and courage.

Opening a festively colored box expecting your greatest fantasy and seeing pimple cream will always be a disappointment. A lot of people gift toiletries to send a polite message - "I don't want to tell you that you have body odor, so here's a stick of deodorant instead of something you actually wanted." But these "polite" messages are anything but...most of the time, either the recipient ends up insulted or misses the point completely. If your friend has bad hygiene, dandruff, yellow teeth, bad breath, pimples, or just plain stinks, don't ruin their gift with a passive-aggressive message. Give them a real gift, and then address their problem later as a true friend...by paying a bum to say something to them on the street.

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