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2010 Holiday Gift Guide: What Not to Get

December 4, 2010

It is important to me to keep this blog positive, but, y’all… sometimes there are things that I run across that are pretty funny, somewhat ridiculous, and definitely laughable that I have to share with you. Perhaps you may think these gifts are great, but to me, they are like getting coal in your stocking.

Seriously, what the heck? Why has the Chia Pet not joined his friends with the Furby’s and Skip-bo’s in Old Fad Land? Now, there’s officially an Obama (or Lincoln, or Washington) Chia Pet.

Ok, maybe you are a parent, and this seems like an amazing idea to you. Perhaps it is very effective for you and your children, and that is great. But, geez, guys, this is creepy to me. Elf on the Shelf is a plush toy elf who sits on your child’s cabinet and watches you. Then he goes back to Santa to tell him if you’ve been naughty or nice. If you’ve watched the cartoon commercial (as I did in horror while running on the treadmill!), you’ll probably agree that the elf who comes to life makes monsters in the closet seem tame. Eek.

JD and I saw this while picking up envelopes in Office Depot recently: Memorex 15 Carabiner Photo Viewer. Let me get this straight: use this carabiner to remind you of your dog, your grandma, and your other vacation while you’re camping and pitching your tent? It hold 50 photos in the small space of 1.5 inches. Gotcha. Or not.

You all know how much I love doughnuts. Oh do I. But, I don’t really need my own to-go case for it, do it? Can’t I just eat it right then? Check out the features: a grip, a ventilation system, a security lock hole… nice. (Thanks, Unclutterer.) Which reminds me, if you haven’t seen this Mitch Hedberg (R.I.P.) clip about doughnut receipts, please take a minute to listen.

Ok guys… I can’t be mean anymore. Just maybe stay away from these items?

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