Posts Tagged ‘gifts’

It’s getting nearer and nearer to the big day. There’s less than 9 days of gift buying out there and, if like me, you’ve got a lot left to get, here’s some good ideas for gifts and some outright howlers.

Just for laughs and in keeping with the good idea / bad idea mentality:

Good idea: a subscription to an interest-appropriate magazine. Motoring, music, gaming etc.

Bad idea: a subscription to an interest-appropriate magazine: Pornography, fetishism, plumbing.

Good idea: Jewelery. Tasteful, diamonds, gold silver.

Bad idea: Jewelery. Fake, green mark leaving, scratch – inducing, won-from-a-cracker.

Good idea: Underwear. Tasteful, flattering, silky and sensual.

Bad idea: Underwear. Tasteless, crotcheless, body slimming – ‘I think you’ll never lose weight please try hiding it.’

Good idea: Hair care products. Hair straighteners, dryer, curlers etc.

Bad idea: Hair care products: Just-For-Men, ear and nostril hair trimmer – no matter how novelty this is the message is still “you’re sprouting a forest from your ears.”

Good idea: arranging an animal adoption in someone’s name online.

Bad idea: arranging a mail-order bride online in someone’s name.

Good idea: Memberships, a spa membership – ‘pamper yourself’ type treatments.

Bad idea: Memberships, a gym membership – ‘lose weight and shape up’ treatments.

I’m still a firm believer that the Guinness Book of Records is one of the worst gifts to both give and receive. It’s a real ‘I don’t know you at all / couldn’t be bothered to go further into the shop’ gift.

So what is the worst gift idea? Is it the bunch of socks, the “no-Dad Jumper” or the Chesney Hawkes greatest hits CD? Did you ever get worse?


It’s that time of year again, when I start trying to get hints from beloved and relatives for Christmas gifts and they start outright asking me what I’d like (I admit it, I’m a real pain to buy for).

This year it’s simple. One of my gifts-for-self this year was an XBox 360. Yes, I know: I waited long enough. It’s certainly true that it has kept me from logging in a full 8 hours sleep at night and that I don’t think I got any sleep at all during the first weekend it nestled beneath my tv.

In keeping with my addiction to gadgets and add-ons and accessories my Christmas wish list this year is going to consist primarily of Xbox Accessories like these. Pleeeease Santa, I’ve been a good boy. A pair of the X3 Wireless Headphones would keep the neighbours from banging on the wall too.

Now, given that I’m notoriously bad on picking up on hints, how do you know (without simply asking) what to get others?