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Old 11-10-2012, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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On the other hand, you can go out of the gift giving cycle with a bang this year and do something outrageous. Get them all caged hamsters or gerbils for Christmas. Just hand each one a little cage with the little critter in it. (Don't get a dog or cat). Maybe even a turtle, snake or Iguana. Oh, just think of how you'd have to hold in the laughter when you see the shocked and blank faces.

One year I gave my brother a package of batteries with a note which said, "Gift not included."
LOL this is hilarious! I'm thinking maybe...goldfish in a baggie?

One year my brother was being particularly awful to me (I was working in the family business and he had just graduated and started working with me - though "working" is too generous a term for his activities). He was driving me CRAZY by not coming into work on time, being gone half the day (drinking at a local bar with his buddies), etc.

So I got him an alarm clock with a feature where I could record my own voice as the alarm. I said, "GOOD MORNING, LANCE, AND CONGRATULATIONS ON BEING MY BROTHER! SORRY TO BE BREATHING YOUR AIR TODAY, BUT I HAVEN'T YET FIGURED OUT HOW TO LIVE WITHOUT ACTUALLY BEING IN THE SAME WORLD AS YOU, THOUGH I'M WORKING ON IT. RISE AND SHINE!"

The look on his face was priceless. Best $20 I ever spent!
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Old 11-10-2012, 08:31 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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I've got it, I've got it!

Go to this website and buy a set of chickens or a goat or heifer for a third world village - in her honor! That's actually what my husband and I are going to do for a gnarly relative this year. We're very creative when it comes to gifts for difficult people. Whenever someone in our family starts acting up, we look at each other and say simply, "Heifer dot org!"

Donate to Charity & Give Non Profit Gifts | Heifer International® | Heifer.org

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Old 11-10-2012, 08:33 AM
 
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I've got it, I've got it!

Go to this website and buy a set of chickens or a goat or heifer for a third world village - in her honor! That's actually what my husband and I are going to do for a gnarly relative this year. We're very creative when it comes to gifts for difficult people. Whenever someone in our family starts acting up, we look at each other and say simply, "Heifer dot org!"

Donate to Charity & Give Non Profit Gifts | Heifer International® | Heifer.org

Oh, wait, I have to join this party with my two cents worth - get a jackass in their honor.
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Old 11-10-2012, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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Oh, wait, I have to join this party with my two cents worth - get a jackass in their honor.
WHAT A FANTASTIC IDEA!

Actually I really love heifer.org because you can send a subtle message to the person you're donating in HONOR of, and actually help people who really need the help at the same time. It's very satisfying on several levels!

Why should I spend money on someone who's a jerk, buying them a damn gift set from Bed, Bath and Beyond or some scented candle, when I could actually HELP someone who will be GRATEFUL and better off? It just makes so much sense!
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Old 11-12-2012, 01:55 PM
 
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Ever since I have been with my husband (six years), I have purchased Christmas gifts for his family (adult children, mother, sister). Rarely ever is it reciprocated by them. They do give my husband gifts, and I do get a thank you (from all but one of the children). Should I just stop going to the effort? I usually do gift cards so they can get whatever they want, and I bake goodies for them. So it isn't like I am giving them crap gifts! Should I care what they will say/think if I just don't get them anything anymore?
Rebel06...if you don't want to give gifts, then absolutely don't...I just gives gifts to the little ones, that's all..grown-ups don't need a gift, (as they've shown with the lack of to you), I wouldn't waste anymore money on them personally...I think the baking is more than enough...I don't even send cards (why should I give hallmark my money), because I feel I can say all I want with a phone-call, and that's what I do...Christmas shouldn't equal commercialism, though that's what most everyone seems to believe....if you're uneasy about not sending a gift, why not send them a nice photo of you and your hubby vacationing in some exotic place for christmas.
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Old 11-12-2012, 08:19 PM
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Location: Phoenix,AZ
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You shouldn't expect people to display your gift. What you think is nice may not be to other people.

It was a dang Christmas wreath.

At Christmastime.

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Old 11-13-2012, 07:34 PM
 
Location: here
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wait, they buy gifts for your husband and not you? Rude! I wouldn't buy them anything anymore. Give your husband notice so he has time to shop for his family if he wants.
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:45 PM
 
Location: Spurs country. "Go, Spurs, Go!"
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You've given them 6 years to at least show a LITTLE appreciation. To me that would be about 4 years too long. They are rude!
My sentiments exactly. Husband should say something, they are HIS children, mother and sister. That is just not right!
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Old 11-14-2012, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Spurs country. "Go, Spurs, Go!"
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[quote=Thursday007;26891381]On the other hand, you can go out of the gift giving cycle with a bang this year and do something outrageous. Get them all caged hamsters or gerbils for Christmas. Just hand each one a little cage with the little critter in it. (Don't get a dog or cat). Maybe even a turtle, snake or Iguana. Oh, just think of how you'd have to hold in the laughter when you see the shocked and blank faces.

One year I gave my brother a package of batteries with a note which said, "Gift not included."[/quote]

OMG, this is hilarious. This is the first time I've heard this! I'm gonna file it away for future use of my own. Still LMAO!!!
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Old 12-01-2012, 10:44 PM
 
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When I was growing up in our family, gift-giving was expected and was to be of "equal value". Always ran into problems with my bf, who had a twin sister I got along with sometimes (and sometimes not). They would "go in" together and get me a $15 gift for my bd or Christmas, and I had to shell out $30 for the two of them.

Now I have two coworkers who each very thoughtfully got a gift for my son at Christmas last year. Trouble is, they have nine kids between them. I can't afford 9 gifts. I thought of family gifts, but don't know what would work as their ages are all so spread out and I still can't afford to spend a whole lot of money on two "big" gifts, like a telescope, or whatever. What to do?
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