I'm, quite deliberately, writing this on Christmas Eve. I want to make that absolutely clear. It means that the lovely - and tempting - pile of Christmas presents sitting under my tree have not yet been opened.
So, without any prejudice I give you my list of top five worst Christmas Gifts. They are the things I'm hoping very much will not be hidden beneath the red wrapping paper!
In at number 5 I give you the novelty sock.
Socks seem to make all worst present lists but in my family it's 'tradition' to have a pair in your stocking (along with a chocolate orange, a Pritt Stick, a satsuma, shiny penny, a book and a walnut). I actually quite like getting socks UNLESS they are a novelty pair. To me, a pair of novelty socks will take up space in my 'sock drawer' and only be worn when desperate - under boots when all other socks are still in the wash.
At number 4 is the self-improvement gift.
It's perfectly fine to give the latest Nigella Lawson cookbook if you know the recipient loves to bake but great care has to be taken. Personally, I don't want gym membership, any 'how-to' diet book, Trinny and Susannah's 'What Not To Wear', books on 'Time Management' or car maintenance. Nothing, in fact, that might suggest I'm not entirely perfect. :)
At number 3 I give you the home-made gift.
Who can forgot Colin Firth as Mark Darcy in his reindeer jumper??? It's a warning to us all. The home-made gift should always be approached with caution. Probably something which should only be attempted if you have exceptional taste and ability or you're under ten.
In at number 2 is the charity gift.
I admit to a slight pang of guilt in placing this one in my list but the charity gift is a strange one. On the one hand, in my more sober moments, I can see that to give, in my name, a camel/goat/donkey to a family whose lives will be transformed by it is an excellent thing to do, BUT ... there's a problem. The person who's 'given' it has all the fun. They get to feel 'worthy' and everyone is impressed by their 'depth' but what about me? Basically, I don't have a present.
And, finally, my number one worst ever Christmas Gift is ... sexy underwear.
This is the gift men seem to think women want when actually we don't. Not at all. We look for comfort, probably a good lycra content and 'romance' in our undergarments. In my opinion, it's even worse if it happens to be bought in the wrong size. Too large and it clearly says they think you look fat. Too small and it says pretty much the same thing with the dangerous suggestion that they might have thought it would be motivational. :)
So, that's my list. Hopefully none of the above will have been my lot this year. How about you? What was your best and worst presents? AND, did you get any category romance books?
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