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What is your best holiday gift you ever received?

What is the worst holiday gift you ever received?

I'm not going to share mine now because my mind is all jumbled up from looking at possible Christmas presents and being exhausted for ideas.  I'm just not sure what to buy at all.

I never was really good at gift giving.

I often gave out Christmas ornaments I made myself or really unique Christmas ornaments I bought at a store, and gift cards which are like money.  

If you please, could you share your best/worst with me.  It doesn't have to mean it's really worst because I'm sure it's the thought that counted...I'm just honestly not very good at gift giving so I tend to think "oh that's probably awful"...though I'm really not sure.  Though if it was really just the worst, you can say so too.

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I think the best gift I've ever received was a scarf and matching gloves my friend crocheted for me one year.  It's almost cold enough that I can start wearing them again and I'm definitely looking forward to that.

The worst is hands down a confetti cannon someone once gave me.  I understand where they were coming from, but I'm really concerned about littering, specifically plastic, so I have no idea what to do with the thing.  It shoots plastic trash everywhere, it's literally designed to do that.  I can't just throw it away because it has a pressurized gas canister inside of it.  It can't be used inside a building smaller than a hangar.  For years now it's been glaring down at me on the shelf and I have no idea what to do with it.

I'm terrible at gift giving personally.  I usually give people candles or incense, little things that won't end up being clutter in the future.  I worked in clay for a few years and always had trinkets and ornaments to give out, but that felt cheap after a while.  Wish lists are a lifesaver for me.

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My best and worst gifts were both intangible, and I received them both within a very short time span of December 24 to December 25

One of my children spent most of her first five years of life living in and out of a children's hospital. She had an NG (feeding tube through her nose) as an infant/toddler for a while and then they decided to give her a mic-key g button (feeding tube through her tummy, it looks like the thing you use to blow up inflatables, a lil plug) when she was 20 months old. She had the surgery, but didn't do very well. She got very sick right after, and eight hours later I had to sign the first DNR (do not resuscitate order) I've ever signed for her, because she wasn't expected to make it, and prolonging her life should she go backwards again would be very cruel (it would have, please don't judge).  About two hours after I signed the order, she plummeted, and my worst fears were realized, that if she stopped breathing during this episode, she would be gone.  An hour later, she gasped very loudly, stopped breathing for about twenty seconds, gasped loudly again, and sat up......literally....sat right the hell up. She scared the crap out of everyone in the room and within two hours of that, she was up and walking, mostly fine(sore) and by the next day able to get full feeds.

She was home the day before New Years Eve.

I am happy to report that, despite many setbacks a year or so later, she had her mic-key removed a month before she started first grade and is now a very happy, healthy, amazing, not-a-little.

 

If you wanted something a bit more tangible....

My favorite gift ever is something hubby bought me a few years ago to replace my most favorite toy growing up, which I held on to until well into my adulthood, that someone else destroyed out of pure malice. It's as close to impossible to find today as it can get, since they stopped making them decades ago, but he found one. It is as loved today as mine was my entire life, and I will treasure it always. 

I've never received a bad gift, or anything I have perceived as bad anyway. For me, a gift is a gift for a reason, and I place a lot of value in that. I've gotten things people THOUGHT or said were bad gifts..but they've never been such to me :) 

 

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13 hours ago, Tari Landar said:

My best and worst gifts were both intangible, and I received them both within a very short time span of December 24 to December 25

One of my children spent most of her first five years of life living in and out of a children's hospital. She had an NG (feeding tube through her nose) as an infant/toddler for a while and then they decided to give her a mic-key g button (feeding tube through her tummy, it looks like the thing you use to blow up inflatables, a lil plug) when she was 20 months old. She had the surgery, but didn't do very well. She got very sick right after, and eight hours later I had to sign the first DNR (do not resuscitate order) I've ever signed for her, because she wasn't expected to make it, and prolonging her life should she go backwards again would be very cruel (it would have, please don't judge).  About two hours after I signed the order, she plummeted, and my worst fears were realized, that if she stopped breathing during this episode, she would be gone.  An hour later, she gasped very loudly, stopped breathing for about twenty seconds, gasped loudly again, and sat up......literally....sat right the hell up. She scared the crap out of everyone in the room and within two hours of that, she was up and walking, mostly fine(sore) and by the next day able to get full feeds.

She was home the day before New Years Eve.

I am happy to report that, despite many setbacks a year or so later, she had her mic-key removed a month before she started first grade and is now a very happy, healthy, amazing, not-a-little.

 

If you wanted something a bit more tangible....

My favorite gift ever is something hubby bought me a few years ago to replace my most favorite toy growing up, which I held on to until well into my adulthood, that someone else destroyed out of pure malice. It's as close to impossible to find today as it can get, since they stopped making them decades ago, but he found one. It is as loved today as mine was my entire life, and I will treasure it always. 

I've never received a bad gift, or anything I have perceived as bad anyway. For me, a gift is a gift for a reason, and I place a lot of value in that. I've gotten things people THOUGHT or said were bad gifts..but they've never been such to me :) 

 

Thank you for sharing about your daughter, Tari.  

There aren't words to describe how touching and wonderful this is.  

 

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