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2nd Day of Christmas: Random Question

If you’re here for the Purrrfectly Giftastic Blog Hop, please see this post and then feel free to come back to this one to participate in Day 2 in my 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!

The winner of yesterday’s $25 gift card to Amazon or Barnes & Noble is: Donette! Congrats!!

Today’s random question for a chance to win a signed paperback of your choice from my backlist (and to get your name in the drawing for the Grand Prize) is:

What is the most bizarre gift you’ve ever received?

Mine was a toothpaste tube squeezer. (Seriously!) Were I an adult or a teen who had a habit of squeezing from the middle of the tube and everyone knew of this and teased me about it, it’d have been funny. But alas, I was a child in the single digits and got a toothpaste tube squeezer one year for Christmas (from a blood relative who thought it was a great gift, no less–and no not one of my siblings).

If this is your first time to participate in the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway, here are the quick rules:

Each day from December 14th to the 24th, I’ll ask a question on my blog. All you have to do is answer it. No right or wrong answers, just an answer. Each commenter will be entered into a drawing for a daily prize: gift card, signed book, swag, etc. On the 25th, all names and entries from all the previous comments will be added together and a name selected to win the Grand Prize of a Kindle Fire or a Nook Tablet.

If you’d rather not comment, not to worry there are other ways to enter and more prizes to win:

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**Giveaway is opened internationally.

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55 thoughts on “2nd Day of Christmas: Random Question

    • The first Christmas my husband and I were married, he told his dad and step mom to buy me only cookbooks for Christmas, that I needed them. Needless to say, it made for a very awkward night.

  1. my aunt offered me a kind of oil lamp…a nightmarre it stank awfully so we finished by throwing it away

    ( normally i never throw away gify becaus ethey are gift but my aunth doesn’t offer gift she offer want she doesn’t want or found a sales months ago so my mother was the first to said ” this monstruosity in the trash bin! NOW!” ^^

    thank you a lot for this giveaway

  2. A set of pots and pans. I thought, yes cause I live to cook for you. Some might actually enjoy that as a gift but personally I want something that does not remind me of what I think of as a daily chore.

    • So funny, I needed a new set of pots and pans this year and I asked Bob for a set and she was like, “No, I’m not a fool. If I buy you that for Christmas, I’ll be hearing about it for decades.”

    • LOL I could see my kids giving someone a giant pencil. I’m guessing it’s one of those oversized ones with the plastic protective tip that covers the point of lead. (But I’m sure you acted thrilled, nonetheless.)

  3. My mother-in-law gave me dish rags (new ones) for my 4th Anniversary! I still have them and use them… But that was an interesting thank you note to put together :o)

  4. I got a water pitcher one year. I love to drink water so I liked it I guess, but its not what you really want for Christmas lol

  5. I received a Christmas cake from my aunt that was known to bake them months in advance! It was like tryin to cut into a brick!

    • I think I just teared up from laughing. My husband and I eloped, but a few of our friends at the church thought we should have a reception a few weeks later. So we did and our closest couple friends bought us a really nice cake from an upscale bakery. At the urging of all of the old married ladies, we froze the top to eat on our first anniversary. Awful. Not only did we move at some point during that year and have to tote a layer of wedding cake with us, when we went to eat it, it was the most awful thing ever. After leaving it out for two days to thaw, we still had to use a carving knife to cut it and it tasted like cardboard. That little two inch square my husband fed me at our reception was far better!

  6. The most bizzare gift I have ever received would be a weekly pill box that was broken from my husbands cousin. I have no doubt it off the shelf of her pharmacy… I don’t think she realized it was broken but then again she might of since she knew she couldn’t sell it.

  7. One year I received a big can (from Costco) of black olives. It was from my parents and yes, I did eat them. One year they also gave me a big can of Blue Diamond Smoked Almonds. My mom like’s to do funny things like that.

    • remember the year when people were beating each other up just to ge t a cabbage patch doll? well I gave you 2 of them and never had to hurt anybody to get them…..

      • Never did Cabbage Patch kids, but I remember my parents buying those ridiculous Tickle Me Elmo dolls because everyone claimed they’d be worth something one day. I was ten the year they came out and while I had no interest in the thing, I received one anyway.

    • Bob bought me a giant can of pickles (industrial size) at the store a few months ago. I asked him why, and he said, “I know you like pickles.” “That’s true, but a smaller jar would have done.” Shrugging, he finally admits the truth, “The smaller size didn’t come in this great jar. Something I plan to use once you finish eating them.”

      I tell you that to reassure you and your mom that it’s okay to do “funny things like that”.

  8. I received a funky pink,red and yellow painted bell. It was about 4 inches tall and shaped like a lady. The bell was in the skirt. It had no rhyme or reason nothing to signify Christmas and actually it was rather ugly. I was most gracious and actually still have it packed away with our Christmas items although I do not display it.

    • I think the concept sounds good to have a lady’s upper body as the handle and use the bell as the skirt, but I can see where this could go terribly awry. Oh, and I think we all have a few of those little treasures we got to decorate with that sit remain in their boxes.

  9. A Package of underwear with the days of the week on in from my grandma. I was 7 at the time and that was the last thing I ever wanted for Christmas, still is in fact LOL.

    • TMI here, but I had a pair of those once…or twice…(not bought by my grandmother, though). I’ll awkwardly admit, I’ve been both the giver and receiver of underwear on multiple occasions.

    • Wow, what an awesome Boxing Day–the day after Christmas, named this way because people would give things to others in boxes. Congrats on your after Christmas surprise.

      Can’t say much about the toilet seat, however, as a child I’d have thought that would have been funny to give one of my parents, I’m sure. But I don’t think I’d have ever been brave enough to do so!

  10. Bizarre, huh? I don’t know that I get bizarre gifts. Wait, my dad had this strange habbit of saving kids meal toys (I can only assume he ate said kids meals) and giving them to us kids as stocking stuffers. It always tended to baffle me, but I never said anything to him. I should mention that this little “tradition” didn’t start until I was an adult and my youngest sibling was a teen. This isn’t something from my childhood.

    • I’m sorry, Marlena, but your story is hilarious. My mom (and sometimes she makes my dad do this, too, if there’s a toy she’s missing) will order kids meals for no other reason than to stockpile the toys, which they then feel the need to give to my kids. So…maybe there’s hope your dad will do the same thing when you or one of your siblings have kids.

      On another note, you have to admit, there are some neat kids meals toys out there.

  11. I started collecting snowmen for winter decorations. One year I received an entire box of everything snowman. While I appreciated the thought, I am pretty discriminatory as to what I use to decorate. This box ranged from toys to huge statues. 🙂

  12. Hi Rose!

    I don’t know if my answer is actually the most bizarre gift I’ve received or the most unwanted!

    The first Christmas we were married by husband decided that my dream gift was a broom! Not, fortunately, that he thought I was a witch, but because he thought a new broom was a great idea because it would make sweeping the floors easier!

    What would have been easier, of course, would be if HE took over the task. But was that actually the worst/bizarre gift he ever gave me? Maybe it was the vacuum I received the following year!

    Wait – I almost forgot year three! That year he bought me a hammer and a “special” pack of nails!

    Let me put it this way, for the past 39 years since he’s tried to out-do himself with “helpful” Christmas gifts! Maybe this year I’ll be lucky and he’ll actually get something I want – like a new toaster since only 2 or the 4 of our “4” toast toaster works!

    • Oh, I forgot Christmas 2004: a folding massage table. He said it would be easier on my back for when I give him a back rub. Glad to know I’mnot the only one who “enjoys” these types of gifts. In his defense, hubby did give me an initialed Thomas Kincaid fr my 40th birthday, and this year he got me a Keirig for anniversary 😉

  13. All from my husband:

    Anniversary, 1985:  I hinted that I wanted something intimate, he got me two toilet seats — one for each bathroom in our new apartment.

    9th Anniversary:  I said I didn’t want anything practical, I wanted roses.  He got me roses.  BARE ROOT roses.  Nine of them.   I had to plant them myself.

    Mother’s Day 1991:  a shovel, a garden hose, a hose mount, and a hose spray nozzle.

    Christmas 1995:  electric chainsaw.  I got even.  I got him a kitchen aid stand mixer.

    Valentines Day 1997:  turbo tax.  deluxe.  with state.  Nuff said, still a sore topic.

    Valentines 1998:  he hands me a brick.  “Happy Valentine’s Day,” he says, “there are 1799 more in the back yard.”  The next day he and my son build me a brick patio. 

      • Rangdeigh –

        I completely understand – that’s why I refuse to own even a cell phone – in fact if I could get my old black rotary dial phone back (you know the kind that still worked when the power went out) I’d be thrilled but my son who is a Manager for AT+T says he’s keeping it for life – because it will still be working!

    • At least in 1998 he and your son laid them and he didn’t just buy them.

      Other than that, wow, just wow.

      Christmas 1995 sounds like something my husband and I have done on many Christmases and anniversaries, but the other what we want.

      I’m not sure if other than the first year we were married if we’ve ever celebrated Valentine’s Day.

  14. When I was eight years old, I got a “house coat” or some type of buttoned up item that an elderly friend of my parents gave me for my birthday, which only elderly women would wear.

  15. I don’t know if I have one, but my older brother got a blizzard gift one year. My aunt and uncle game him one if those two picture folding frames with the same picture of himself in it. My aunt and uncle thought it was the most hilarious thing in the world, but we didn’t get it at all.

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