Monday, May 17, 2010

Gift - FAIL



OK, in effort to make blogging a bit more interactive, and because we all love to share things about ourselves, I thought I'd show you the worst gift anyone ever gave me.

Now this was from my first "real" boy friend, back in the day. He was a bit older than me, and in my 18 year old eyes, that made him more sophisticated.

So come Christmas time when he gave me several BIG wrapped gifts, I imagined all sorts of wonderful things:

Fur coats, sexy boots, new sophisticated bedding... It HAD to be something good, right?

But come that fateful Christmas morning, as I opened the first of the two biggest boxes, to my horror was a Bradley doll lamp much like the one pictured above.

Now by this time, Bradley dolls were considered a decade too old. And I was 18, not 10!

I was mortified, I hated them, and great guy, he got me a matching pair. /sarcasm. Ugh!

Well, that boy friend didn't last, and neither did my ugly Bradley lamps.



Now confess, what was the worst "vintage" (or otherwise) gift YOU ever got?



p.s. If you love Bradley dolls, my apologies. For me, it was like my boy friend was telling me I was an out-of-step kid with poor taste!
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22 comments:

  1. The worst gift I ever got didn't start out bad--I wanted a Patti Playpal in the worst way and my parents finally relented and I was soooo happy right up until I woke up one night and saw Patti standing next to my bed (where I'd put her--this isn't the Twilight Zone) and I totally freaked out, dove under the covers and started screaming. My parents rushed in, assuming I'd had a bad dream, and after they found out the reason for my hysteria my dad turned to my mom and said, "Goddam it Marian, we spent all that f**king money on that f**king doll and now she's afraid of it? I'm going to throw the damn thing out!" He grabbed Patti by the arm and marched out of the room and that was the end of that. Needless to say, I didn't ask for any more dolls, but also needless to say, I sure wish I still had that doll because I think she'd be worth a pile of money. Oh well.

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  2. 23 years ago my boyfriend, now husband, got me a paperback book for Christmas. My family thought it was very cheap. What he also got me was an awesome little blue teddy (lingerie) that I couldn't show my family! I was only 17...awe young goofy love.

    I had a patti playpal too!! She was a little odd! :)

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  3. Ha Ha Christine, my best friend is currently selling a Peter Playpal, and has two Patti Playpals to list at a later date! I'd never heard of them until he mentioned them to me.

    My folks too me to see some Jane Fonda movie as a kid and the dolls all come to life and eat this woman. I never could look at Moms antique dolls the same again!

    Darn, Tam, I wish my BF had gotten me something that made me feel older than 10 lol....

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  4. i collected Bradley dolls and would love to have one of those lamps..I actually had one when I was 10! lol

    the worst gift? When I was 18, a boyfriend got me an iron and a coffee percolator...i don't drink coffee!

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  5. Why, what's so wrong with that lovely table lamp?

    *duck* ;D

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  6. Oops sorry pixie, I knew there'd be a Bradley lover in the crowd lol... Hope you weren't offended. =)


    Ha ha Space Commander lol... *swipe*

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  7. hahah I don't know what I would have done if my bf had given me the lamps you got when I was 18. I was a major tomboy up until I was about 22 or so and now slowly since then I finally like pink, wearing dresses, doing my nails and so on. It has been a very slow process though hahah.

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  8. On my 16th B-day, I got a camp shower from my Mom. The kind that is basically a plastic bag of water that you hang from a tree and let the sun warm up. We lived on a farm with limited water supply and only a bathtub, I guess she thought I would be glad to take a shower? My mom is a well intentioned miss-the-mark gift giver. It made me cry, in fact that was probably the worst birthday ever. I'm over it now but as a teenager, it sucked! LOL!

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  9. This was not terrible, just not what I was hoping for...my boyfriend gave me a little (ring box size)present for Christmas. It sat under the tree for a week or so and all my friends knew for sure it was an engagement ring. Not so, it was a pretty necklace and I felt so guilty for being disappointed. I don't think he knew. I did get a ring later and we are still married.

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  10. My worst gift was an 'other'.

    By college boyfriend got me a car battery for my b-day (granted I did need one). lol

    That said, he also gave me a pearl necklace, but I have never let him forget the car battery.

    Apparently not even that gift could tarnish our relationship, because that boyfriend is now my husband. lol

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  11. Don't you wish you had shaken those boxes so hard, the dolls went cross-eyed!

    I'll have to think about the bad gift and get back to you. I can't think of one right now! I guess that's a good thing.
    Anna

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  12. I've had my share of bad gifts, but Clay had the best (worst!) last year. He hadn't driven in 15 years, his parents told him they had a car they'd like to give him for his 40th birthday. So, on the appointed day we went over for dinner, and they gave him the car AND a $1400.00 promissory note for him to sign to pay for repairs they had done to it for him. Best of all, the car was a deathtrap, it had a gas leak that couldn't be fixed and gave us a headache after sitting in it for five minutes. We got rid of it the same day we got it.

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  13. literally I saw one of these dolls last week in the thrift store and thought to myself "who on earth buys/makes those things and what is particular to their subjective reality?". Please share some insight into this mindset...
    the worst gift I received was a potpourri pie, which is like a clay pie filled with potpourri. However, I must say that the true epic fail in the situation was my completely ungracious attitude, granted I was 13 which is like the most ungracious period of life but still.

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  14. Hahaha oh bad gifts... When people know you love vintage they assume you like all sorts of vintage "stuff"... some of the more...err..interesting gifts I got were a bowl of ceramic eggs (apparently which was vintage...I think??), and -get ready for this one- a ceramic mug from the US Naval Academy gift shop...both for my birthday. I don't have any ties to the navy, nor would I ever desire said gift mug, but it was one of those "smile-and-toss-it-later" kinda things...

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  15. Christmas day. Imagine the "Puffy Shirt" episode of Sienfeld...Now imagine your sister giving you a used satiny fabric puffy shirt - used, right out of her (stinky!!!) closet. It was OLD, It was UGLY, and it smelled BAD! I was 18, and had a very hard time acting grateful, but I did. I threw that shirt away ASAP! Nothing says Merry Christmas like an old smelly puffy shirt!

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  16. Wow, some great "bad" gifts here! For my last birthday (I turned 25), my auntie and uncle bought me colouring in placemats. One of the constellations, one of international flags... laminated, so you can colour it in, wipe off the texta and start again! I've since regifted it to a mate who made fun of my pressie, and he regifted it onto another friend... now it's a joke within our group of friends!

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  17. Ha ha thanks for all the replies!

    I'm glad I'm not the only one who got a gift I had a hard time being happy about lol...

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  18. I can't really think of any gift I really really didn't like. But I think your blog is cute and I became a new follower.

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  19. oh my, I use to have one of those - mine was a music box that we use to turn around and it'd play music.

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  20. I Wonder!? you had 2 ugly lamps,you lost them! or destoyed them!? BUT why do you have that "THING" above? (you missed it right ???)LOL
    Wonderfull story's

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  21. My ex-husband got me an electric pencil sharpener for a gift once. I still have it but not the husband.

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