Holiday gifts gone bad…real bad

Dec 23, 2010

It’s cute to get a home-made gift from a child, but what about when it comes from an adult? And while we all like to get a knit sweater, a knit toilet seat cover is probably less appropriate. What about a plush-toy “PhartEphant,” a stuffed elephant that makes certain, uh, noises when you squeeze it? Nearly everyone can recount a time they got a gift that just didn’t seem well thought-out or appropriate. Whether it was obviously recycled, or damaged, or obnoxious, holidays abound with stories of absurd, outlandish, or just plain reckless gifts. Amy Dickinson, writer of the syndicated “Ask Amy” column, gives her advice about gifting dos and don’ts.

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