We asked students about their â€œworst Christmas present everâ€ today for Campus Speak, and staff here at The Collegian wanted to get in on the action. I donâ€™t think anyone could top a Christmas where your wife leaves you for her girlfriend and gets you arrested on a false threat of arson, but weâ€™re just not that colorful.
Whatâ€™s the worst Christmas present youâ€™ve ever received?
Last year, I got a teapot. I donâ€™t know what to do with it. I donâ€™t make tea. I donâ€™t even know how to boil water.
My aunt thought it was appropriate to give a 13-year-old girl a velvet headband with a snowman glued on it. It had a matching neon snowman sweater that was knit.
The worst Christmas present Iâ€™ve ever received was luggage. I wasnâ€™t going anywhere.
It was one of those gift exchanges, and they didnâ€™t define the age range. I was 11 and I got a toy for a 4-year-old. It was like a Bop-It, but for toddlers. Youâ€™d pull it, and it would make noise.
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My uncle was retired from the Air Force. I hadnâ€™t seen him in 10 years, but he knew I liked sports. He bought me a Stanford hockey jersey. I hate hockey, and I hate Stanford. Itâ€™s been sitting in my closet for years.
One year, my cousin gave me an M&M dispenser, and I hate chocolate. Iâ€™m pretty sure she gave me the same thing again. I have a few of them in my closet. I hate chocolate.
Burger King had this promotional Backstreet Boys CD. My aunt got me and my brother the same CDs. I was probably 15 at the time. Iâ€™ve never listened to them.
Three things: once, I got a pencil sharpener. Someone also gave me a $5 microscope that didnâ€™t even work. And, of course, thereâ€™s the usual socks and underwear.
It was a sapphire ring with a gold band, but from a guy I had only been with for 3 months. I was 16. I still have it. I tried to give it back when I broke up with him, but he didnâ€™t want it.
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Socks and underwear. We called them socks and chonies.
The worst was probably a toolbox from my father when I was 10. For a 10-year-old girl, a toolbox isnâ€™t that exciting.
I did a White Elephant gift exchange once, where you chose a present and other people can choose to steal it from you. I chose a cute little box, but all it had inside it was a lanyard. It was just one of those plastic-y things. It was about six inches long â€” just a huge lanyard. Nobody stole it from me.
My dad once thought it would be a good idea to give the family a breadmaker, so he petitioned Santa and the big guy delivered. The big draw was making our own sourdough stock and keeping it in the fridge.
The only thing I can think of is probably, like, 10 years ago, my neighbor gave me a wallet that was a used old ladyâ€™s wallet. I was 12. At 12, I didnâ€™t have money, so I didnâ€™t use wallets. I still had a piggy bank.
Let me think about it for a bit. Iâ€™ll get back to you.
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Thatâ€™s all, folks, at least until classes come back. With any luck, weâ€™ll have daily blogs set up by sometime next semester. Until then, may you have a wonderful Christmas and receive even better gifts.