The ones that were clearly picked up at the last minute at a truck stop or airport. The ones that obviously were desired by the giver instead of the receiver. The ones that the saleman must have talked them in to. Then there are the ones that just made you wonder: has this person ever actually met me?
Not necessarily bad… but, well, let’s be honest – often bad. We’ve all received them, and we’ve all given them. Sometimes it’s on purpose, sometimes not. Maybe it’s one of the famous strange gifts, like the Yodeling Pickle, or the book Knitting With Dog Hair. But often it has that personal touch of bizarre, inexplicable. On a weird level, I suppose they’re more effective than “better” gifts, because they tend to stick with us, even if it’s because we’re just trying to figure what were they thinking?
Since it’s the season of gift-giving for so much of the world, and we’re drawing ever closer to the perilous mini-season of Last-Minutes, and of “Oh Crap, I Need A Gift for _______!”, your Weekly Question Of The Week question for the week of December 11 is: What is the strangest gift you’ve ever given or received?