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Strangest presents

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PollyinBrum Report 17 Jan 2013 10:48

What has been your strangest present? Over the years one of my Aunts always brought me the strangest presents. It was always interesting opening them as you literally did not know what to expect. The strangest was one a few days before Christmas, Auntie and Uncle arrived with four parcels around three foot high, these caused many comments and much interest from family and friends. On Christmas morning I opened them and discovered four figures of the seven dwarfs. When I thanked Auntie, and she said she liked them so much she kept the other three for herself.

:-D :-D :-D


Janet Report 17 Jan 2013 11:01

That is a brilliant story. What a character your aunt must have been. A friend once bought me two enamel mugs, one red and one orange. I only used them once. When filled with boiling tea the metal becomes equally as hot and burnt my lips. I don't like cold tea-jl


PollyinBrum Report 17 Jan 2013 11:07

Janet my Aunt was a real character, her name was Gladys and she would introduce herself saying "Hello I am Glad". She was so funny without knowing it. I am laughing at your enamel mugs.


LaGooner Report 17 Jan 2013 11:28

My 2 eldest kids bought me a cake tin and a pastry brush for Xmas one year. I add they were only very young at the time. Was it a hint I wonder :-D


SuffolkVera Report 17 Jan 2013 11:30

My ma-in-law, who had the kindest heart in the world, always managed to produce very strange presents. A hand knitted "ornament" of a cat on a cushion was one. Once when I was about 25 and slim and reasonably fashionable she gave me a set of 3 pairs of old fashioned bloomers from a charity for the aged but I think her best effort was a present for my son when he was about 8. It was a pair of gloves. Not very exciting for an 8 year old boy but useful - except that they were ladies' gloves and both left-handed :-D


JoyBoroAngel Report 17 Jan 2013 11:37

we used to have a ornament of a ugly pig in a gardning hat
we used to pass it round the family each birthday christmas ect
i even posted it once while on holiday :-D :-D


Island Report 17 Jan 2013 11:38

Too many to list but four three foot dwarfs would take a bit of beating! :-0 :-D

Where did you put them Paula?

and - did Auntie Glad ever give you Snow White? :-D :-D


Wend Report 17 Jan 2013 12:00

Hi ho!, hi ho! :-D


JackBunion Report 17 Jan 2013 12:01

For last 3 years, my dear daughter (who I have known since her birth 1982) gives me a bottle of whisky. Her new husband has given me a nice bottle of brandy last year and this year.

I am very grateful and gush with gratitude - but she clearly does not know I have been teetotal since 1984 (when she was 2) :-(


K Report 17 Jan 2013 12:46

An aunt who was wealthy, but rather mean, once gave me a packet of tights with knees in - ie they had been worn or at least tried on!!!


LadyScozz Report 17 Jan 2013 13:09

Strangest in my family was a gift from my gran (dad's mum) to my mother......

She gave her a plot in a cemetery.



PollyinBrum Report 17 Jan 2013 13:13

What fantastic stories. @ Island They started off their life in the conservatory, then around the corner of the conservatory out of view. The dog knocked one over and chipped it's ear ( I think it was grumpy :-D) We had a word with Auntie and I said we did not want to get them broken so put them in the back of the garage. Not sure about what happened to Snow White, but I think she drifted ;-) ;-)


Mayfield Report 17 Jan 2013 13:44

Well not quite what you were asking, but we had a jug, a wedding present that always dribbled when you used it. One day having a meal with friends the darn thing splashed all over the tablecloth b……. thing I said who gave us it!

No doubt you are well ahead of me here, “they did” my wife said indicating our dinner guests. Luckily they had a sense of humour!


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Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond Report 18 Jan 2013 08:12

Not the strangest but most unwelcome - the mug my o.h.'s father bought me for my birthday last year, my 65th. It was a mug that said Happy 65th Birthday! Like i need reminding every time I have a cuppa!

It's still in it's box.



Janet Report 18 Jan 2013 08:23

.........Strange John that your family don't know that you are a teetotaller. Obviously a communication problem. I think we sense the drift from your posts. -jl

...of course should you wish to pass on all unwanted bottles of spirit..........


Wend Report 18 Jan 2013 08:30

I agree Janet - my 3 children (29, 32 and 35) have all known for years that I'm teetotal ;-)


sheila7 Report 18 Jan 2013 09:50

A big plastic mixing bowl off an aunt of my o/h for a wedding present,but she was know for always taking left overs home,so after the reception she asked could she borrow the bowl, never to be seen againl :-D thank goodness


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 18 Jan 2013 09:59

Looking at it from the ‘giver’s’ perspective, possibly the strangest thing I gave was a pair of bed socks to father in law who had complained about cold feet at night.

Bought new from someone who had knitted them for charity, they were multicoloured presumably made from wool oddments. Although accepted with good grace, other people present were heard laughing their socks off (pun intended!) later. That hurt especially as it was during one of our hard-up periods.


Island Report 18 Jan 2013 10:13

They were just jealous Det. Sounds like a lovely gift.


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 18 Jan 2013 10:14

LOL - possibly! :-D