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Starbucks Gift Card, great for the person who hates coffee or even the smell of it so the chances of their even setting foot in the shop is nil.

So, what garbage gifts did you get?
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Last year I was involved in a gift exchange at work. This was a catholic school and the instructions were to spend up to $15. I got a cocktail towel with a picture of a nun drinking a martini. I thought it was terrible. A nice person traded me for their gift, a $12 steam iron from pick and save.
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Last year one of the guys at work sent a LED torch, the type with a button cell in where you squeeze it to light it up. The previous week another guy returned from a trade show and handed out a load of them he got for free from the stands!

I got lucky, a couple of magic books!
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On 2006-12-16 15:46, Cliffg37 wrote:
Last year I was involved in a gift exchange at work. This was a catholic school and the instructions were to spend up to $15. I got a cocktail towel with a picture of a nun drinking a martini. I thought it was terrible. A nice person traded me for their gift, a $12 steam iron from pick and save.


Did the towel by any chance have a caption that read "Another Martini For Mother Cabrini"? (Ah, that Lenny Bruce!)
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No, it was sister someone or other.
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On 2006-12-16 12:09, folksingmagic wrote:
Starbucks Gift Card, great for the person who hates coffee or even the smell of it so the chances of their even setting foot in the shop is nil.

So, what garbage gifts did you get?


I got three or four of these Starbucks gift cards last year for Christmas. I don't drink coffee at all, so I re-gifted the cards to other friends of mine who do drink that stuff. Nothing wrong in doing that, I guess....
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I have had 2 incidents:

- My Sunday School class had a DVD gift exchange. Not advertised as a white elephant. Someone brought a pre-natal workout video.

- My old boss wanted some clip art. I bought him a cd. A few days later our offie had a white elephant gift exchange. He brought the cd as his gift. I couldn't believe it. We exchanged a brief glance - his 'look' said, "I guess I shouldn't have used the cd as a W.E. gift, huh?"
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Sorry... a "pre-natal workout video"?

wow
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What the heck is this White Elephant thing?


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The term white elephant refers to an unwanted or useless gift. I don't remember the exact origins of the term, but I do know that in one country (I think it's India) White elephants were considered rare animals and had some religious signifigance. At any rate, the person who received such a gift was obligated to take care of it and could not give it away. As a result, the cost of keeping, housing, maintaining and feeding the animal could get to be quite expensive. Some people ended up going broke trying to care for it. Hence the term.

As for the boss giving away a gift he had begged for, especially at the same office, was both tasteless and tacky. At the very least he owed you both an explanation and an apology.
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The term White Elephant, in its' common use today comes from P.T. Barnum. He bought an albino elphant to use in his show thinking it would be a big draw to bring in customers. It brought in almost no one. Thereby making it useless to him. Further, when he tried to sell it as a loss, no one wanted to buy the thing.

Today's terminology that comes from good old Phinneas Taylor, is "something you have no use for that you cannot get rid of."

P.S. Barnum is also responsible for the words "raincheck" "jumbo" and the call "Ladies and Gentleman" at the beginning of a show. He also originated the "Circus parade". There are more things he originated, but those come to mind just now.
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Sorry... a "pre-natal workout video"?

wow


I'll second that wow.
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Sorry... a "pre-natal workout video"?

wow


I'll second that wow.


Fortunately, I did not end up with it.

One W.E. gift I did end up with, and was glad to end up with, was a green porcelain (sp?) frog. It had a large hole in the bottom where you would put a roll of toilet paper. The paper was 'threaded' through its mouth. When you needed toilet paper, you pulled on the paper which was hanging out of the frog's mouth. For Christmas, I wrapped it up nicely and put my wife's name on the card. When we all opened presents, I filmed her opening it. We all had a great laugh - fun memory.
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I have a white elephant gift in reserve for just the right occasion - it's a plastic, battery-powered peppermill shaped like a waiter in a white tuxedo. You twist his head to grind the pepper, at which point he yells, "You're breakin' my neck!"
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On 2006-12-18 00:26, Muckey Spleen wrote:
I have a white elephant gift in reserve for just the right occasion - it's a plastic, battery-powered peppermill shaped like a waiter in a white tuxedo. You twist his head to grind the pepper, at which point he yells, "You're breakin' my neck!"


Gotta love Spencer Gifts LOL
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A Christmas tree orgnament with a nice picture of Michael Bolton... No thanks... next!!!!!!!!
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Not only do I have that same waiter/peppermill, I also have a cow and pig salt & pepper shaker set that mooes and oinks when you shake them. I collect such things and got them for their novelty value. Smile
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I once got a can of spam from my dad for Christmas no joke that's all I got from him .and he wasn't joking. lol
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This is not a "secret Santa" gift - this year from my sister (who is a physical therapist, and by no means poor) my wife received an empty "TOOL" "10,000 Days" CD case. The CD packaging for 10,000 Days consists of a thick cardboard-bound booklet partly covered by a flap holding a pair of stereoscopic eyeglasses, which can be used to view a series of images inside. Just the case, no CD (I should send her an empty cereal box next x-mas). She gave me a scratch & sniff x-mas book for kids. Smile
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