It goes without saying that Christmas shouldn’t be all about the presents, but when the presents include mosquito nets and real skulls, they can be hard to ignore.
I’m sure we’ve all opened up a gift with a long-forgotten meaning or seemingly unnecessary purpose at some point in our lives, and at such times it’s critical to remember that it’s the thought that counts.
Katherine, for example, remembered this phrase on Christmas when she was 24 and spotted a large round object under the Christmas tree.
As many of us are prone to, Katherine began to guess what her gift might be, its shape leading her to believe that someone had bought her a mini trampoline.
The reality was, unfortunately, much less exciting and useful for Katherine as she tore off the wrapper to reveal a plastic net attached to a circular white plastic hoop. Obviously it was not a trampoline and was in fact a mosquito net.
The unusual gift had been given to Katherine by her uncle, despite the fact that she had no plans to travel and could not foresee the use of a mosquito net in the future. It turns out, however, that the uncle intended the 24-year-old to attach the net to the ceiling of her bedroom to “do [her] reads like a princess bed.
Katherine said UNILAD it “would have taken a lot of imagination to approach a princess bed”, and while the makeshift canopy would have convinced a younger version of herself, it wasn’t good enough to fool the version. adult.
She explained, âSadly, I never used it for either of its intended purposes. It went to the nearest charity store, hopefully exactly what someone was looking for.
While Katherine’s gift was at least meant to be somewhat whimsical and fun, Twitter users Jane and Brian were both forced to remember that it’s the thought that counts when faced with gifts from Christmas downright morbid from their family members.
Jane’s gift came on Christmas when she turned 15; an age when you feel invincible, with all of life ahead of you. Jane, however, received a stark reminder of her mortality when opening a “Do Your Own Will” kit.
She recalled how her grandmother seemed “quite proud” of the gift as she put it back in an envelope, smiling as she said “it’s just a little something”.
Understandably, Jane assumed that her grandmother gave her money, so when she opened the envelope and read the title of her gift, it was no surprise that she and the other members of her family. burst out laughing.
âGrandma tried to tell me that she thought I would like it and that it would be useful,â recalls Jane.
She continued, âI wasn’t sick and I certainly didn’t have anything worth leaving for anyone. I tried to be grateful for the gift, but it was really weird.
Considering that she had very little to pass on at the age of 15, Jane eventually donated the kit to a church, where she believes an older man bought it.
Recalling the strange gift, Jane said, âI don’t know where my grandmother got it from or if she was reframing a gift she had already received. It was still funny and something my brothers and I brought up sometimes.
In keeping with a theme apparently unknown to everyone except the families of Jane and Brian, Brian received a Christmas with a real human skull.
The owner of this skull probably could have used a “Do Your Own Will” kit to make sure his head didn’t end up under someone else’s Christmas tree, but unfortunately he couldn’t. to avoid becoming a present when Brian’s mom got tired of it. always correctly guessing his Christmas presents.
Talk to UNILADBrian explained that his mother fell on her head at a garage sale, where she bought it from a dentist. Needless to say, Brian didn’t correctly guess that his Christmas present was a human skull, and his jaw “almost hit the ground” when he opened it.
Still, Brian found great joy in the present and displays it in his library to this day. The same cannot be said of the real boar’s head given to recipient Kellen a few years ago, however.
Kellen’s brother managed to find the plush head during a real estate sale – which begs the question: why do so many people have heads for sale at a low price?
Whatever the answer, Kellen’s brother was obviously happy with the find and wrapped it up for Kellen to open on Christmas Day, the odd shape leaving him “confused at first.”
After realizing that he had been given an animal head for Christmas, Kellen said he “honestly couldn’t stop laughing.” Unlike Brian, however, Kellen “didn’t end up holding” her head very long and eventually gifted it “to a professor who was more interested in mounting it on his wall.”
I’m sure dozens of people have opened equally weird and unusual Christmas presents this year, but no matter how weird they can be, you shouldn’t forget that they usually come from a place of love. .
Speaking from experience, however, Brian gave some advice to anyone who might question their gifts this year, saying, “Don’t trust any gift that appears to have horns!”
And, of course, never forget that it’s the thought that counts.