Then I got to thinking about the gifts that my children have had in the past and gifts which I wish I had given to others because to me they represent nothing but pain and torture and disappointment and suddenly I thought, what a great idea to make a list of them so we can all use them to gift to a child of someone that we might be really really hating right now.
Oh and if you do pass these gifts on, make sure you smile ever so sweetly, look the person in the eye and declare something like. I thought your Johnny would love this because I know how creative/talented/smart you are...
Non Washable Felt Tip Pens
Felt tip pens are great fun to use to draw all over yourself with, and when you have to scrub it off later in the bath or even off your leather sofa or Laura Ashley Wallpaper... well then they are even more fun.
I used glitter once. It was 1982. I've moved house six times since then, had countless baths and showers. deep cleaned the house and I'm still finding pieces of glitter in my hair.
Gift Cards for a Store Where More Money Will Be Spent
As much as I love Build a Bear, there is a downside. If you get given, for example a £10 gift card then the only thing that you can buy is a £10 Bear. Children sometimes have this unexplainable urge to also want to buy an outfit and twenty seven accessories to go with the Bear. This can mean that instead of a nice relaxing all paid for visit, a parent can suddenly end up having to spend a small fortune to complete your gift... Mwhahahahahaha.
Band In A Box
This one I really can confess to doing by complete accident. Once, when my Brother was small I purchased him some musical instruments. I think his Dad took them off him one morning when he and my Brother's Mum had a particular vicious hangover and I think that is all the explanation that is needed. PS Sorry Auntie M and Uncle K xx
Anything That Needs Refilling
Chocolate Coin Maker is the one that sprung to mind initially. All great for the first few goes, but then you run out and you have to hunt down the refill packs...
Anything That Requires Skillz
In the past we've been given those shaker things, you know where you mix up the powder and water and put it in a mould and then you have to paint it? Top Ender loves them, and I would too if I wasn't the one who had to make sure that there are no air bubbles and that it's the right consistency and it's left for the right amount of time and just gah!
Anything That Has A Sound Chip And A Hidden Battery
Top Ender used to have a really great Teddy, it was beautiful and it went with her everywhere, and I mean EVERYWHERE. The only problem was it had a little sound chip in it, and that little sound chip was, well it was annoying. REALLY annoying. Luckily the battery wore out so quickly that someone might have thought someone else had purposely shut the button that activated the sound into a door or something to run it down a lot faster. Oh, Voice Changers and walkie Talkies come under this category too.
So what are your Passive Aggressive gifts to give to those you love to hate, or those who just seem to never be able to help themselves with their little comments that sound oh so sweet, but are really jibes?!