WTF Wednesday: Christmas Presents Don’t

December 23, 2009

in a picture is worth a thousand words

If you must, get the hand wipes.

Your pending divorce. Or the future bildungsroman written by your children. Courtesy of CVS.

While you are at it, get one of those cards strategically positioned by the cash register at any liquor store to go with an item you carefully selected from this section.

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JennyMac December 23, 2009 at 7:21 am

HAHAHAHA….those DO look like perfect stocking stuffers. If only I had waited until I saw this.

Have a fabulous holiday!!!!!


Absence Alternatives December 23, 2009 at 8:06 am

Same to you! Happy holidays to you and your family!


Elly Lou December 23, 2009 at 10:53 am

Oral hygiene is crucially important regardless the time of year! Let the oral jokes begin…
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Absence Alternatives December 23, 2009 at 9:59 pm

After your “cups runneth over” post, NO pun/joke is ever going to top whatever you can accomplish with the diva cup… Marry Christmas! (I hope you get something more normal on Christmas day. LOL. At least something you can mention in “polite company”… ;-) )


TheKitchenWitch December 23, 2009 at 11:35 am

Truly a WTF moment. How would YOU like to get deodorant in your stocking? Hmph!
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Absence Alternatives December 23, 2009 at 10:02 pm

I actually stock up on the travel-size deodorant for my biz trip (carry-on NO checked bags) BUT I’d prefer not to see it in my stocking…


alejna December 23, 2009 at 12:01 pm

You know, you joke, but it was actually a tradition in my family to get those sorts of things in the stocking. Stockings were generally not for real gifts, but for little odds and ends. Yes, toothpaste. And soap. Even deodorant. (Typically one would say, “Thank you, Santa. Is this a hint?” And we would all laugh.) Cheaper office/school supplies were also common, like pencils and scotch tape. It just wasn’t Christmas without a new roll of scotch tape and a travel-sized tube of toothpaste. On the bright side, there would also typically be some chocloate. (Which typically resulted in the standard jokes on oral hygiene.)
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Absence Alternatives December 23, 2009 at 10:03 pm

My MIL is in charge of the stockings. A family tradition. It’s always candy which is a nice change from actual presents. :-)


magda December 23, 2009 at 3:59 pm

Would this be a good time to deny that my husband’s stocking and my own will be filled entirely with essential items, in the non trial size? If so, I completely deny it. Broke, tired, short on space, we are wrapping items we already own to go under tree JUST so the boys will see us opening presents. Would you consider in your next post detailing the superior contents of your stockings? You know, something I can aspire to. :)
Merry Christmas.
I would be irritated by such items if given un-consensually(sp?)
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Absence Alternatives December 23, 2009 at 10:08 pm

Candy. It’s always candy. ;-)

I actually do need all these travel-sized toiletry items (that’s why I spotted this!) But it just struck me as an “odd” suggestion by a store that is supposed to try to get you to buy all these holiday crap that you really don’t need.

Merry Christmas you and your three boys! :-)


magda December 25, 2009 at 12:44 pm

cool, just checking to see that you appreciate the novelty of necessities!! so we can continue being BFFs. i heart you. today seemed a good day to remind you of this. i love our FIL-free xmas. the most relaxing to date!!
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Unknown Mami December 23, 2009 at 8:51 pm

I’ll take some dental floss if they have it.
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Absence Alternatives December 23, 2009 at 10:08 pm

Waxed or non-waxed? ;-)


A Vapid Blonde December 23, 2009 at 10:02 pm

As you may know I am super agro on my teeth care….so yes great stocking stuffer for me, but I am totally weird that way. By the way, I can confrim that eggnog and bourbon really do go well together.
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Absence Alternatives December 23, 2009 at 10:11 pm

Ah, just the lady I need to see to get great recommendations for the best dental floss for Unknown Mami. ;-) Thanks for the tip about bourbon and eggnog. So I gathered that the tree has been trimmed? :-)


Absence Alternatives December 23, 2009 at 10:12 pm

Oh great. Now I remembered the picture you posted about the “bush,” so now I feel I shouldn’t have mentioned tree trimming to you at all…


Jen @ NathanRising December 23, 2009 at 10:31 pm

Oh wow. Nothing says “I Love you!”or “Happy Holidays” like a trial-size bottle of toothpaste! Or other hygiene itmes! That would be a total WTF moment for me…

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Absence Alternatives December 23, 2009 at 10:36 pm

Happy holidays to you too! It’s Nathan’s first Christmas!


Merrilymarylee December 23, 2009 at 10:57 pm

Oh, I’d love to have seen you taking that picture!

Years ago we adopted an idea from a friend and it became one of our favorite traditions. We buy little gifts that remind us of each other and wrap them and put them in the stockings. Since it was all anonymous we could be tacky, clever, generous, cheap…whatever we wanted. I don’t think this display rack would have had any takers.

Have a lovely holiday!
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Absence Alternatives December 24, 2009 at 5:08 pm

However, I bet you could have given them one of those special ornaments from Urban Outfitter, no? LOL. Merry Christmas!!


Shelli December 24, 2009 at 4:46 am

Wow, I feel so cheap now! As a kid, we got an orange in the foot of our stocking, plus candy, and batteries for all the electronics we received under the tree. We maybe got a small box with jewelry.

As an adult, I put essentials in the stockings for everyone. The girls got the little lip-gloss containers, the hair accessories, nail polish, the girly stuff. The boys got little matchbox cars or bouncy balls or other small toys. But EVERYONE got toothpaste, deodorant if they were old enough for it, shampoo … we raided the trial size aisle! The last item put into the stocking was that year’s special ornament for each kid to hang on the tree. The ornament was marked in some obscure way to show the year it was given and the first initial of the kid it was given to. They’ll all go into a box to be given when the child moves out on their own.
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Absence Alternatives December 24, 2009 at 5:11 pm

I hope you are not offended… I do personally value these trial size items: they are a MUST for people that fly with carry-on only. And lip gloss, hair thingy, etc. are perfect for the stockings’ for little girls. We only have candy in our stockings, so it is not like I am expecting a jewelry box a la the De Beer commercial. When I saw the sign, I immediately thought of men who do their last-minute shopping and now in a panic, they may just listen to CVS’ suggestion and get these things. That’s why it stuck me as hilarious. Here’s wishing you and your loved one a merry Christmas!


Absence Alternatives December 24, 2009 at 5:13 pm

I should have said Have a wonderful Day Off! ;-)


Shelli December 25, 2009 at 6:21 am

Oh no, not offended at all!! :-) I totally get what you meant. It’s just kind of funny how some of us see those gifts as “don’t”s and some see them as “must have gifts”! LOL
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mrsblogalot December 24, 2009 at 7:17 am

Damn . I have a lot of returns to do.

Lin-you are the best!!!

Have a great holiday!
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Absence Alternatives December 24, 2009 at 5:07 pm

No. You are the best. XXXXXXXXXXXOOOOOOOOOOO ;-) Wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas, you double dipper. ;-)


Absence Alternatives December 25, 2009 at 3:27 pm

Well, if my kids will let me, I will be working on today’s post which should really be called, Foot in Mouth, since, cough cough, this morning we were all wishing that we had mini deodorants in our stockings… ;-)

Merry Christmas to ya’ll that celebrate Baby Jesus’ birthday. Have a wonderful day off to those of ya that don’t. XXOO


SkippyMom December 28, 2009 at 6:44 pm

I don’t know – I think bath and body products are kind of neat in a stocking. When my kids were beyond the “I believe in Santa” stage they would pick names for who’s stocking they would stuff and I have to say they do a pretty good job – they know what their siblings want. Dad and I stuff eachothers and to be honest – when he request aftershave, socks and $27 razorblades [he only gets once a year] I am NOT wrapping that crap – so it works perfect.

And our kids always get toothpaste and a toothbrush for Christmas in their stocking – at least I know once a year that have a decent toothbrush.

I fondly remember our stockings growing up – we would receive fresh fruit and nuts in our stocking because it was such a luxury in the middle of December to have an orange or a banana – not like today.


Absence Alternatives December 28, 2009 at 7:10 pm

Actually I really don’t mind receiving travel sized items in my stockings. I thought it was funny because It struck me at that moment as an odd suggestion for “last-minute” gifts that would surely get, say, a husband into deep trouble with his wife… We get candy every year and the kids (and the adults) get to have candy for breakfast once a year. We all love that! Razor blades are $$$$. So your stocking stuffer, value wise, is a gift in itself if you ask me. :-)


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