Been there, done that. I am a 'good people’ who have bought bad presents.
There are just too many ways to go wrong. As a guy, I should see little flags to BAD PRESENTS, but still at times do not even recognize them while waving in the wind (hidden) in plain sight.
So here are a few telltale signs of the infamous bad gift. This is not an exact science BUT I still hope you find this helpful even if it is too late this year.
RULE 1 If it says ‘As Seen on TV’ on the box.. beware! It could be a great deal, but it could be the ROMCO 'Pocket' Food Processor for only $19.99… and if you act now you will receive a free set of steak knives that (as demonstrated in the ad) are so sharp they can cut through a Buick like butter!
RULE 2 When buying Jewelry, buying in BULK is a bad idea. I once bought my wife this collection of jewelry ( a special one-time offer ) that if all the pieces were linked together you use them as chains on your snow tires. My wife was gracious, but.. it is a point of amusement for her today.
RULE 3 A personal gift for your bride should not be manufactured by Black & Decker. Who knew?
RULE 4 Diet, Exercise, Weight Loss, Gym Memberships, or Hair Removal products no matter how much any are needed are cautionary purchases from husbands to wives.
RULE 5 Bad presents go both ways... so don’t you ladies think everything you buy is a gem. Don’t confuse needed with wanted (ie Beano). We guys have feelings too… PULL MY FINGER.
Well, so there you have it. Another season of shopping moments of adventure and misadventure is over but it is never too late to learn from this year.
In the end, it is the thought that counts, BUT.. a good present are really nifty too... and should be considered a good thought that counts...
Now let's all repeat together the BP Shoppers Prayer...
Oh Lord, grant us SHOPPING MERCIES and DISCERNMENT led by your Spirit. Amen, and amen!
May God bless your day, and Christmas season where presents are received and given with proper perspective when compared to celebrating the birth of Jesus. May we slow our minds and warm our hearts to this amazing time of year. May God bless us all with the peace that passes all understanding even IF your husband's gift to you boggles the mind and screams. "He did not go anywhere near Jareds".
The mutterings on life and faith by cartoonist Jeff Larson