I want your useless Christmas crap!

11 Nov

You open that sparkling, carefully wrapped Christmas present as your loving sister, grandmother or mother looks on with excitement.

You smile ear-to-ear as you shout, “I love it!”, hold the gift like it’s your new baby in your arms, then rush to whoever gave it to you and you embrace. It’s a scene that should have been added to “It’s a Wonderful Life”.

When you get to the car, though, you look upon that painting of fighting dogs wearing clown suits with disgust. It immediately goes into your discard file in the attic or hallway closet with the cassette tape of Don Johnson’s “Heartbeat” you got for Christmas 1986. Its only potential use is for the day you finally clear out it, “Heartbeat” and three Furbys and beg people to pay a quarter — for all of them — at your yard sale.

The biggest waste of holiday money is buying useless crap, especially if it’s something someone will immediately hate. During a recession, people want what they NEED or something that can prove itself useful.

Some outrageously expensive gifts can qualify as useless crap. Likewise some gifts that are dirt cheap are very, very useful.

I need your help. Some of these forthcoming holiday posts will feature both the best and worst Christmas presents ever — with a serious emphasis on frugality and practicality. While I do have some definite winners and losers, I could use some suggestions. Try to think of gifts that are either dirt cheap or at least reasonably priced that have proven to be the gifts that keep on giving.

I particularly need help from parents — whether you’re raising newborns, teenagers or anything in between. I have friends and family members who have children, but I have none of my own. I’d like to have input from those on the front lines.

Let’s go ahead and warm up that generic hot chocolate, light up that Charlie Brown Christmas tree and sing some carols. It’s time to get into the holiday sprit. The fighting dogs in clown suits, Don Johnson and the Furbys would want us to do that.


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2 Responses to “I want your useless Christmas crap!”

  1. Amanda November 11, 2009 at 10:31 am #

    I bought a book recently called the “Big Ass Book of Crafts” and it has some amazing cheap ideas for crafting! I dont know if you’re a crafter, but it’s the best way to give great, personalized presents on the CHEAP. That’s my Christmas plan 😉

    • flatbrokegirl November 11, 2009 at 11:26 am #

      I’m not the biggest crafter in the world because of my carpal tunnel, but I’m definitely going to be making some gifts at home! I may also try to beg my mom to help me out because she’s a totally awesome painter!

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