Aisles of random tat that appear in shops at Christmas....

(272 Posts)
Sparklingbrook Mon 04-Nov-13 18:41:58

AIBU to be a bit sad about it? BHS usually excel in it, I noticed today Asda had an aisle of it.

It's all so, well, crap. sad

I wouldn't buy any of it for anyone-it looks like you went down the random Christmas tat aisle and bought the first thing you saw. Who buys it? confused

Sorry about mentioning the C word-but it's out there. sad

Sparklingbrook Mon 04-Nov-13 18:44:05
Moonstorm Mon 04-Nov-13 18:45:49

Ban all this tat and you go towards solving the recycling/ landfill problem...

And this goes for all tat, not just Christmas. I always argue that the recycling problem could be 'solved' by the manufacturers. By they time it gets to the consumer it is too late.

Oh and yes I agree that who would buy it anyway?

Sparklingbrook Mon 04-Nov-13 18:49:23

Exhibit B hmm

Exactly Moon, it's all just clutter that will end up in the bin. I suppose charity shops benefit <tries to see positive>.

Heartbrokenmum73 Mon 04-Nov-13 18:51:42

God, yes, BHS are the worst offenders, every single year. It makes me laugh cos they market themselves as fairly naice but their Christmas stuff would make Del Boy think twice!

Sparklingbrook Mon 04-Nov-13 18:52:48

Yes Heart it really is awful in BHS not really an aisle more of a whole Department of Crapola.

Bogeyface Mon 04-Nov-13 18:53:54

But if you banned the tat how could you possibly do passive aggressive gift giving to people you dont like?

The bitchy SIL would be the perfect recipient for the shoe grin

I hate the bhs stuff - also makes me sad, it's so vulgar and will end up being thrown away or land filled

The worst excesses of our culture make me feel sad or angry

I got a massive rage on internally yesterday at a wooden box in a catalogue that holds 6 watches (not included obviously) - £1950

Bogeyface Mon 04-Nov-13 18:54:53

stoopid tablet....

I was going add that giving someone some of that crap proves that you havent given their gift any thought at all, which is a great message to send to certain people!

Sparklingbrook Mon 04-Nov-13 18:56:33

Ooh yes good point Bogey-some people deserve stuff from the tat aisle.

I always end up with one of those mini bottles of wine with a few chocolates and a mini crappy bottle of wine. They cost about 7 quid, you. Can get a decent bottle of wine for that.

I like wine

I don't think I deserve tat

even if I am an ungrateful bitch

I missed the glass I was concentrating on the crappy wine

Tiredmumno1 Mon 04-Nov-13 19:08:06

My first thought at exhibit A was, what the fuck would I do with one shoe grin.

Exhibit B well that's usually the kind of tat that gets left battered up til the end that no bugger wants grin.

Sparklingbrook Mon 04-Nov-13 19:10:25

This is particularly vile. How much is a proper bottle of Baileys? confused

You mean you wouldn't keep your phone in it Tired? confused

Sparklingbrook Mon 04-Nov-13 19:10:48

I am sure the racing drunks used to be racing grannies too.

Heartbrokenmum73 Mon 04-Nov-13 19:11:20

They always strike me as the kind of shite that people buy for secret Santa when they get someone they don't know very well.

My dsis has been given some of this tat at work before now. She even passed one set on to me. Teeny tiny bottle of Baileys (probably a mouthful in it), three chocolates and a mahoosive mug! She doesn't like Bailey's so we still don't know why she was given it.

Better than when her ex MIL gave her some chocolate body paint though shock

Heartbrokenmum73 Mon 04-Nov-13 19:11:59

Yes!!! It was one of those bottles! Just one though...

Tiredmumno1 Mon 04-Nov-13 19:13:10

Absolutely not sparkling, the first place that would head is the bin if I received it as a present (or charity shop).

No offence to anyone that actually likes it grin.

But then my mother would have to buy something useful/ wanted for Christmas! and why would she want to do that when she can buy a shed load of crap tat!

Sparklingbrook Mon 04-Nov-13 19:15:06
Tiredmumno1 Mon 04-Nov-13 19:15:23

Oh and I think I would just cry if I got given those teeny tiny bottles of baileys. I thought it cost about the same amount for a normal bottle?

blibblibs Mon 04-Nov-13 19:15:39

You can get a full bottle of Bailey's in the co-op for £12 just now.

I know which I'd prefer grin

Sparklingbrook Mon 04-Nov-13 19:16:02

Nobody in their right mind would like the phone shoe Tired. grin

phantomnamechanger Mon 04-Nov-13 19:18:01

I've seen racing nuns too.

I decided early on that my kids stockings were going to have useful stuff in not piles of tatt - it took me a couple of years to work out that we would soon end up with a houseful of rubbish. My one regret about doing nice birthday parties for them is the piles of gifts we had to home!

they get flannels, toothbrush, a few sweets, shower gel, socks, gloves, proper pens for school and maybe a card game or qiuz/puzzle book.

Feminine Mon 04-Nov-13 19:22:28

It is SO expensive!

Sparklingbrook Mon 04-Nov-13 19:22:50

Yes-things that are useful-that's the key Phantom it took me a while to realise. It all ended up in tubs under the bed.

Hawkins Bazaar has a whole shopful of things that will be in tubs under children's beds on 26th December. sad

Sparklingbrook Mon 04-Nov-13 19:23:25

Feminine it is isn't it? Not even cheap crap.

Badvoc Mon 04-Nov-13 19:33:07

Now...you see...there are people that would like that shoe gift!
My sister loves martini, is obsessed by shoes and would use the holder for her phone.
I wouldn't buy it for her because I think it's tacky, but she would like it, that's the point.
There just be a demand for this stuff or they wouldn't make it, surely?

Badvoc Mon 04-Nov-13 19:35:14

Stockings are for tat.
My dc get choc, book, glider plane, lush bath bomb, tattoos, socks etc

It is well placed for fools who are really at their wits end wrt present shopping ...

It is amazing how common sense decreases the closer to the Christmas deadline desperate people become.

Bogeyface Mon 04-Nov-13 19:36:39

The word "mini" in anything is never good

Mini Baileys
Mini Mars Bar
Mini Muffins

Never works

Wasn't there also a beach chair phone holder??

Badvoc Mon 04-Nov-13 19:37:50

That's true....you see them in the week before Xmas, hollow eyed, clutching lists and wailing "I still need a secret Santa for work!"

mrsjay Mon 04-Nov-13 19:40:11

I once bought SIL and BIl flavoured oil and bubble bath sets from BHS they give rubbish christmas presents well they have stopped now i was fed up of buying nice ones so TATT it was grin, also i got my dad the john wayne collection one year he loved it, Tatt has its place

mrsjay Mon 04-Nov-13 19:40:54

I once got a mini baileys and truffle set from my mum I think she sort of ran in and grabbed

Badvoc you've just reminded me that I've signed up for Secret Santa in work this year! Now, what tat can I buy for that?

Sparklingbrook Mon 04-Nov-13 19:45:21

In B&M Bargains they have Christmas toilet roll Just. £1.49. grin

mrsjay Mon 04-Nov-13 19:47:34

my dds would love retro fanta well probably coke blush

Badvoc Mon 04-Nov-13 19:47:50

Off to bhs with you just!! smile
Perhaps one of those hilarious French maid aprons?

Sparklingbrook Mon 04-Nov-13 19:49:32

They probably would mrsjay and if it was a fiver it would be ok ish. but £15? For a few bottles of Fanta? angry They must think we are mugs.

mrsjay Mon 04-Nov-13 19:50:30

maybe I people would get desperate I did buy them a yard o f jaffa cakes one year

BerstieSpotts Mon 04-Nov-13 19:52:54

Why so many phone holders? Who needs a phone holder? WHAT THE CHRIST IS WRONG WITH A BEDSIDE TABLE??

LaGuardia Mon 04-Nov-13 19:53:05

I wish there was a BHS near me.

Sparklingbrook Mon 04-Nov-13 19:53:29

There's a yard of Chocolate Fingers and a really long Wispa I happened to see today.

mrsjay Mon 04-Nov-13 19:54:20

how long was the wispa wink

Pogosticks Mon 04-Nov-13 19:54:46

I get this stuff every year from FIL. DH and I take the kids out unshopping around new year. Taking everything back to BHS and Boots 3 for 2 and buying towels, toiletries etc with the refund vouchers. Then we have a takeaway.

It's one of our traditions - I love it because FILs partner deliberately gets us shit stuff, so taking it back and having a takeaway at their expense is the perfect passive aggressive revenge smile

specialsubject Mon 04-Nov-13 19:55:40

apparently containers of it come to us on the sea all the way from China and India. It is horrifying. So much waste from so much slave labour.

still, it makes shopping quicker as there are whole aisles of the shop that I don't have to bother with now!

Mamafratelli Mon 04-Nov-13 19:56:34

My MIL buys it for me. She buys lovely clothes for Dh. she obviously hates my guts

silverten Mon 04-Nov-13 19:58:09

This is one of the things I find really depressing about Christmas.

You start off with the desire to find a lovely gift that the recipient will like and use, and instead are confronted with aisles full of shite that will be in landfill by the end of January. Then your feeling of peace and goodwill and love towards your recipients is overtaken with the sudden awareness that this crap is just part of a massive merry-go-round of waste...

Bag humbug. Cos that is exactly what it is- total humbug on the marketer's part. Do they honestly think we don't see this for the obvious attempt to fleece us that it is?

Sparklingbrook Mon 04-Nov-13 20:00:06

'Merry Go round of waste' you have summed it up perfectly silver.

It was about a foot if not more mrsjay. B&M Bargains. wink

mrsjay Mon 04-Nov-13 20:08:38

It was about a foot if not more mrsjay. B&M Bargains.

,adds to my panic buying list

freyasnow Mon 04-Nov-13 20:11:23

I would love the retro coke thing, as would my kids, and we would use it all the time. My mum has the racing nuns, and we get them out and have races with them after Christmas dinner every year.

I would love the retro Fanta/Coke thing. Could use it for flowers after Christmas.

SarahAndFuck Mon 04-Nov-13 20:14:03

I help out at the school and children's centre and these are the sort of things that we get donated, usually unopened, year after year.

We'd get that shoe without the wine in it though.

But every year we get lots of things like this that haven't been touched. Those racing drunks wouldn't be opened at all.

And so many sets of toiletries that I won't buy them as gifts, they really don't seem popular. In fact when we use them as raffle prizes we have some given back the following year with the old raffle number still stuck on it.

We once raffled the same far too big and very ugly stuffed toy five times before someone finally took it home. Before that the people winning it just never came forward to collect it.

mrsjay Mon 04-Nov-13 20:15:23

my sister bought dd2 a make up kit from BHS I was shock as she is really into her make up and the eyeshadow in it is rubbish, maybe my mum bought it though

freyasnow Mon 04-Nov-13 20:17:49

I love toiletries sets too. I worry now that I have got people a load of things they hated.

phantomnamechanger Mon 04-Nov-13 20:18:35

some toiletries sets are OK. If they are bought by similar people or who know your taste etc - the problem is when MILs/elderly aunties buy "old lady toiletries" for their DILs or DGDs, instead of asking what scent/flavour they'd like. I would rather buy someone something I KNOW they like than a random thing in a pretty box.

mrsjay Mon 04-Nov-13 20:18:49

I like getting soapy gift sets even the moisturiser I must just like tatt grin

mrsjay Mon 04-Nov-13 20:19:43

although my mum is starting to buy me lavender the last 2 years maybe she thinks i am getting to THAT age

Sparklingbrook Mon 04-Nov-13 20:20:42

I think Make Up and toiletry sets are at least useful, especially if you use that specific brand of smelly IYKWIM.

Some of them in garish colours and unknown brands look like they may be a bit itchy though.

my Dad is getting an Old Spice gift set as he does every year. He uses Old Spice. grin

Sparklingbrook Mon 04-Nov-13 20:21:27

Lily of the Valley bath salts mrsjay? grin

phantomnamechanger Mon 04-Nov-13 20:21:28

we buy SIL a body shop white musk set every now and then - not the same thing every year - because we know she likes it and is on a limited budget herself.

Spaulding Mon 04-Nov-13 20:21:35

YANBU. I hate this kind of tat. If someone was struggling to buy me something then I would much rather have a £10 voucher than any of the stuff listed in this thread!

DP's brother's girlfriend once bought me a make-up bag/purse/useless bag shaped like a corset. All red and lacey. I've never worn a corset in my life so I'm not sure why she saw it and thought of me. It's been under my bed ever since (and possibly in the bin now)

mrsjay Mon 04-Nov-13 20:22:16

not quite THAT AGE YET sparkling

phantomnamechanger Mon 04-Nov-13 20:23:10

lavender things CAN be nice, but the "Yardley" ones definitely belong in the old lady camp. And they don't even smell of lavender anyway! [vom]

Sparklingbrook Mon 04-Nov-13 20:23:29

Body Shop is exempt from this Phantom as they sell the stuff all year round, and on the whole it is well received.

Boots and their 3 for 2 with the parcel sticker annoys me. People will know their's could be the freebie. shock

I love matching sets of toiletries esp. if they are from LUSH but try to avoid buying them for other people as I think it looks like no thought has gone into the present. I do however remember my great aunt buying my 18 year old brother a set of M&S ladies toiletries - and funnily enough, his best mates great aunt did the same! grin Must be a great aunt thing!

phantomnamechanger Mon 04-Nov-13 20:24:22

a make-up bag/purse/useless bag shaped like a corset. All red and lacey. LOL sounds delightful, what's not to like??

freyasnow Mon 04-Nov-13 20:24:32

I am 40 and still get a stocking. My mum puts soap and glory deodorant in it (among other things). I consider this a massive extravagance and so am very pleased with it every year.

sparkling so take the parcel sticker off confused, I thought that was why they were stickers and not printed on the box.

fuzzpig Mon 04-Nov-13 20:25:53

I felt exactly the same wandering round a MenKind shop the other day hmm it appears in the mall every Xmas.

Spaulding Mon 04-Nov-13 20:26:17

And just to add, I HATE bath sets. I'm usually allergic to it or it stinks to high heaven. I have sensitive skin so would never stick a bath bomb anywhere near my bath! Of course some people don't know this so I just smile, take out the nice hand cream or something and chuck the rest.

mrsjay Mon 04-Nov-13 20:26:17

mum buys my sister soap and glory and i get lavender although my sister is quite a big younger than me but i would like soap and glory grin

mrsjay Mon 04-Nov-13 20:27:02

Oh we have just had a Menkind opened in our town centre I havent been in whats in it ?

phantomnamechanger Mon 04-Nov-13 20:28:16

I am going to be the sensible elderly aunt who buys everyone socks. they will be nice socks not Christmas tatt, and they will be the right size for the child, as I will know the difference between their age and shoe size bad memories

phantomnamechanger Mon 04-Nov-13 20:30:02

bad bubble bath is good for cleaning the loo, though, as long as it does not smell of sick (the bubble bath , not the loo)

Bogeyface Mon 04-Nov-13 20:31:03

I take the parcel sticker off, I thought everyone did!

The talk of bath sets reminds me of the Men Behaving Badly Xmas special where the boys bought loads of useless tat. Gary gave Dorothy a deep fat fryer! And Dorothy and Debs gave each other exactly the same Boots gift set grin

Bogeyface Mon 04-Nov-13 20:32:20

The best received gifts I ever gave were hampers with homemade bath bombs, soap, marmalade, chutney and Xmas cake. I did them as we were skint, but it turned out it cost me more than just buying them!

LifeofPo Mon 04-Nov-13 20:34:02

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

AChristmassyJerseySpud Mon 04-Nov-13 20:34:17

Im guessing im the only one who likes going around looking at the Christmas Tat.

My bil loves the marmite stuff so i add to his collection each year....

fuzzpig Mon 04-Nov-13 20:34:42

Mrsjay... a few things I remember from the local MenKind:
Superhero slankets
50 shades of grey board game
Mouldable chocolate
A mug where the handle is a knuckleduster

Sparklingbrook Mon 04-Nov-13 20:36:30

But Just if you have bought a 'gift set' from Boots it will be in the 3 for 2-everyone knows that without the sticker. grin because they have dragged round Boots too. wink

FGS don't go in Menkind. DS1 treated himself to a gun that fires rubber bands last week. and watch out for their 'saucy' section down the end. shock

Bogeyface Mon 04-Nov-13 20:36:49

My bil loves the marmite stuff so i add to his collection each year....

Me too! I have a white kitchen with all the tea towels, tins, oven gloves....you name it in the Pop Art Marmite design. If you find anything new can you please send me a link?!

Sparklingbrook Mon 04-Nov-13 20:38:10

DH liked that stupid knuckleduster mug fuzz. hmm

AChristmassyJerseySpud Mon 04-Nov-13 20:39:31

I admit i love the tat. Just been drinking my cuppa tea out of my sherbet mug from last year blush

Sparklingbrook Mon 04-Nov-13 20:40:24

I think they have them again Jersey and a Love Hearts one. At least you are making use of it. grin

freyasnow Mon 04-Nov-13 20:43:06

This thread is holding up a mirror to the tragedy of my life. I love Boots 3 for 2 gifts too. Two years ago my favourite gift (given to me) was an invalid pillow. I was a bit worried that DH would find this a passion killer, but he liked it so much that the next year my mum bought him one too.

I am genuinely pleased with the things I get for Christmas. I am getting a new dressing gown this year.

Sparklingbrook Mon 04-Nov-13 20:44:23
nkf Mon 04-Nov-13 20:45:04

I've seen some hideous sweaters. I assume they are bough ironically.

mrsjay Mon 04-Nov-13 20:46:39

Superhero slankets
50 shades of grey board game
Mouldable chocolate
A mug where the handle is a knuckleduster

my dds and dds boyfriend would love the majority of that I am going in next time i am in town, not sure about the board game and mug though

Sparklingbrook Mon 04-Nov-13 20:46:44

Sweaters and Onesies. Everywhere they are nkf. A jumper you can wear for one day of the year. Marvellous. confused

Sparklingbrook Mon 04-Nov-13 20:47:31

Don't forget to go down the end and look at the willy warmers mrsjay.

mrsjay Mon 04-Nov-13 20:47:51

oh Christmas Jumpers I saw them the other day --and will buy one for works christmas party I do work with children though

ICameOnTheJitney Mon 04-Nov-13 20:48:46

follow my lead and go vintage. I'm making shit this year...everything...crackers, tablecloth....gifts....except the kid's gifts because they're materialistic little things and would disown me otherwise.

phantomnamechanger Mon 04-Nov-13 20:49:07

oh heck, the marmite!! our BHS was full of the stuff last year - a whole bloody marmite tatt aisle!! marmite in chocolate <shudder>

ICameOnTheJitney Mon 04-Nov-13 20:50:48

Looked at the "Lovely wedged shoe which also has another use as a mobile phone holder" (shoot the copywriter) and noticed that it "Contains Sulphates" hmm So it's frigging pug ugly AND dangerous. Oooh...I'll have THREE!

And lest we forget, the king of all Tat

I give you the Chocolate Fountain.

Why?
Who?

Actually, that would be me. From MIL one year. I quite like a piece of chocolate now and then. Therefore, I must want to splatter my entire house with cheap runny chocolate.

It never left the box and has now made it through through two Christmas/Summer School Fairs.

Also Robert Dyas is a bad offender.

mrsjay Mon 04-Nov-13 20:54:46

the chocolate fountain that doesn't work I remember it well

PipkinsPal Mon 04-Nov-13 20:57:08

I only get Christmas presents from my parents, sister and my niece, she's 3 so it is a joint effort with my sister which is good because I get what I want and none of it is tat. smile

AChristmassyJerseySpud Mon 04-Nov-13 20:57:21

I like Christmas Jumpers both my dd's have them and christmas gloves me for me DD1

I cant help it. I love Christmas

Bogeyface Mon 04-Nov-13 20:59:02

pop art marmite

This is the stuff I like!

AChristmassyJerseySpud Mon 04-Nov-13 21:00:09

I go to BHS when they reduce everything and buy what i want for me

AChristmassyJerseySpud Mon 04-Nov-13 21:01:08

and to me the sweet stuff or funny stuff is just to be that novelty present

Bogeyface Mon 04-Nov-13 21:01:15

Primark are currently doing Xmas jumpers that are reasonably priced.

Sparklingbrook Mon 04-Nov-13 21:04:41

Ooh not really BHS Marmite Bogey. blush

Bogeyface Mon 04-Nov-13 21:08:38

No its great, but I prefer the pop art which only seems to be available in TKMaxx at the moment, probably because it was so monstrously over priced in the first place!

Sparklingbrook Mon 04-Nov-13 21:11:52

I got Ds2 a singing ghost today in the Halloween sale at Sainsburys. It was reduced from £7 to £2.10. How annoying if you had bought one last week.

It sings 'I'm scary and i know it'. hmm

SarahAndFuck Mon 04-Nov-13 21:18:08

I was surprised at the toiletry sets being unpopular, but they really are judging by the way we get so many unwanted ones donated.

Lavender does seem to be the worst offender though, but there were lots of those ones from Boots made from beeswax (not Burt's Bees, that other one they did) and the Sanctuary ones.

And the ones made to look like sweets and lollipops in candy colours with radioactive looking bottles of goop in them as well.

And for men we seem to get a lot of combo sets (wallet and key ring, pen and cheque book holder) or novelty nonsense like fake remote controls for their girlfriends or 'ring for beer' bells.

Sparklingbrook Mon 04-Nov-13 21:20:12

Aah yes or ring for worse judging by the ones I saw today Sarah. blush

Bogeyface Mon 04-Nov-13 21:20:30

And the ones made to look like sweets and lollipops in candy colours with radioactive looking bottles of goop in them as well.

DD got one of those last year, she used one lot, got a massive itchy burning rash and the rest went in the bin. I did tell her father what happened but I would bet you a weeks wages that he will get her something similar this year in her stocking hmm

Sparklingbrook Mon 04-Nov-13 21:36:18

WTF is this when it's at home?

SarahAndFuck Mon 04-Nov-13 21:39:22

I hate sponge, it gives my fingernails the creeps.

Not sure how someone would use that one Sparkling, if it has to stay on the stick.

Bogeyface Mon 04-Nov-13 21:48:02

Wet wood AND sponge.......that looks like a lolly so my toddler dd would try to eat it?

ALL of my "sets my teeth on edge" triggers at the same time!

I just shuddered at the thought of it!

Bogeyface Mon 04-Nov-13 21:48:37

I cant eat REAL lollies because of the stick ffs.........

BerstieSpotts Mon 04-Nov-13 21:51:54

I always get loads of toiletry sets. Most of them are creams. Hand cream. Body cream. Nail cream. Face cream. How many creams do you need? confused I don't use any of them. I don't know when or how you're supposed to use them. Will vvvvv occasionally use a bit of hand cream if I've been using a harsh cleaner and my hands feel a bit dry.

We use the bath stuff and shower gel, but not always at the rate it's given to us. I've usually got a couple of boxes in the cupboard unused. And then DP will go and buy a load of shower gel, or I'll think "fuck it" and buy a couple of shower gels, because sometimes it's nice to be able to pick a smell you actually like rather than "insipid rose" or "overly synthetic orange" I don't mind too much, it does save money. But I quite like buying things like shower gel because I like sniffing them all and choosing my favourite blush

Sparklingbrook Mon 04-Nov-13 21:52:12

I can't imagine the meeting at M&S where they all decided the horrid lolly thing was a fab Christmas gift confused

AChristmassyJerseySpud Mon 04-Nov-13 21:53:43

Oh god that sponge! Thats awful!!

ElephantsEye Mon 04-Nov-13 22:26:55

Sparkling are you on commission? grin

And who on earth designs all that stuff? Can you imagine the meetings, and the big reveal, and the nodding of approval, and the suggestions for improvement, and ... <words fail me>

Sparklingbrook Tue 05-Nov-13 07:01:11

On commission for which line of tat Elephants?

Chelvis Tue 05-Nov-13 07:41:46

yy BearstieSpots with the creams. Does anyone really use them? I would leave a snail trail behind me if I was that greased up.

What does everyone do with the toiletry sets they don't need? I gave some to the charity shop (still boxed, unopened) a few years ago, but my sister was horrified by that and said charities couldn't sell anything like that? I don't want to bin them, but I don't need 6 bottles of dove body moisturiser when I only use one a year!

Kerosene Tue 05-Nov-13 08:12:32

I wish I knew what to do with the toiletry sets. Every year, my MiL has bought me a Lush bath bomb set. We don't have a bath. Haven't had one for some years now. She helped us rip it out.

On the what to do front - if you've friends with birthdays in January, don't immediately regift to them. A friend of mine has her birthday in the first week of January, and the amount of regifted tat she gets is a bit depressing.

Strumpetron Tue 05-Nov-13 08:19:27

I love tat

Strumpetron Tue 05-Nov-13 08:19:59

And lush is lovely, and not cheap.

Why don't grown ups all agree not to buy each other presents? If I want something I'll buy it myself, if I don't want something, I don't want you to buy it for me. It's bollocks, you either have to tell people what you want or get some crap you don't want.

Bogeyface Tue 05-Nov-13 09:28:37

NoArmani

How utterly joyless! I really hate this attitude that Xmas is for kids. What kind of miserable Xmas morning would my parents have if no one bought them a gift?

mrsjay Tue 05-Nov-13 09:33:47

I like getting presents especially tatt bit of a grinchy thing going onthere noarmani

Sparklingbrook Tue 05-Nov-13 09:33:56

Would food banks be interested in the toiletries? Just a thought.

We don't buy for grown ups Armani. What's the point really? DH and I don't buy for each other either.

Maryz Tue 05-Nov-13 09:35:00

<hard stare>

IOFN

mrsjay Tue 05-Nov-13 09:37:17

maybe the shower gel and bubble bath or a deodorant sparkling i cant imagine them wanting the moisturisers IYSWIm so you could split the packs

Percephone Tue 05-Nov-13 09:40:10

My MIL bought me one of those shoes last Christmas! shock

I was pregnant so the alcohol was shoved in the fridge where it remains to this day. The shoe went straight in the bin sad

Sparklingbrook Tue 05-Nov-13 09:43:28

Yes but the stuff is only effing on the shelves already Maryz, plus I am having a moan about it.

Asda has a 'sleeps countdown' LED display. Not impressed.

Kerosene Tue 05-Nov-13 09:45:02

Stump, that's part of my problem - Lush is expensive stuff, so I'm really not sure what to make of expensive presents that she knows I have no hope in hell of using - soap, shower gel, all brilliant, but I've no bath for bath bombs! I don't think it's a pass-agg thing, as she's absolutely lovely and we get on well. Really bad at presents, perhaps?

Sparklingbrook Tue 05-Nov-13 09:47:50

Soap/shower gel/shampoo to the food bank?

But not the tubes of dubious greasy slime.

Back2Two Tue 05-Nov-13 09:54:21

All your links are v funny sparkling (though depressing ultimately.....)

All that marmite shit. Retro marmite teapot hmm grin and as for that festive lolly sponge......it's making me giggle wth it's absolute crappness.

Sparklingbrook Tue 05-Nov-13 09:56:01

You know what Back that lolly sponge is so awful I am trying to think of someone to buy it for. blush grin
Can't wait to see it in RL.

mrsjay Tue 05-Nov-13 09:59:15

we should all do a secret santa grin

My MIL buys the most awful tat all year round. She gives me gifts that make me blush and leave me speechless. She is forever sending/bringing over useless stuff that clutters up our small house. DH is a lover of tat too and won't let me throw it away so it ends up in the loft and I chuck them away once he has forgotten about them. It just astounds me how people can buy this crap.

Here is an example of said crap

EmpireBiscuit Tue 05-Nov-13 10:10:48

My mum and I saw the lolly sponge, in all it's glory, at the weekend. We chuckled at the shitness of it, and bought one for my evilSIL.

EmpireBiscuit Tue 05-Nov-13 10:12:17

£16!!! You could have 2 big bottles of cava for that and not have the hassle of binning the ugly shoe!

Sparklingbrook Tue 05-Nov-13 10:13:01

Now this is something I didn't know I needed. grin

Excellent Empire. Is it massive? Is there a range of other Christmas lollipop tat?

We don't buy for grown ups Armani. What's the point really? DH and I don't buy for each other either

Our present to each other is to go on holiday together and escape the shite of Christmas.

Sparklingbrook Tue 05-Nov-13 11:10:03

Sounds good Armani. smile

I really don't think adults need Christmas presents. With the exception of my Mum and Dad who really deserve one the amount they do for us.

RoxanneReidsChafingFishnets Tue 05-Nov-13 11:12:48

Didn't see this thread til now!

I went in BHS last week while shopping for stepdads birthday gifts.

Wtf do you do with that shoe after?! I've seen what I want though. Gumball machine!

RoxanneReidsChafingFishnets Tue 05-Nov-13 11:14:08
Sparklingbrook Tue 05-Nov-13 11:14:35

DS2 wants that Chafing. He's also seen a skill crane toy somewhere too. hmm

AnkaretLestrange Tue 05-Nov-13 11:27:04

Look at the terrible description of that crap shoe and cava set.

It's so fucking depressing. Who on earth thinks people WANT this shit

Sparkling Wine and Shoe Gift Set
For the lady who appreciates the finer things in life (in other words, tasty wine and gorgeous shoes), this set makes a truly glamorous gift.

Rather than sitting in a plain, uninspiring box, the 20cl bottle of Cordon
Rosado Freixenet Cava is presented in a pretty pink glitter resin shoe that sparkles every bit as much as the wine itself.

And when the bottle is empty, the shoe makes a unique ornament to have sitting on a shelf - a shimmering reminder to everyone of the owner's fashionista credentials!

Useful info:

Sparkling wine and shoe gift set
20cl bottle of Cordon Rosado Freixenet Cava wine
Pink glitter resin shoe
Gorgeous gift idea

I also loathe the 3 for 2 Crap from boots. People think they're getting a bargain when evidently the costs of manufacture etc are built in. You are not getting one free at all.

fuzzpig Tue 05-Nov-13 11:36:01

Ah now I don't mind toiletry sets as long as it's a brand I like and not from a shop that doesn't usually sell toiletries... why would I use bath stuff from Peacocks for example confused

DH used to work for boots so quite often after Xmas we'd use his discount to get some of the sets which would save me buying for the rest of the year. I get botanics, sanctuary, soap and glory, and my mum loves No7 stuff.

The only problem is that they often have a product I wouldn't use in with them as well as all the stuff I do love. Like hand cream - I only use one type (sensory issues, everything else creeps me out)

fuzzpig Tue 05-Nov-13 11:38:59

Oh and a lovely MNer thanks sent some molton brown things in the Xmas appeal last year, it's lovely and I'd never have bought it for myself, I was shock grin (and my mum was envy)

Sparklingbrook Tue 05-Nov-13 11:44:41

I agree with the smellies from shops not famous for selling smellies are a bit sad Although I wear 'Suddenly Madame glamour' from lidl. grin

Molton Brown is well posh fuzz.

It's bloody everywhere, I was astonished at the amount of utter rubbish that was on sale in boots when i was in there at the weekend, and it wasn't cheap! And the thing that really bothers me, is that OHs family buy all this tat for us! We have told them over several years in the nicest politest way we would rather them save their money, we don't NEED any of this stuff. But they don't listen. They fall into the 'but its CHRISTMAS, you HAVE TO HAVE presents'. GAH. Drives me potty.

Strumpetron Tue 05-Nov-13 13:13:15

fuzzpig I love Molten Brown, the Ylang Ylang body wash and moisturiser is amazing. Mines just ran out angry The shop in Trafford Centre has me sniffing everything!

Sparklingbrook Tue 05-Nov-13 13:49:03

You are all getting one of these off me. grin

RoxanneReidsChafingFishnets Tue 05-Nov-13 13:51:37

Nothing showing sparkz

Sparklingbrook Tue 05-Nov-13 13:54:21

Oh no. It's Wilko's Bath Confetti for two whole pounds Chafing. sad grin

Sparklingbrook Tue 05-Nov-13 13:54:52

Pink Rose flavour too. wink

LaQueenOfTheDamned Tue 05-Nov-13 14:27:51

Depends on the toiletries set of course...I'm always very pleased with one from The White Company smile

Sparklingbrook Tue 05-Nov-13 14:30:31

envy LaQueen stop ruining my tat thread with your upmarket stuff. grin

RoxanneReidsChafingFishnets Tue 05-Nov-13 14:31:01

I'm allergic to most bath sets. So far the only thing I can use is Wilkos £1 tropical coconut shower gel.

I have bath sets from last year with I've used once only to find I cant use them. Nivea, Dove, Soap & Glory and Lush

LaQueenOfTheDamned Tue 05-Nov-13 15:17:31

Soz sparkling - in recompense I offer you Avon Arabian Nights talc & bath soak, combo...

EmpireBiscuit Tue 05-Nov-13 16:17:28

It's about the size of a side plate, not sure what the reason for the stick is. It's too flimsy to be much use for anything, no back scrubbing or leg exfoliating. No other lolly inspired tat.

SweetCarolinePomPomPom Tue 05-Nov-13 16:22:04

Presents like this give me the rage. angry

mrsjay Tue 05-Nov-13 16:57:11

aww i love a bit of bath confetti npt really please dont send it to me

Sparklingbrook Tue 05-Nov-13 17:00:19

WTF is bath confetti anyway? Why do we need it? grin

Talc and Bath Soak LaQueen. Sounds lovely. sad

Sparklingbrook Tue 05-Nov-13 17:04:09
fuzzpig Tue 05-Nov-13 17:23:27

Hmm, festive hmm

Sparklingbrook Tue 05-Nov-13 17:25:51

I wonder what makes it Christmas fuzz? Is it made of Santa's spit or something?

fuzzpig Tue 05-Nov-13 17:26:50

Essence of mistletoe maybe?

Sparklingbrook Tue 05-Nov-13 17:30:37

grin fuzz. As long as it isn't the tears of baby Jesus. grin

Dobbiesmum Tue 05-Nov-13 17:53:24

MIL always resorts to crap after a really good start in her effort to spend exactly the same amount of money on all of us. She buys the same things that she knows we appreciate every year, for me it's socks, knickers, a diary and a larger gift that is already planned. Then she kind of descends into Christmas Rage and hits the Wilkinsons soap isle and we all get bath pearls.. grin
It's why I'm doing hampers for everyone this year, so I don't get caught up in the bath set thing!

Sparklingbrook Tue 05-Nov-13 17:57:26

The thing is if everyone loved the tat that much it would be sold all year round so we could enjoy it.

Bath Pearls Dobbies Itchy fanjo and the danger of slipping in the oily bath and breaking your neck. Happy Christmas! grin

StepAwayFromTheEcclesCakes Tue 05-Nov-13 18:00:30

thank fuck for amazon wish list and the little gizmo to add to your toolbar that lets you add anything to it from any site. I have added all my everyday favourite toiletries so that Ds's and DH will not be tempted by any cheap shit in poundland or wherever smile I look forward to a happy xmas.
On the marmite bit... I used to have jars (empty) from huge size down to the teeny one on my bathroom window when I was a student and had make up brushes in the bigger two and nail files clippers in the teeny one. gave no end of amusement to my friends who still remember to this day confused I thought it looked fun.

DownstairsMixUp Tue 05-Nov-13 18:16:11

I don't mind a bit of tat tbh. I love getting smellies, saves me toiletry money for a while! Though i prefer getting soap and glory stuff as it's so dear so can't justify buying their stuff much really.

Anyone seen the tat on play.com?! You can play golf doing a poo.

IamInvisible Tue 05-Nov-13 18:17:20

DS2 wants that Marmite mug from BHS.

I've upset MIL, don't know how but I have, but that means so more tat for me! We never see her at Christmas, so she gave us the pressies before hand. I used to snip the Sellotape and peek when everyone was out, so I could get over the shock and not be a bitch infront of DH!

aturtlenamedmack Tue 05-Nov-13 18:22:35

My ex's Mum used to buy me stuff like this.
One year I got a festive sausage dog handbag!

Maryz Tue 05-Nov-13 18:32:41

There was a segment on some comedy show recently (it might have been The Last Leg" where they looked at the difference between "presents" and "gifts".

Apparently a present is something that you might buy for yourself, that would be useful, and that you buy because the person might like it.

A gift, on the other hand, is something you would never buy for yourself, you don't give a shit about whether or not the recipient wants it and it's probably useless.

Oh, and it's sold at Christmas grin

It was quite funny, and very close to the bone for shit-Christmas-gift-buyers.

BOF Tue 05-Nov-13 18:38:07

I think that was Dave Gorman's show- Modern Life Is Goodish (?).

Maryz Tue 05-Nov-13 18:44:42

Oh, yes, it might have been that.

I just hear those shows in the background as I mumsnet do useful things around the house grin

It was very apt, I thought.

mrsjay Tue 05-Nov-13 18:47:24

she kind of descends into Christmas Rage and hits the Wilkinsons soap isle and we all get bath pearls..

^ ^ made me laugh that is what my mum does she starts of well a nice cardi ( i like a cardi) and maybe some Pjs and then it just goes bonkers and you end up with lavander soap sets she must just panic

Dobbiesmum Tue 05-Nov-13 18:52:42

come to think of it last year I got a tub of bath things a.bit like bath salts but hard little pebbles in rainbow colours. A bit like grit but pink and blue. They don't dissolve and you end up with an arse that looks like it's been pebbledashed...

Maryz Tue 05-Nov-13 18:52:49

My mum bought all her teenage grandsons rude boxers from Primark one year.

Admittedly she gives them €50 each as well, but I really wondered at the appropriateness of some of them. I can only think she didn't read the logos properly.

mrsjay Tue 05-Nov-13 18:55:28

bit like grit but pink and blue. They don't dissolve and you end up with an arse that looks like it's been pebbledashed...

,[grin i have had those I think they are called bath crystals i bunged themdown the toilet bowl sparkled for days

mrsjay Tue 05-Nov-13 18:56:24

she saw those round tables maryz and just went round picking up mum once got dd 5 thongs from primark she was 10 shock

Sparklingbrook Tue 05-Nov-13 18:57:32

Men get stuff like this given to them. hmm

Eww bath salts=gritty bum. sad

mrsjay Tue 05-Nov-13 19:01:39

my bathroom cupboard is full of bath sets for dh doesnt use it infact i might donate the deodorants out of it, body spray doesnt go out of date does it

Maryz Tue 05-Nov-13 19:01:46

Yes, exactly, mrsjay.

Having said that, last year they all got Bawbags which went down a storm.

mrsjay Tue 05-Nov-13 19:02:25

omg grin

DownstairsMixUp Tue 05-Nov-13 19:04:51
IamInvisible Tue 05-Nov-13 19:43:43

WTF Downstairs? shock

Why, just why? Who in their right mind is going to pay almost £12 for a sack of fake shit? confused

Sparklingbrook Tue 05-Nov-13 19:45:34

shock It's not even funny. Who buys this stuff? confused

UseHerName Tue 05-Nov-13 19:54:40

this thread is hilarious grin

Milliways Tue 05-Nov-13 19:58:59

Loving this thread. I saw this delight in a shop today - but the packaging makes it look like an innocent duck!

Sparklingbrook Tue 05-Nov-13 20:03:49

What on earth is that meant to be Milli? Just why?

What do you think of this? confused 'Funny' and 'Gift set' shouldn't be allowed.

DownstairsMixUp Tue 05-Nov-13 20:26:19

I've no idea. After seeing that I typed poo in the search bar (like you do) and narrowed it to gifts and gadgets. There were still 17 gifts to do with shit. WHY!!

I can imagine my previous 13 year old self would find that hilarious sparkling but other than that, I really can't think who would pay money for that! hmm

Sparklingbrook Tue 05-Nov-13 20:27:10

Shit presents Downstairs. grin Sums it up nicely.

phantomnamechanger Tue 05-Nov-13 20:29:10

oh yuk at that bath duck - that's the kind of gift an elderly nana would buy a toddler thinking it had a nice useful handle, or something!

mrspremise Tue 05-Nov-13 21:43:04

Matalan today. Actual stiletto-shaped bottle filled with 'preserved chillies in chilli vinegar'. I had to leave, and may never go back... confused

Sparklingbrook Tue 05-Nov-13 21:46:08

O.M.G. mrsp was it this? shock I don't know what to say.....

'Ideal gift for a loved one' sad

IamInvisible Tue 05-Nov-13 21:46:17

Everyone wants [http://www.menkind.co.uk/nose-shower-gel-dispenser this]] in the bathroom!hmm

IamInvisible Tue 05-Nov-13 21:46:54
IamInvisible Tue 05-Nov-13 21:51:00

this'll be in the sales!

Sparklingbrook Tue 05-Nov-13 21:52:29

Lobe the blurb invisible-

Ideal for morbidly themed parties or morbidly minded people.

Happy Christmas!!

Sparklingbrook Tue 05-Nov-13 21:52:41

*Love

phantomnamechanger Tue 05-Nov-13 21:54:38

LOL at snot shower gel dispenser, I have an 8yo who would find that hilarious

Sparklingbrook Tue 05-Nov-13 21:57:50

I think I should but that snot thing for DB. He has brand new bathrooms, all marble black and chrome. It would look great. grin

IamInvisible Tue 05-Nov-13 22:03:40

There's a whole site of naff gifts.

I'm buying this for FIL, because he'd hate it, and I don't like him!

alemci Tue 05-Nov-13 22:05:14

Baldy Buffer - that is hilarious. You've made my day. grin

IamInvisible Tue 05-Nov-13 22:08:39

OMG handy for after the sprouts at Christmas lunch! grin

youretoastmildred Tue 05-Nov-13 22:09:33

There should be a kind of honour-system protection-racket thing where your SIL sends you a photo of the shoe / cava thing, or mini Baileys thing, and says "oi, you're lucky you're not getting this. Send £16 to Shelter / RSPCA NAAAAAAAAAH" and everybody does and it is the twoo meaning of Cwithmath (soppy), but no one actually buys this shit

DownstairsMixUp Tue 05-Nov-13 22:23:44

The mini alcohol sets are rubbish. YOU CLEARLY DONT KNOW ME IF YOU THINK A SHOT OF VODKA IS OK. Them gift sets ard usually minimum a tenner. If i got the receipt id refund and exchange for a litre and top up with my own money! Bloomin rip off is what it is.

MarmaladeBatkins Tue 05-Nov-13 22:30:05

Bath sets where the mini bottles of bubble bath/body cream always come inside a miniature plastic bath. WTAF are you meant to do with the miniature bath afterwards?

Cookery sets with all the things in to make a dinner, except for the useful things. So a pizza set will come with a tub of dried sawdusty herbs, a bag of dough mixture, but no mozzarella or salami.

Michael McIntyre DVDS.

Things like miniature cookbooks, of which there are 20, and come in a massive box and therefore cannot be stored anywhere. So they must go to the charity shop and your mum who bought them moans about you being ungrateful.

DuffyMoon Tue 05-Nov-13 22:32:36

I like the fact that the shoe phone holder combo says the shoe is for decorative purposes only less you go mad and try and force your foot into it a la Cinderella

Sparklingbrook Tue 05-Nov-13 22:37:16

Yy to the mini bath Marmalade. grin

Look at the price of this little gem of a gift.

<arf> at 'Cinderella'.

MarmaladeBatkins Tue 05-Nov-13 22:37:36

The one criteria that everyone should adhere to when choosing a present is this; can you only buy this item at christmas?

If yes, step away, because things that you can only buy at christmas are shite.

You can buy things like scarves, aftershave, perfume, books, diaries, photo frames, cds, magazine subscriptions ALL YEAR ROUND. You can only buy a miniature bottle of Malibu inside a glass with 6 Malibu flavoured chocolates for £6.99 at christmas. Step away.

Unless you are buying for a shitehawk then go for it.

DuffyMoon Tue 05-Nov-13 22:38:36

Shitehawk grin

MarmaladeBatkins Tue 05-Nov-13 22:39:23

TWELVE POUNDS??? TWELVE POUNDS for three bags of popcorn?! What the FLIP? Who actually buys this and thinks a: I'm getting a good deal here and b: so and so will REALLY LOVE THIS?

Who?

MarmaladeBatkins Tue 05-Nov-13 22:41:07

Oh I do apologise, 6 bags of popcorn.

Of course, that's an amazing price 6 bags of popcorn for £1 in Home Bargains, people

DownstairsMixUp Tue 05-Nov-13 22:42:04

That is shocking! Bhs are really up there on the 'top shops to go for shit presents'

morethanpotatoprints Tue 05-Nov-13 22:47:36

Marmalade

Unless you are really rich or house proud and wouldn't stoop so low grin

The mini bath which I have received on occasion has a good use as a holder for flannels, or sponges or other tat in loos/bathrooms.

Just thought I'd say.

Sparklingbrook Tue 05-Nov-13 22:48:34
writingmynamewithsparklers Tue 05-Nov-13 22:49:03

YES! YABVU. I lurve Christmas tat and could spend HOURS in the Christmas department bit of BHS.
If it's back already then I guess I'm having a trip to the nearest BHS sharpish! grin

Sparklingbrook Tue 05-Nov-13 22:50:18

writing nooooo!! shock

mrscynical Tue 05-Nov-13 22:51:17

I've been in M&S every day this week (including one in a nearby town) and they keep trying to flog these ridiculous metal, musical, revolving Christmas trees that are about 9 inches high. They are there by the cashier in the food department. They are apparently "half price" at £4.99 but I never noticed them before at £10 so don't think they were ever priced at that.

Anyway, they are shite.

Coveredinweetabix Tue 05-Nov-13 22:52:42

But it wouldn't be Christmas without a stroll around the temple of tat that is the ground floor of BHS on Oxford St. It fascinates me. And the people who are in there in November with baskets full of items fascinate me even more. Surely these would only be last minute desperate purchases rather than something you'd buy eight weeks in advance.
I'm glad I'm not the only one who hates smellies. I thought I was odd in not liking them until I read this thread. Last year, I got given both Jo Malone and Molten Brown smellies but neither of them in scents that I like. I didn't know until I started using the "old rose" (or similarly named) Jo Malone shower gel that there was anything in that shop that I could possibly dislike but there is. I wince each morning when I use it and wish I'd had the sense to re-gift it.
If anyone comes up with a use for body lotions, please let me know. I have about 50,000 unopened bottles of the stuff.

DownstairsMixUp Tue 05-Nov-13 22:52:45

That is essentially a jam jar and some sweets from the newsagent.

Strumpetron Tue 05-Nov-13 22:52:45

Can I ask you all what do you do with your 'tat'?

it'd be good if we could all donate it to people who'd appreciate it more than ourselves.

OwlinaTree Tue 05-Nov-13 22:54:12

Now thanks to sparkling and neversleeps we have a pair of shoes!

phantomnamechanger Tue 05-Nov-13 22:54:14

Oh yes the retro sweets in jars - rip off city - 16 packs of fizzers for £5 or something , handful of flying saucers for £5. Bonkers!! Go to the £1 shop and fill yer sack full!

Maryz Tue 05-Nov-13 22:54:20

I offer it as "raffle" prizes for various sport's club fundraisers.

You know those ones where you buy five tickets for a pound, and then the multiple winners collect the prizes.

The last one I was at in a January had about 30 prizes, all "gifts" I'm sure. But on the bright side, the raffle raised 300 quid.

Sparklingbrook Tue 05-Nov-13 22:56:19

Is there a 'tat swap thread' on MN after Christmas? Like Noel and Cheggers used to do?

writingmynamewithsparklers Tue 05-Nov-13 22:58:41

writing nooooo!!

grin

Yes. You know those dancing reindeer things that if you press its paw will dance and sing "Jingle Bell Rocks" to you or whatever?
I even LOVE those and may press them in the shop and run away
Got a dancing Santa and Rudolph that when you press it sings a Christmas tune which comes out every year.
Although I do feel like 'mysteriously' losing its batteries by the time it's the rear end of Christmas grin

Maryz Tue 05-Nov-13 22:59:14

The trouble is that no-one at all actually wants any of it. So it isn't a matter of swapping tat that one person might not like, but another might use.

The vast majority of it could go round in circles all year (and some of it does) without being used by anyone.

Strumpetron Tue 05-Nov-13 22:59:55

There was a thread a couple of years ago where people gave away unwanted items. I gave some stuff away, and lovely Mumsnetters gave me a brand new pair of trainers and some books :D

NotCitrus Tue 05-Nov-13 23:16:34

My local charity shops love toiletries and tat (low-income area desperate for donations), as they just price them all at 50p and they sell, despite head office telling them not to bother.

I gave away loads of mini toiletries once on Freecycle - a nursing home wanted them to use as bingo prizes.

MIL is a huge tat fan and loves to buy 'useful' things for all the family especially 'bargains'. This means she donates thousands to charity shops each year, given that 99% of gifts go straight back to one, but does lead to much amusement when unwrapping. The 4-foot pink vibrator that doubled up as a belt was entertaining. And the year La Senza had a closing-down sale so everyone got Lingerie Tat Gift Items.

Work have thankfully given up on Secret Santa after the year when everyone was incredibly sensible and 20 lots of chocolate got rotated.

Horsemad Tue 05-Nov-13 23:17:52

grin at this thread - soooo funny!

I usually donate all tat to the Tombola stall for school fair... and keep my fingers x'd that the DC don't win it back! grin

writingmynamewithsparklers Tue 05-Nov-13 23:23:17

The only 'tat' I don't like to receive though is the bath smellies. As I have ridiculous skin and am allergic to everything in them. sad
They'd be lovely if I could make use out of them though!
Now the stuff like miniature wine bottles in sparkly shoes that double as a mobile phone holder I would LOVE. smile

dementedma Tue 05-Nov-13 23:24:08

To the poster with all the unwanted toiletries - find your nearest Salvation Army Life house and donate. They will distribute to people who will get nothing this Christmas -tat or otherwise

RhondaJean Tue 05-Nov-13 23:29:00

The m and s tree thing is a rather lovely biscuit tin full of m and s biscuits.

I love this type of stuff. I'll wait til it goes half price though.

I do draw the line at the bag of poo, that's nonsense.

writingmynamewithsparklers Tue 05-Nov-13 23:33:36

To the poster with all the unwanted toiletries - find your nearest Salvation Army Life house and donate. They will distribute to people who will get nothing this Christmas -tat or otherwise

That's a good idea, thanks will keep that in mind. So say if I got a bath smelly set this year off well meaning friends, would Salvation Army accept them all year round (ie in January?)

SkyBlueSky Tue 05-Nov-13 23:35:44

For all the unloved smellies, try your local homeless shelter. Our nearest is desperate for individual soaps, shampoos and body washes. A great day out for the family come Boxing Day a la It's A Wonderful Life.

SkyBlueSky Tue 05-Nov-13 23:36:13

X post

Bogeyface Tue 05-Nov-13 23:36:23

You know whats worse than tat?

A really lovely, well thought out gift that you think "Oh shit, what am I going to do with that?"

Mum bought me and my BIL (both foodies) pasta makers. They are a MASSIVE PITA. Neither of us like them or use them and yet we both know that she bought them thinking we would like them.

That is a right bastard, because you cant recycle without feeling awful and you have to lie and say that yes you have used and yes you love it!

Doinmummy Tue 05-Nov-13 23:58:39

these

I so want a pair

Sparklingbrook Wed 06-Nov-13 06:51:12

[gtin] Doin. Awful and expensive. Lovely.

Sparklingbrook Wed 06-Nov-13 06:51:26

grin even

mrsjay Wed 06-Nov-13 08:49:59

Yes. You know those dancing reindeer things that if you press its paw will dance and sing "Jingle Bell Rocks" to you or whatever?

we have a singing penguin who sounds like Elvis it is fab grin

mrsjay Wed 06-Nov-13 08:52:02

hat's a good idea, thanks will keep that in mind. So say if I got a bath smelly set this year off well meaning friends, would Salvation Army accept them all year round (ie in January?)

yes

Maryz Wed 06-Nov-13 08:53:24

Yes Bogey.

It's terrible when someone goes to a lot of trouble and time to buy something that they really think you will like, and you don't.

My brother bought my parents a very expensive and complicated coffee machine a couple of years ago, capable of making all sorts of different things. Within a couple of days they were back to instant, and it has just sat in a corner taking up space every since.

LaQueenOfTheDamned Wed 06-Nov-13 08:56:47

Yep, 2 words to strike despair into the heart of anyone Gift Set - I recall receiving a festive gift set from an ex's Mum who clearly hated me

It comprised of a tin of festive talc, 3 origami wrapped festive soaps and a co-ordinating festive pen adorned with a sprig of plastic holly hmm

I have no idea why the festive pen was included in the gift set unless it was to more easily enable you to dash off a quick suicide note, as you spriralled into a maelstrom of despair at receiving such shitty tat?

AChristmassyJerseySpud Wed 06-Nov-13 09:04:46

We have a singing chipmunk that raps 'its christmas' to ice ice baby.

that was from mil for DH

Thankfully the kids love it

mrsjay Wed 06-Nov-13 09:08:03

i want a chimpmuunk

champagnesupernova2 Wed 06-Nov-13 09:09:30

My sister who is normally quite sane buys those xmas pudding bin bags.
<head desk>

Maryz Wed 06-Nov-13 09:13:54

I want a chipmonk too

At least the pen was useful, LaQ.

I rather like the Christmas pudding bin bags blush

fuzzpig Wed 06-Nov-13 09:18:32

My mum bought all her teenage grandsons rude boxers from Primark one year.

Could be worse... DH's ex gave their son (20 at the time) a willy care kit for Xmas last year. <boak>

(Sorry I'm not going to link to it as it'd really mess up my amazon recommendations hmm)

Pennyacrossthehall Wed 06-Nov-13 10:43:25

MarmaladeBatkins The one criteria that everyone should adhere to when choosing a present is this; can you only buy this item at christmas? If yes, step away, because things that you can only buy at christmas are shite.

That is a 100% perfect rule.

Ev1lEdna Wed 06-Nov-13 10:57:08

I think you are all bah humbug scrooges grin I love all manner of Christmas tat. I totally adore the whole tackiness of it, just for Christmas mind you, not at any other time. It drives OH mad. I can't recall who said it earlier up thread about mini things being bad but I also love all things mini. One of the things I love about Christmas most is small food (party food).

Tis the season to eat small food fa la la la la la la la laaaaaaaaaaaaa

So there wink

Sparklingbrook Wed 06-Nov-13 12:08:26

I hope someone gets you the 'Chilli Shoe' Edna. grin

LaQueenOfTheDamned Wed 06-Nov-13 13:45:22

It wasn't useful Mary the attached sprig of plastic holly pricked your hand when you tried to write hmm

Ev1lEdna Wed 06-Nov-13 13:54:03

Sparkling They probably will now and I will come back on here and complain because Christmas has passed grin (It will probably serve me right for calling a whole thread of people Bah humbug scrooges!)

Bogeyface Wed 06-Nov-13 14:24:46

Thanks to this thread my google ads are insane!

Never click on a link, never click on a link.........

Will I ever learn? hmm

Sparklingbrook Wed 06-Nov-13 14:28:40

What are they selling you Bogey? What have you bought? grin

Bogeyface Wed 06-Nov-13 14:33:18

I havent bought anything but I am now being persued by BHS and M&S with all manner of tat, including Marmite stuff in the wrong colours grin

mrsjay Thu 07-Nov-13 09:07:15

do it bogey your family willlove the tatt grin

TheBitchesOfWeestick Fri 08-Nov-13 16:27:39

Just to revive this thread Sparklingbrook, I received a Handpicked Collection catalogue today that is plainly the middle class version of Christmas tat. Fuck knows why I have been signed up for this, I don't remember shopping at Pedlars, but anyway it is here and as I saw I could be spending £14.95 on a pair of Liberty print shoelaces I thought of you grin

Pagwatch Fri 08-Nov-13 16:39:26

Look - look what I found in Boots.

This is the ultimate gift set.
What says Christmas better than the micro pedi gift set

A gift and an insult all in one - merry Christmas you fucking hobbit. Ho ho ho.

Sparklingbrook Fri 08-Nov-13 16:44:15

Ooh I need to look at that Bitches.

Merry Christmas!! Now sort your trotters out! grin Pag

mrsjay Fri 08-Nov-13 19:09:53

(boak) @micropedi oh god that is disgusting I heard my sister sand her feet with her pedi thing the other week when i was at my mums i almost passed out ,

mrsjay Fri 08-Nov-13 19:10:28

grin @merry christmas you hobbit

mrsjay Fri 08-Nov-13 19:11:47

I want sparrow egg magnets from handpicked i have no idea what they are but I want them

mrsjay Fri 08-Nov-13 19:18:04

Handpicked (which i am loving) have an embroidered lingerie bag do posh people keep their knickers in a linen bag because they are not from primark expenisve hmm

littlesquid Sat 09-Nov-13 16:20:14
ChipAndSpud Sat 09-Nov-13 16:25:35

Next year SIL is soooo getting something from BHS for Christmas....mwahahaha!

Sparklingbrook Sat 09-Nov-13 16:42:22

I need to look at Handpicked I think.

I have been to Wilko today. They have owl and fox Christmas cards. confused

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