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To resent being given two rotating musical biscuit tins?

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weekendalmostover Tue 10-Dec-13 10:49:42

I now have two of these tins, from M&S, in the shape of Xmas trees. They play an annoyingly tinny rendition of Jingle Bells when you rotate them. What am I meant to do with the tins when the biscuits have gone? They're too ugly for ornaments, even at Christmas, too awkwardly shaped for storage, and while they might amuse the kids for all of 5 minutes, there's a label on the bottom which says they shouldn't be used as toys.

After Christmas they will go into the recycling bin, along with thousands of others, but I suspect that a lot more energy will have been used to manufacture and recycle them than the equivalent for a cardboard box.

If M&S is serious about its flagship 'Plan A' environment policy then I think it should be collecting the tins in January for re-use in next year's Christmas tat-flog.

weekendalmostover Tue 10-Dec-13 10:52:40

BTW, here's a link to a photo of the tin. Looks like they're sold out so thankfully I won't be encouraging any more sales by pointing people to the page.

SomethingkindaOod Tue 10-Dec-13 10:55:49

Well if you take the tree bit off you could give them to a golfer for some Christmas putting practice? Lie them on their side and they would be perfect to hit golf balls into... grin
Seriously though I love a bit of Christmas tat but these seem pointless.

Grennie Tue 10-Dec-13 11:03:52

I like these personally. Have toyed with the idea of buying one, but they are pretty expensive. I would use them as my biscuit tin.

weekendalmostover Tue 10-Dec-13 11:04:26

Hah! I've just had a brainwave and remembered the annual PTA collection of unwanted gifts in January. The tins will be safely stored in the school shed, ready to be filled with sweets and sold off next December at the "give your kids £2.50 so they can buy you a present" stall at school. Fellow parents beware!

Joysmum Tue 10-Dec-13 11:04:31

YABU to 'resent' being given them. It's nice to be given things, even if things aren't to your taste.

I've had all sorts of shit presents (from my dad mostly) that are clearly what he loves, but not my thing. I certainly don't resent it at all.

SomethingkindaOod Tue 10-Dec-13 11:05:51

Remind me to be very watchful at the Secret Santa stall next year at school... grin

ViviPru Tue 10-Dec-13 11:10:37

They're nowhere near as bad as I anticipated from your OP. I was all ready to bowl in with support, I agree that very tacky, useless gifts are worthy of resent. These are not really to my taste but I guess if I were given these they'd go in the box of decorations to be pulled out at Christmas time. Perhaps two would be a bit worthy of an inner eye-roll...

jumperooo Tue 10-Dec-13 11:13:07

Ha ha, we've been given one of these. The music goes on forever!

Chivetalking Tue 10-Dec-13 11:17:19

They epitomise the overpriced tat the marketing department spend all year hoping will part fools from their money but I wouldn't resent being given them. Biscuits, innit? grin

Xfirefly Tue 10-Dec-13 11:20:20

haha very much laughing to myself as MIL was bought one 2 years ago and it has been in the living room since ( she is hoarder queen)..and she tried to give it to us other day for dd as it played the music ( hastily declined grin )

ZeViteVitchofCwismas Tue 10-Dec-13 11:21:04

how ungrateful I would have loved these, no one gives me anything. I DONT THINK they are ugly either. they would look nice under the tree on xmas day....

NoComet Tue 10-Dec-13 11:23:02

I can think of a home for that on my dresser or a book case, were I suspect it's just the right scale.

However, finding somewhere to store it. I have a loft full of those already!

MrsSparkles Tue 10-Dec-13 11:23:25

I was given one last year - 2 yr old DD loves it - she can turn it herself and dance - hours of fun. You're really being a bit ungrateful....

HeadlessHeadmistress Tue 10-Dec-13 11:24:44

We have one too.
The biscuits were shit as well. Not a big fan of shortbread in this house.
But 6 yo adores the tin so it can go to live in her room after xmas.

bundaberg Tue 10-Dec-13 11:25:31

i think they're great! i'd keep one and use it for biscuits/sweets each christmas

WallaceWindsock Tue 10-Dec-13 11:26:51

I want one! No one gives me exciting things like this! I can't justify buying one myself as I don't think we have budgeted for musical biscuit tins grin

sandfrog Tue 10-Dec-13 11:27:36

They sound wonderfully kitsch! grin

KateShmate Tue 10-Dec-13 11:29:03

I got one this year for my DD's to have on Xmas Eve - they found it last weekend which I'm actually quite pleased about as it has provided hours of entertainment already! They love that darn Christmas tree!

BrianTheMole Tue 10-Dec-13 11:30:23

I was going to say yabu, but after seeing the picture yanbu at all. grin

TinselinaBumSquash Tue 10-Dec-13 11:32:10

We have 2, I'm putting one in the hamper for DP's family, we live them and we have the snow globe one too! :D

nethunsreject Tue 10-Dec-13 11:33:31

I bought myself one! Kids love it and it is cute imo.
It's a festive decoration. It's not meant to be a stylish!

Gladvent Tue 10-Dec-13 11:34:12

YABU. Did you want one filled with humbugs?!

BigToesofFrog Tue 10-Dec-13 11:36:48

YABU, they are fabulous! I don't like getting unnecessary presents generally, but I wouldn't object to this. You can eat the biscuits and the tin is fun. I would let the DC play with it - the label is just covering themselves.

Scarletohello Tue 10-Dec-13 11:41:49

Well OP, in the Xmas spirit, I think there are a few people here you could gift them

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