I’m back with more ridiculous items from the same catalog I shared with you last week, if you missed the first installment you can read it here.
Every where we turn there is some one trying to sell us something we just NEED to have. We are entering the busiest consumer spending time of the year. No longer are we bombarded with sales and ads for Christmas shopping from Thanksgiving to Christmas Day, but now the stores are stocking Christmas items from September 1st on. Here are some items not to buy this year.
There is decorating for the holidays, or seasons, and then there is decorating. I like to add a red throw, put out some candles and have a clean home with smells of delicious foods cooking. What I wouldn’t like is a set of toilet covers that make sounds. This choice of a turkey (which says gobble, gobble, gobble) or Santa (who chuckles Ho Ho Ho). Can you say tacky?
Last week I shared with you an obsession over shoes which was specifically directed at women, but this motorcycle wine holder seems to be the male version to grab your money.
For the hunters, there was a set of 3 camouflage rolls of toilet paper. Just because you have a hobby or sport you enjoy doesn’t mean you need to have it printed on your toilet paper, something you flush away. Isn’t golf supposed to be a mature sport? Well, not according to the gifts I found for golfers
Children find bodily functions hilarious. If they didn’t the whoopee cushion wouldn’t still be sold generation after generation. But does a golfer need to hear farting noises when practicing their putting? What does farting and putting have to do with each other?
Don’t forget to purchase an alarm clock this year for at least one person on your gift list. You can choose from a piece of bacon that sizzles or a farting boy to (and I’m quoting the ad here) “Fart your day off right” Seriously???
I love animals, all animals. When I had pets I bought something for them for Christmas. Today I make sure to give the wild life around me a treat by leaving carrot tops for the bunnies, or making a bird feeder with peanut butter and seed. What I won’t do when giving a treat to an animal is test their I.Q. with these. Look at the sad face on the puppy, he’s not enjoying this one bit.
Not to leave out the cat lovers, here is a battery-powered toy that simulates a mouse moving under the fabric to drive your cat crazy.
And for the bird lovers, don’t waste your money buying a real parrot you will have to train and feed. Now you can buy a talking battery operated parrot that will even perch on your finger. Isn’t this the creepiest thing you’ve ever seen?
Jewelry is a fall back gift when you have no idea what to buy for a woman in your life. First does she need more jewelry? The next question is why would you give LED light up earrings as a gift. If I want a lights I’ll turn on a flashlight.
You’ve decided against buying the earrings? You think a locket would be better. Please don’t buy me this locket. Inside this locket is a very tiny vial which is designed to carry the ashes of your loved ones. First please tell me how you fill this vial without making a mess. Second, yuck! I love every person I have ever lost, but I have found other ways to keep them alive in my heart and memories.
I may sound like a Grinch but I adore Dr. Seuss’ Grinch, just don’t ask me to wear clothes with attached Grinch booties.
When it comes to toys for children I am very picky. This particular toy really bothers me. These toy guns come in blue or pink when we start giving children guns I don’t think we need to identify them by a gender color. The next problem I have with these is the “bullets” are marshmallows. It is advertised as an outdoor toy. There are parts of the world where not even clean drinking water is available, yet we are so lucky we can buy sugary food to shoot and leave to decompose. Where I live, nothing like this would decompose, it would be eaten by the wildlife that share the land with us, do we really want to feed them sugary marshmallows?
And if that isn’t bad enough let’s teach our children how to tattoo their bodies. No, I have nothing against tattoos, I have one, my one son and his wife have them. I bought temporary tattoos for my children and now grand children. But this goes too far. This kit comes with a battery operated tattoo gun that simulates the up and down movement of a real tattoo. Will my grandchildren ever get a real, permanent tattoo when they are older, maybe and maybe not, but do they really need to practice giving themselves tattoos? What do you think?
I may have a small home, but even I can find a way to put household items away. Please do me a favor, don’t use your vacuum as a decoration. Not only is this in poor taste, a vacuum holds the dust and dirt from your home, it is not a sealed appliance, everything in there can affect the air quality of your home. Do you really think these are attractive?
If you live where you have winter, I do, you will know what it looks like to have snow falling. If you miss having snow for the holidays, trust me this $60 light box won’t give you the feeling of a white Christmas, save your money and accept the weather you are blessed with.
How are you doing on the challenge to come in under budget this Christmas?
I have already gotten a good majority of my shopping done. I budgeted $35 for each adult (my two boys and their wives) and $40 per child. So far I have the gift for my son, what he wanted I found for $10, for his wife, I spent $20. For the children I am way under budget and pleased with how things are coming along.
For the little girls who love their Barbie dolls, I am making them each a wardrobe of clothes. I am crocheting each item which will include pants, skirts, dresses, coats, hats. and more. But with a doll so small it doesn’t take much yarn to complete an article of clothing. Instead of buying several colors of yarn I made a phone call to a good friend who does a lot more crocheting than I do. I asked her if she had any leftover yarn from some of her past projects and explained what I was doing Here’s what she sent down.
While the little one saw the yarn that was sent down to me, she doesn’t know what I am doing with it. I won’t have to buy any yarn to complete Barbie’s clothes. Which saves me quite a bit right there on the budget.
How do you stay on budget for the holidays?
How will you meet the challenge to spend less than you budgeted for?