The annual bad Christmas gifts report

It’s that time of year when we buy gifts for friends, family, and our favorite authors. (Not that I’m asking or anything, but chocolate is the food of muses.) As I search for gift ideas of my own, I can’t help but come across some items that make me wonder, “Who in their right mind green-lighted this project?” Actually, I think that several times while flipping through Christmas catalogs.

So here is the list of things that will get you on the naughty list if you give them to your loved ones as gifts:

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Animal butt magnets. I guess this is for all of those people who don’t already have enough butts in their lives. (Personally, my quota is filled.)


day clock

Here is a day-of-the-week clock for 39.95. Seriously. Instead of telling you the hour, it tells you what day it is. I have a piece of advice for you: if you need a clock to tell you the day, perhaps it’s time to stop drinking.

blog sippy wine glass

For a mere 19.95 you can have an acrylic, no-spill sippy wine glass. Again, if you need a sippy cup to keep your wine from spilling, it’s really time to stop drinking.


This might look like a bottle of wine, but it’s really a cleverly disguised umbrella. What a great gift. Who wouldn’t want to walk down the street clutching a wine bottle every time it looks like rain?

The advertisement for these next items proclaims: Never throw away a paper plate or cup again. These lightweight, unbreakable, ecofriendly, picnic pieces are completely reusable and dishwasher safe. (40.00 for the set)



Don’t we already have these? They’re called “real dishes”. Why would anyone buy fake paper plates, especially ones that look infested with ants? Although maybe someone on your Christmas list is trying to get themselves uninvited from future picnic get-togethers.

denim planter

For a mere 59.95, you can buy this denim planter. Be the first one on your block to look like someone died and decomposed in your yard!

light up skull

For those of you who can’t get enough Day-of-the-Dead decor, 24.95 will buy you this skull wall accent whose eyes light up whenever it senses motion. Gifts say something about the giver. This one says, “I’m possessed. And I hate you!”

Speaking of impressions you want to give your neighbors, here are some things you can buy if you want to convince your neighbors that you may in fact be either insane or dangerous or both.

Fake creepy stalker to attach to one of your trees.

garden peeker

Even worse fake creepy stalker to attach to one of your trees.

blog tree hugger

Zombie gnome. No more needs to be said.

blog zombie gnome

This next item may be the creepiest gift of the season. The add states: Start a trend with this adorable crossbody bag. The 3-D lenticular eye winks at people as you pass them.


Okay, you will not start a trend with an eyeball crossbody bag. You may start a stampede away from  you, though. I think the memorable term in the add is “Body bag” as in: people will wonder what other body parts you are toting around.

I had to add this ornament that my husband got at an ornament exchange. It’s like a Minotaur that had plastic surgery. Who at the ornament company thought: Hey, I know what people will love–a unicorn in sparkly overall shorts and knee socks?


You know what would make a really great Christmas gift for someone you love? This book:Slayers coverOh, yeah, and this book too. Echo in Time comes out Dec 23rd.

Echo in TimeWell, from  me–and all the other dyslexics in the world, I hope you have a Merry Christmas!

(Hey, at least it didn’t say Satan . . .)

To see past year’s bad gifts,  you can check out these blogs


  1. Tiana Smith
    December 8, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Oh my. These are some of the worst I’ve seen (and that includes your past posts of awful gifts). What are some people thinking? I agree – your books are much safer bets. And I can’t wait for Echo to come out!

  2. Janette Rallison
    December 8, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Tiana, your loved ones are sure to have a better Christmas than some folks. (I’m trying to imagine the lucky recipient of fake-ant-infested paper plates.) Hope you like Echo in Time!

  3. Marissa
    December 9, 2013 at 1:46 am

    I was planning to buy a new book or two at the beginning of my Christmas shopping to read on the bus rides for the rest of the day and was hoping it could be Echo in Time, but my shopping day is scheduled for this Friday. Because that’s the day I have off. I guess I’ll just have to find something else to read.

    And now I’m wondering just how creepy it would be if I put my internet stalking abilities to work to find your home address and actually mail you some chocolates.

  4. Janette Rallison
    December 9, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Yeah, I was frustrated by the late release date too. Dec 23? At least it will be available for all the people who get ereaders for Christmas. And stalkers are allowed if they send chocolate.

  5. Beedubbs
    December 9, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Heehee, I love it when you do these!

    My favorite this time was the unicorn!

    • Janette Rallison
      December 9, 2013 at 11:15 pm

      The ornament was actually “stolen” from my husband at the ornament exchange. And so then he chose the ewok ornaments. Seriously. He went for the violent teddy bears. Sigh.

  6. Rebecca Shelley
    December 9, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Okay, I totally totally need that day of the week clock, and I don’t even drink Coka Cola. But I have children in two different schools and one school has early day on Wednesday, and the other has early day on Friday. If I mess up which day and which kids and which school, it is very ugly.

    • Janette Rallison
      December 9, 2013 at 11:16 pm

      I’m beyond needing the clock. I need a personal secretary.

  7. Wendy Archibald
    December 9, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Best. Guide. Ever.

    I, too, can’t wait to get my hands on Echo. (The book! Honest!)

    • Janette Rallison
      December 9, 2013 at 11:17 pm

      Isn’t Echo just darling on the book? Hope you like it!

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