I used to think that getting a crappy Christmas gift was a reflection on the bad judgment and lack of creativity of the giver of said gift. And, in some cases, it is—the plastic bag of anti-aging Avon cosmetics for a woman with a “medium to dark” complexion that my mean aunt gave me when I was a freckle-faced 13-year-old comes to mind. But other times, a bad gift isn’t so much an indictment of the person giving the gift, but rather a reflection of what the giver of the gift really thinks of you. And needless to say, what the gift is reflecting is probably not good. Luckily, we (I) are (am) here to tell you, unequivocally, what your shitty holiday gifts reveal about the subconscious of others. I’ve honed these sussing-out skills over years of being an unknowable twentysomething banker dick who once a year paid a visit to my sweet family in the North only to return home with gifts that reflected a hopefulness they felt for me that I did not feel for myself. I make this list not so you can belittle or scoff at the probably well-intentioned people in your life, but rather so… Read full this story
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