All I Want For Christmas is a Really Cool Tote

We’re into the second week of the big December giveaways, but first we have to announce the winner from last week. *insert drum roll here* And the statement earrings go to Patsy Nelson! Congratulations Patsy. I’ll be contacting you soon to get all the information I need to get these little baubles out to you.

Now we move on to week two, and any faithful reader needs a pretty bag in which to carry her books. And who is known for making pretty bags? Why, Vera Bradley of course.

VB Clementine Toteย 

That’s right. Up for grabs this week is this beautiful Vera Bradley tote in the clementine pattern. (It’s even cuter in person!) This contest runs until midnight Saturday night, December 20th, and all you have to do to enter is comment on this blog sharing the story of your worst Christmas present ever. Have you ever gotten something tacky or wacky or just plain strange? Tell us all about it.

Then after you comment, be sure to enter through the Rafflecopter contest form. If you don’t enter through Rafflecopter, you’re not in the official contest, so be sure not to miss that step.

I’ll get us started. One Christmas, during my middle school years, I received a couple eye liner pencils, and socks. That’s it. Nothing more. I then had to sit back and watch my little brother open present after present.


Your turn. Let’s talk crazy presents.

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79 thoughts on “All I Want For Christmas is a Really Cool Tote”

  1. bn100 says:

    haven’t gotten any weird ones

    1. Terri says:

      You’re lucky! I hope you never have a story of this nature to share. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Lauren H says:

    My late great grandmother use to send me sexy perfumes for christmas when I was like 8 . I thought that was so strange.

    1. Terri says:

      That is strange, Lauren. I guess that’s better than sending old lady perfumes?

  3. Luckily I’ve never received any weird gifts ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Terri says:

      Good for you, Dorene. Here’s hoping it stays that way!

  4. Sharlene Wegner says:

    I usually pick out my own presents & give them to my husband to wrap – mostly books (big surprise!) and CD’s. I haven’t gotten anything weird that I can remember, but the first year we were married, my mother-in-law sent my husband underwear! I told him to let her know that is his wife’s job now!

    1. Terri says:

      Whoa! That’s a mom who didn’t want to let go. lol

      1. Sharlene Wegner says:

        The funny thing is, I have a 22 year old son & before his birthday he asked if I would get him socks & underwear! LOL

  5. Well, my parents aren’t big into surprise presents, my dad is more the “tell me what you want and I buy it for you type” So mostly I get one thing I can’t afford on my own for Christmas.

    But I have had some … lets say what-where-you-thinking? presents, like the time my parents gave me a little clock shaped like a air ballon. I didn’t even wear a watch (still don’t, other than at work), but they felt like the perfect present for me was a clock… the thing was so loud it didn’t even let me sleep and wound up in a drawer somewhere after a couple of weeks.

    since then my mum sticks to pjs ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Terri says:

      Alex, were they trying to suggest you have a problem being on time? That is odd. I once worked as a DJ and got free CDs anytime I wanted. During that time, someone gave me a cassette as a present. This was the late 90s. O_o

  6. Kay Martinez says:

    I don’t really recall any weird presents, a couple of poor choice ones but no weird ones.

    1. Terri says:

      Kay, those poor choice ones make good stories, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Krysten M says:

    I once got a keychain for Christmas. I think I was maybe 9 or 10.. It’s not really weird, but definitely an odd present

    1. Terri says:

      Because clearly you were going to be driving soon.

  8. Sandy James says:

    It wasn’t a lack of presents, it was that my parents always thought they needed to get my sister and me the same things!!

  9. Terri says:

    Sandy, I had that same situation with my former mother-in-law. She was very sweet and meant well, but kept buying me the same things she’d buy her younger daughters. This is how I came to own a Backstreet Boys CD. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Jean McMurry says:

    The kids got together last year and got me a kindle fire hdx , great gift and I got to play with it all afternoon, then the granddaughters wanted to try it out. One of them took it home with her and I haven’t gotten it back yet. They keep saying they will get back to me, but it has not shown up yet.

    1. Terri says:

      Jean, they stole your Kindle Fire!!

  11. Sue C says:

    Sweaters. My daughter borrows them and never tells me. Then I go crazy looking for them.

  12. Tammy H says:

    What a beautiful tote bag. I love the colors. Reminds me of lying by the pool, reading a good book. Thank you for the chance to win.

  13. Tammy H says:

    My tackiest Christmas gift every was from my former brother-in-laws. They got me a wall clock that was two hearts joined together (red plastic) one had the clock inside and the other had some gold peacocks inside. It was horrible. But I hung it on my wall for awhile so I wouldn’t hurt their feelings.

  14. Judy Weaver says:

    I love Vera Bradley products. I got one for my birthday yesterday, but you can never have too many. I love their totes and this one is very pretty! Merry Christmas!!

  15. Tina M says:

    I got this towel that on one end it said dry butt here the other end said dry face here. Not a very nice gift but I do use it to step on after a shower.. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Kimberly Woodall says:

    I was given a makeup set when I was a teenager. Its full of glitter. I didn’t wear makeup back then so all of it just dried up.

    1. Terri says:

      That was probably for the best, Kimberly. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Felicia Ciaudelli says:

    For a pollyanna one year, I got a pair of ugly-colored pantyhose – LOL – another year, a friend gave us a Jose Carerras CD, which was nice, except this was obviously used and sitting around her house for some time – cracked case, and mom said it was dirty, too – as soon as our friend left mom threw the CD out – the same friend gave us a Garth Brooks box set one year – again, you could tell that either it was a gift SHE got and didn’t want, or she gave it to someone else and they gave it back to her – nothing against re-gifting, or against Garth, but we are not THAT much into country music to begin with!

    1. Terri says:

      This reminds me that I have a Garth Brooks box set that’s been collecting dust for at least a decade or more. I wonder who I can gift that to. LOL!

      A cracked CD case? That’s just tacky.

  18. Darlene says:

    I got a pair of slipper socks from my daughter when she was in first grade they had felt pieces glued on to make it look like rudolph. She was so thrilled to have gone shopping with my sister and use her own allowance to buy them that I told her how much I loved them and wore them all the time ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Terri says:

      You’re a good mom!

  19. Kathy P says:

    My first husband never bought me presents. That is why is not my husband anymore…well and many other reasons!

    Canadian…I’ll pay shipping if I win.

    1. Terri says:

      I’m not even going to touch this subject. lol

  20. Linda L says:

    The tote is beautiful! I love the colors! Thanks for the chance! One year my friend bought me a frilly apron, if you know me I am not a frilly person and I don’t wear aprons!

    1. Terri says:

      Linda, I’m not frilly either, and I barely cook, but for some reason, I really want one of those aprons. The pretty ones that go over your head and the whole bit.

      I don’t know why, but I really want one.

  21. Kelly B. says:

    I keep getting kitchen stuff for Christmas. Everything from a crockpot to towels and funky hot grips (some sort of weird gadget to use that is made of silicone). Are these people trying to tell me something or just making sure I have enough kitchen gadgets and such?!

    1. Terri says:

      Do you at least like to cook? I got a chopper last year, which did seem odd since I rarely make anything doesn’t come from a box or the freezer. Or both.

  22. susan beamon says:

    That is seriously beautiful. I would use it all summer for everything and all winter to remember summer.

  23. Bev Sten says:

    The weirdest thing I got was a vacuum cleaner from my then 15 yr old son. He had just started working at Home Depot. lol Who would think a 15 yr old boy would buy his mother a vacuum cleaner…. hmmm

    1. Terri says:

      Was it at least a really good vacuum cleaner? Oddly enough, this is what my mother wants for Christmas. It was her first request without hesitation.

  24. Barbara Tobey says:

    I was more apt to give wierd gifts than be the recipient. Bad example is giving my dad sexy underwear. I have given so many dumb things that nothing special stands out.

    1. Terri says:

      Barbara, I think you win for the most disturbing. And you were the giver. Huh.

  25. Terri says:

    Don’t forget that to be in the contest you need to make sure you enter through the Rafflecopter gadget. That’s where I’ll randomly pull the name.

  26. ellen schull says:

    It was a paper Mache mini bathtub from the hardware store. I don’t know if it was a jewelry holder or what….

    1. Terri says:

      I got nothin’. That’s truly weird.

  27. Sara Doyle says:

    When I was 16, my parents got me a set of pajamas that had penguins on it, but they didn’t check out the length of the shorts or whether or not the shirt was see through. Needless to say, those pajamas, were not worn around the house. LOL

    1. Terri says:

      Sounds like penguin lingerie. LOL!

  28. Jean White says:

    This was my first Christmas with my husband. Most of his family did not like me. Since there are so many people in his family with siblings and kids, they draw names and buy 1 present for this person. Back then the minimum to spend was $5 and the max was $10. I opened my present from his sister and it was a pair or pierced earrings. I do not have pierced ears. When I turned the earrings around so that everyone could see them, I saw the 49 cent price tag on them. Their mom also saw the price tag and glared at that sister. Later that day, his mom gave me another present that she “found” under the tree.

    1. Terri says:

      Wow. That’s mean. But nice save by the mom.

  29. Nancy C says:

    One year I got a tacky donkey cigarette holder that you lift the tail and it ejects a cigarette. Too tacky for me.

    1. Terri says:

      Oh my. That is by far the TACKIEST thing I’ve heard in a long time.

  30. Anne Rightler says:

    I have to say I am either blessed or have a very short memory! I can’t think of anything wacky that I got for Christmas. Altho, last year in a game of white elephant gifts, I got this really cool “stripper” lamp that my brother promptly stole and left me w/ a huge white snowman cookie jar!
    Thanks for sharing. The bag is beautifulโ€ฆperfect for a retirement giftโ€ฆto me. Retiring in 2 weeks. Yea! Here’s hoping.

    1. Terri says:

      Congratulations on your retirement, Anne. And on the cookie jar. ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. Lorie Glowania says:

    A beach towel. I was not going on vacation nor live anywhere near a beach

  32. Nancy says:

    This year from my mother-in-law (we celebrate Christmas with her in early December while she is visiting) I got a cute little purse with a pocket for a package of cigarettes…I have never smoked! The only thing I can figure is she thought is was a cell phone holder. I smiled and thanked her ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Brandy Bosquez says:

    Growing up every year my Grandma would give me pillow case for my birthday which is in late November. For Christmas I would get the pillow! Not fun for a kid.

  34. Julie Raye-Rod says:

    unfortunately, I dont have any wacky gift stories.

  35. Terri says:

    Julie, I’d say that’s a good thing.

  36. Tonya says:

    I got John Deere dishes from my husband for our first Christmas together. The thought was sweet because I had told him I wanted them although I didn’t mean for Christmas! Then last year I got a crock pot but I picked it and wrapped it. I love cooking and baking so I don’t mind getting those things now back then I was 21 and wanted other things more than dishes.

    1. Terri says:

      At least you know he was listening!

  37. Marie says:

    I think my aunt had gotten me confused with one of my cousins because one year I got a skateboarder’s dream package of boards and other gear. I’m a super girly girl and it was just really crazy because I don’t skateboard but it was really funny. My cousin is the skateboarder.

    1. Terri says:

      That would be awkward. Did you go ahead and pass it all off to the cousin?

  38. Debbie H. says:

    My in-laws go to Disney World a lot (they have a timeshare) and they brought us back Christmas presents. I got a Disney princess tea cup and tea while they showered gift upon gift on my husband. I thought that was tacky at the time because I’m not the sort to collect Disney princesses or tea cups. I really liked all the gifts my husband received though!

  39. Robyn K says:

    I got fake plastic pearls that he tried to pass off as real and a package of nail files. I don’t wear jewelry, and I don’t care if I chip or break a nail.

    1. Terri says:

      Now I have to know – is this inept gift-giver still around?

      1. Robyn K says:

        No, thankfully he’s no longer in the picture. Thank you for this awesome giveaway!

  40. Prasert says:

    Weird gifts. I would have to say the wackiest gift would be my son’s tennis pants that he made me. It was literally these bright neon pants that had like a 100 tennis balls glued to it. It was his gag gift to me

  41. The worst gift I got was from a guy I had been with, he decided he did not want to celebrate Christmas and then turned his frustration on me and said that I was to fat and ugly and he decided his gift to me was to tell me that hahahaha OH brother…. anyways… Uusally I say no gift is bad now I say no gift is bad if it comes from a true pure heart that is of kindness lol.

  42. Kay says:

    My brother decided he wanted to be a goofball one christmas. Everyone knows that I’m always the first person to ask to go to the bathroom on trips. He got me like 10 boxes of depends.

  43. Terri says:

    That is so wrong!

  44. Linda says:

    I’ve loved all of the gifts I’ve ever received. No wacky ones yet

  45. Julie says:

    Paper mache war dolls. My friend is a history buff and while I appreciated the gift, they were very different from the type of dolls I”m used to receiving.

  46. Jane Nelson says:

    I can’t remember any present being weird or wacky. My grandmother gave me an annual subscription to readers digest right up to the year before she passed. That’s about as weird as it gets.

  47. Bertie Welck says:

    I got a Bra that was about 5 size to big, my hubby looked at me and said ” Don’t We Both Wish” I said maybe you do but I would hate to carry all that around with me LOL

  48. Terri says:

    That would have been one heck of a double barrel sling shot. ๐Ÿ™‚

  49. Connie Saunders says:

    I would love to share a dramatic or a witty take of Christmas presents Gone Wrong but I have nothing! Thanks for a great giveaway!!

  50. Trisha Leigh says:

    Weirdest gift I ever received was when I was 21 years old, and my best friend got us matching Babrie Dolls for Christmas, cause we have been friends, (now for 25 years) and they had customer shirt on them that said best friends

  51. Jennifer says:

    I have to say that the strangest thing I ever recieved was rather naughty in nature. We had a gift exchange at work that was meant to be gag gifts. well my gift ended up being a wind up adult toy. Other than that i have an aunt who until about 15yrs or so ago seemed to think I was perpetually 8 because she always sent me sweaters that looked small enough for a child. They were always pretty, just too small.

  52. Cece says:

    I haven’t gotten anything weird but my Dad wrapped a box of screws and bolts for my youngest sister one time because she complained none of her packages rattled! She was happy until it came time to open it!

  53. Erin M. says:

    NothingItoo crazy… But once I received one of those as seen on TV electric cupcake makers. If anyone knows me, they know that I love to bake the old fashioned way with pans and an oven, so this gift was not for me. Lol

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