Although this post was published 10 years ago, it still makes us laugh. Over the years we have all received gifts that left us scratching our heads in puzzlement. As today is our usual Unitasker Wednesday post, we thought we would update and re-publish this because we all need a little laugh at this time of the year. Remember, we don’t want you to buy these items. We simply want you to have fun reading about all the awful gifts of clutter you wouldn’t really want to give or receive this year.
Stumped on what to buy your favorite co-worker or loved one? Consider giving the gift of clutter!
Small Kitchen Appliances
Your mother-in-law hates coffee? No matter. Buy her an espresso maker anyway. Get the deluxe version equipped with steamer and grinder. It’ll take up lots of counter space and you can use it when you visit. Heck, buy her two!
If you really want to yank the chain of the minimalist in your life, buy knick knack gifts. These small shelf stuffers fit any budget. You can get a $10 Statue of Liberty figurine. Inexpensive gifts not your style? Consider Everyday Objects‘ bone china replicas of a paper cups for only $100 per set.
Arcade-Style Video Games
Who needs smart phone apps when you can go retro and deliver a full size, 275-pound, 1981 replica Ms. Pac-man arcade game to an eager child or adult? Cram it into the living room of a tiny studio apartment for easy entertainment. A fun and educational experience on the history of video games can be had by all.
Who says you can’t impose your own artistic tastes onto others? Let’s face it, some people in your life need your artful guidance. At big box stores, garage sales, or art galleries, look for bizarre sculptures, abstract paintings, or anything that would leave the recipient asking: “What is it?”
A Pile of Boulders
For your suburbia-dwelling friends, don’t forget the garden. Call your local rock quarry and have a truck dump off a pile of rocks on your friend’s driveway. They’ll have hours of fun trying to pick up the boulders, one-by-one, and finding the perfect garden spot for each to occupy.
Hard-to-Use Electronic Equipment
For the technically challenged on your list, give the gift of complex electronics that will end up tucked away on a garage shelf. Universal remotes that require setup on a computer and web access are an option. Challenge the recipient to sit with the manual until he or she figures out how to program it.
In his post Too many flower vases, Matt asked: “So what can I do with all of these vases?” There is no need to get rid of them when you can let them collect dust in a cabinet! Add to your friends and family members’ collections with a giant vase to obstruct the entrance through any front door.
Really, the possibilities are endless when it comes to lovely clutter gifts. Large, small, expensive, cheap — clutter gifts span the world over and can easily provide a lifetime of dust, maintenance, and storage fees for your most treasured friends.
What is the most outrageous clutter gift you’ve ever received? Let us know about it in the comments.