What makes giving Christmas gifts so much fun? Is it seeing the recipients’ excited reactions when they see what you’ve gotten them? Well, when Johnny’s family members open their gifts from him, their faces definitely react. But what that reaction will be is always completely unpredictable. And that’s thanks to Johnny’s tradition of giving really (really) weird gifts.
Each year Johnny and I head to the dollar store to find a bizarre-o gift for each person in his family. The goal is to get gifts that will produce the best reaction from each person. And that means a significant amount of thought goes into each gift.
“Oooh, my older sister will think this is so creepy.”
“What is this thing?! Let’s give it to my mom.”
It’s become a fun, cheap, and, yes, odd tradition that everyone looks forward to. We also do a more legit Secret Santa gift exchange, but this way Johnny gets everyone a little something that — although only worth $1 — provides a surplus of laughter, suspense, and funny comments.
A. Glow Axe
Who: Johnny’s five-year-old niece
Why: Because what mom wouldn’t want her daughter running around with one of these?
B. Stuffed Black Bird Thing
Who: Johnny’s prim and proper older sister
Why: Because it’s pretty much everything she hates.
C. At Home Marijuana Test Kit
Who: Johnny’s brother-in-law
Why: So he can keep track of his three daughters (ages 1, 3, and 5).
Those are just a select few of the dozen gifts we’ll be giving out this year. His family’s in for a real treat! What fun traditions do you have that don’t break the Christmas piggy bank? Did we just cross too far over into weirdville for you to think of us as normal human beings?