So we talked about the Best Gifts Ever.
But what about the truly awful ones?
Late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel has a tradition where he has parents prank their children, video tape it, post it on YouTube, and then the best selections are shown on TV across America.
It’s not as evil as it sounds, I swear. Or maybe it is. Whatever the case, these kids were arguably given the worst presents ever — everything from potatoes to a tube of toothpaste — and they had no qualms about saying so.
To be fair, I think I’d probably be a little irked if my mom and dad let me open a gift early, only to find out that it was a packet of taco seasoning. (Check out part one here, though be warned that the ending has some language that's NSFW.)
Have you had some really awful gifts? Or a gift you thought was awful at the time, but would love to get today? Or maybe something so bad you couldn't even stand the thought of re-gifting?
Each holiday season, plenty of parents are armed with cameras, ready to capture the look on their kids’ faces as they open that one gift – their Best Gift Ever.
When I was young, one of my favorite presents was a super-amazing stereo, something that is all but obsolete now. No matter, it was the best, it was silver and teal, it was shiny, and it was mine, all mine. I didn’t have to play music out in the living room anymore and get yelled at for “that racket” — I was free! With iPods, laptops, and a jillion other contraptions, stereos seem completely barbaric now. But I can’t tell you how fun it was to DJ in my room, blast awesomely bad pop music and dance around pretending I was a superstar. Not that I did that.
Here are some other people’s Best! Gifts! Ever!
OMG a foot cleaner
Do you spend your days yearning for items advertised on late-night infomercials? What about a foot cleaner? This little girl yearns for a combination of both, and made it so known that she got the present for Christmas. Odd as it may seem, she's so psyched about it, she can barely talk. Her feet will be the cleanest in the entire school.
Christmas is now officially one week away, and once again, the NBA has scheduled a full slate of games that will fill more than 12 hours of your holiday with basketball goodness. Just like in years past, the league made sure to have some of the best match-ups of the entire season for the day's games. Here is a look at all the games on December 25:
Brooklyn Nets vs. Boston Celtics
Barclays Center, 12 p.m. EST
The Christmas Day schedule tips off with a match-up of two teams that have developed some bad blood for each other this season. On November 28, the Nets and Celtics had a what some called a "brawl" — I'll say it was more like a dust-up — that resulted in three players being ejected (including former Mr. Kim Kardashian). I would expect this game to have its fair share of tense moments as well and should be a good start to the day's games.
Los Angeles Lakers vs. New York Knicks
Staples Center, 3 p.m. EST
Before the season began, most experts predicted this would be a game between a true contender for the championship and an underachieving, mediocre team. Those experts just mixed up the two. The Knicks have been the surprise team this year, racing off to the best record in the Eastern Conference, while the Lakers look lost. The Lakers do have one thing to be hopeful for on Christmas; two-time MVP point guard Steve Nash, who has been out since October 31, hopes to be ready to play in this game.