The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


December 13, 2008

Oh you shouldn’t have ... no, I mean it, you shouldn’t have

Christmas is just over 10 days away, so it is almost time to shift into high gear when it comes to gift-giving.

Of course, panic won’t really set in until Christmas Eve, just before the stores close. That’s when buying your mom a Red Bull, a lottery ticket and one of those evergreen car air fresheners from a local convenience store begins to look like a viable option.

But today, there is still time to consider the best gifts for all those on your Christmas list, as well as the worst.

Face it, there are people on your list you love, or really, really like, and some you merely tolerate.

How about that brother-in-law of yours who always raids your fridge, hogs your favorite chair and won’t turn loose of the TV remote whenever he comes to visit.

Then there’s dear old Aunt Sue, who never fails to point out that mole on your face that has the hair growing out of it, and insists on reminding you, and everyone else, of the fact you missed the high school prom because you split the seat of your tux pants on the way to pick up your date.

The Web site,, has come up with its annual list of the 10 worst gifts of the holiday season, just for folks like these.

The list includes an underwear repair kit, consisting of a needle and thread, iron-on patches, safety pins, elastic for the waistband, duct tape and underwear white-out. There also is a fully illustrated 32-page instruction manual.

If the economy continues to tank, an underwear repair kit might just come in handy. Incidentally, is sold out of this item, which either foreshadows great disappointment this Christmas morning, or a further economic downturn.

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