My family has never been very good at gift giving. I was thinking about gifts that are “wrong” in the traditional sense.
One year I was looking for a new used car. I wanted a Subaru. They are cars loved by their owners and can be a pain in the ass to find used. So I put everybody I know on the look out in their area for cars fitting my qualifications. My parents found one, and had it checked by their mechanic. It all checked out great, so they handled all the negotiations and got it, and I sent them a check to cover it all.
When I flew out there to pick it up and drive it home my parents told me to look in the trunk. There were four brand new studded Hakkepelita snow tires. They told me it was a present. It was honestly a great present, and one of the ones I appreciated the most with all my driving over the Rockies in winter.
But in terms of “traditional” present giving it had many strikes.
1 Snow tires could be a sitcom cliche for non-sentimental non-personal gifts.
2. It was a rollover to cover the nest two separate present giving occasions, Christmas and b-day.
3. It was nowhere near Christmas or my birthday.
4. Unwrapped,(well who the hell is going to wrap tires but still, some people find unwrapping essential)
5. Selfish kind-of. I’m sure my mom pushed for it so she could feel better herself about my safety.