Dec 21, 2013

When Santa gives you lemons

Ho ho ho, it’s that time of the year, when it is okay to have gingerbread for lunch and put up as many Christmas lights as we want without having to argue about how early is too early to bring out the decorations. It’s the time of the year, when we must again face the Mission (Almost) Impossible of making sure that our brothers, mothers, sisters, fathers, dogs, friends and cousins will all get a fair share of joy wrapped in colourful papers. The season is filled with cozy get-togethers around the Christmas tree, moments of laughter and many smiles, but also a few forced grins. “Gee, Auntie, this is...erm...awesome. Thanks.” Misfit gifts - they are the nuisance of the holidays and will be dumped to the back of people's closets never to be worn. Now, there are two things you can do:

1. Don't make it worse
Stop yourself before you drive yourself mad running around stores, trying to find something (or anything!) for your loved ones. If you don't have a faintest idea of what to give, then get your hands dirty with DIY and bake a tray of Christmas delicacies or write inside jokes on gingerbread cookies. The gift will feel much more personal than a random piece of soap bought from a random store, and cookies are sure to make anyone happy!

2. Learn to cope
When Santa gives you lemons, make lemonade. Read an article from Oh Marie-magazine written by our editor-in-chief Emmi and discover a few different ways of dealing with your misfit gifts.

Have a very merry Christmas y'all!


  1. so so true!!!! i find myself always getting things I would never ever ever purchase either becuse they are not ME or because they don't go w/ my morals :) i tend to donate most of what I do not want because maybe someone will want them when I don't! xoRach

    1. Yea, donating is definitely a good option, although I always end up storing the items for a year or two for politeness reasons and getting rid of them only after they have been long forgotten by their giver....Even socks or some other practical (and perhaps unoriginal...) gifts are a better option than risky clothes without a love-at-first-sight guarantee. :)

      Hope you didn't get too many misfit gifts this year!