With the end of the Thanksgiving weekend, we enter that long, grim death march known as the holiday season. It's a time marked by cold weather, wet feet and societal pressure to buy thoughtful gifts for your family or, depending on your circumstances, the group of circus oddities who have become like a family to you.
We here at Cracked want to help, or more accurately, to pretend to help while we make cheap jokes at your expense. To do this, we've enlisted the aid of thousands of spies to track our readership and identify the most problematic people they'll have to shop for this holiday season. Then, using the personal shopping abilities granted to us by a powerful alien ring, we compiled the following Gift Guide.
Most folks try to avoid people they don't like very much, but around the holiday season that can prove difficult, especially if one of them is your kid. Should you find yourself in the circumstance of having to buy a present for some prick, here's a list of gifts any prick will be sure to hate.
To the uninitiated, whiskey possesses a flavor best described as "angry fire." It is generally agreed to be an acquired taste, and if it weren't for its great redeeming attribute -- lots of sweet, nourishing alcohol -- few people would even bother acquiring the taste at all.
And here is the drink for those few people. Arkay Non-Alcoholic Whiskey Flavored Beverage is a mockery of nature and human accomplishment, a war-crime against common sense, the single beverage guaranteed to please no one.
Its very existence is a testament that when left unrestrained, science can produce monsters.
This gift is less for someone you don't like very much, and more for someone you think would be better off with less hands. That might sound extreme, unless you were raised by a television and don't really understand consequences, in which case it sounds fine, and you're also angry at us for using long words like "consequences."
Just be careful. Maybe get it wrapped at the store.
Classic treachery-themed presents include:
- A stocking with a mousetrap in it.
- A stocking with a bunch of feral mice in it.
- A Pringles can that contains a snake and few Pringles.
- A wooden horse full of soldiers.
- A huge basket of acid.
If you don't like to mix your gift-giving with jail time, consider this low-key approach: purchase a gift and put your genitals on it. Any gift at all can work for this, so long as it can be purchased in a container that's easy to reseal.
Obviously though, some objects are better than others.
Whether she's a crush who doesn't know you exist, or a really attractive aunt, you've got a certain special someone in your life. Regardless of whether she (or society) wants her to be that special someone in your life, a gift is in order. And you need something to make a statement; something that when unwrapped will make her gasp, and stop all conversation in the room, and really, all conversation for miles.
Something Way Too Expensive
There is a certain natural relationship between the expense of a gift and how close you are with the giftee. Someone whom you don't know very well would typically expect a token gift, something which implies more thought was given than money, and not much of either.
In that case, try this diamond tennis bracelet:
The 36 diamonds says, "I just spent seven thousand dollars on you," and the tennis bracelet says, "I am so dangerously out of touch with reality that I don't know that no one wears tennis bracelets. Isn't that quirky and fun? Who wants to go for a car ride? In my van?"
Nothing too sexy obviously, because you don't want to come off as creepy. Maybe pajamas or, if you're feeling bold, really small pajamas.
"I got you the golden lasso to go with it, but I got it ... dirty ... before I could wrap it."
Not a big webcam obviously, because you don't want to come off as creepy. These things are often marketed as "nanny-cams" and are intended for parents to surreptitiously monitor their childcare workers, but no one really checks that when you're buying them.
"It even comes with a clear dome-shaped playhouse that we can mount on the ceiling!"
This is likely to be a pretty common shopping chore for many of you, if only because of the later age at which we're all marrying these days, and the fact that Cracked readers and their friends are so clammy and unlovable.
"I don't need your fucking rules, wall!" your friend will scream, attempting to show a wall who the boss of their apartment is, an interaction indebted to the magic of alcoholic whiskey. Reveling in the successful roughing in of a new door, your friend will forget all about his relationship troubles, as per the instructions on the accompanying card: "To Help You Forget Your Relationship Troubles."
The preferred brand of alcoholic whiskey is Old Grand-Dad Whiskey, due to its distinct "alcoholy" nose and body.
A whiskey for those who are single, or who soon will be.
This cuts right to the heart of the matter, or perhaps the hairy patches a little to the sides of the heart of the matter. It's a fact that stinky people don't get dates, unless they work in a town with a pulp mill (and even then, the dates are pretty grim). The deodorant we're specifically recommending is Aspray, because of its promise to combat "beastly butt odor."
Implying that a dear friend has bum smell problems in front of their friends and family is an unkind blow, but it might also provide you some cover, assuming that this collection of people agree with you. "That's why we switched to the real Christmas tree when you turned 15, son," his mom says, nodding sadly and standing behind you in support. "For the fresh pine scent. It's also, probably, why the dog ran away."
Getting someone an inflatable sheep is pretty tasteless, the kind of thing an idiot would do for his friend's bachelor party. But getting something stylish and discrete with a hole in it, that shows that you put a bit of thought into your gift. And also a squishy aftermarket orifice into your gift. We're not going to Google squishy aftermarket orifice, but you go ahead and see what that gets you. Instead, here's a picture of a classy and sturdy lectern you could install said orifice in.
"Yeah. Uggggh. Oh ... Yeah ..... Oh. Oh. OH! ORATION!"
It's become harder for the youth of today to get ahead in the world. Back when our parents roamed the earth, it may have been possible to get a good job with a high school education, but today? Even a bachelor's degree is no guarantee you're getting a job where you get to sit down.
Also, we have Xboxes now, and those take some time.
In any event, you now have a dad who lies to his friends when they ask him how you're doing. Here's what to get him for Christmas.
In The Secret Of My Success, Michael J. Fox parlays his position working in the mailroom of some kind of business-company into a wheeling-dealing executive role. He does this by showing up in a suit and sitting down in an empty office. He walks the walk and talks the talk -- that's all it takes.
He also forgoes the use of elevators, traveling everywhere by champagne.
You probably have a job of some sort, even if it's volunteer Xbox Live tester, so you're going to try this for yourself.
- Go down to the thrift store;
- Get a suit;
- Put on the suit;
- Bullshit your way into a better job;
- Panic when someone looks at you funny;
- Spend the rest of the day hiding in the washroom;
- In your panicked confusion, take a picture of yourself in the washroom to prove to your dad that you got a good job;
- Give that picture to dad;
- Hold back your tears when he stares at you and ask if you're doing "Weird bathroom porn" now;
- Mumble something about dental benefits.
For 15 dollars and a few hours of fun and Christmas afternoon paperwork, your dad can finally, legally disown you.
A sturdy handshake, a Ziploc bag full of leftovers and the sound of a deadbolt turning as you crunch down the driveway -- that's what Christmas means to you now.
This is the gift to try if you're still pretending you can win back dad's approval. All fathers have an innate appreciation for wooden things, and if you claim that you made it yourself, you're sure to win many style points. "Claim" is the key word here, because obviously with all that
Get something simple, something you could plausibly make yourself. Find the crappiest thing you can find on Etsy. Or maybe one of these wooden spanking paddles -- something which will cause dad to recall happier times when he could still beat the stupid out of you.
A third option is to just make another one of these ...
Bruce Wayne's obviously a fictional character, so unless you're insane and have trouble distinguishing reality from written works, we're going to assume you're trying to buy a gift for a Bruce Wayne-like friend. You know, a rich guy who already has everything, who lives in a mansion perched on a porous limestone bluff and shows up to work with mysterious bruises every day.
Obviously expensive gifts aren't going to impress him; you're going to have to go for something small and thoughtful. Something that says yes, you've deduced he's the masked vigilante wailing on street-thugs every night, but that you're willing to keep his secret. Implicit in this gift is that your silence will cost him some sort of grossly expensive bribe-present, like a boat encrusted in jewels, or a tiger with massive spinning rims.
This concealer set is the perfect way to say, "I care," and "If you need to talk about your terrible home life, I'm here for you."
Also, "You look like you got your ass kicked by 12 guys dressed in plant-themed costumes last night."
This gift shows that you understand the challenges he faces, but wish he'd be a little more respectful and not fall asleep during your PowerPoint presentations. Any energy drink will get this message across, but the only energy drink with the earthy flavor of Steven Seagal -- and consequently the only energy drink worth having -- is
It comes in two flavors, Cherry Charge and Asian Experience, and if you're not drinking Asian Experience, we don't know what you're doing reading this site.
The perfect read for a confirmed bachelor with a closet full of of rubber pants who spends all night out "on the town" only to return covered in sweat and bruises.
Pros: The chapter on chafing control alone is full of useful tips. Cons: Illustrated.
By their very nature, many Cracked readers find themselves living on the fringes of society, picking at scabs, inventing fetishes and otherwise lurking in the long shadows cast by civilization's distant light. In this crowd, it's a surety that a healthy number of Cracked readers' acquaintances will find themselves on the wrong side of a legal matter this holiday season. How can you shop for someone who needs to pack light and doesn't want many seizable assets?
This might seem like an obvious gift, but remember that disguises often have to be disposed of, and your giftee will always have a need for fresh faces, whether fleeing from U.S. Marshals, or engaged in some kind of Mrs. Doubtfire type child custody hijinx.
These choices from the Heroes of History collection seem particularly daring.
A 1977 Pontiac Firebird is a timeless method for escaping the clutches of bumbling Southern police departments. Please note that it's only marginally effective at escaping from bumbling Northern police departments; the preferred vehicle for that being a cop car, with a cop motor, cop tires, cop suspension and cop shocks.
Human cloning presents all sorts of different ethical challenges, so there's no reason to not add another one to the list: creating a clone to serve jail time for your friend.
"Hey warden, do you think the fact that you've arrested twelve thousand men for the same liquor store robbery should tell you something funny is going on?"
How this will work is still a bit unknown, but if comic books tell us anything, it will probably happen by accident in a laboratory explosion. So buy a ticket in your friend's name for one of those laboratory tour groups that are probably always happening. Tell him to bring a cup of his sperm too, just in case that's a necessary element.
Every mother dreads the day her son kills himself with nunchuks. To help your friend's mother rest easy at night, try giving him one of the following gifts. Be sure to tell him why you're doing it. Use the words: "I think about your mother sleeping, a lot," while making eye contact, and keeping a friendly hand on his shoulder.
Foam Training Nunchuks
These foam training nunchuks are a great way for your friend to practice the various forms, grips and fruity looking twirls of nunchuking, without smashing himself up too much. Nunchuking is embarrassing enough without the long cylindrical bruises on the face, and the childish speculation they provoke amongst bystanders.
This full face snowboarding helmet is designed to protect the wearer from high-speed collisions with rocks and stupidity, and should certainly be able to withstand the early phases of nunchuk mastery.
On the downside, the brim helps keeps the sun out of the eyes, which removes one of the excuses for failed nunchuk mastery.
Economists suspect that upwards of 80 percent of all nunchuk purchases are made by someone in the grips of the manic phase of classic bipolar syndrome, and public health officials have long been advocating more active treatment and harm-reduction options in high-nunchuking areas. As the preferred choice for treating bipolar syndrome, lithium would make a fine gift for your friend.
It may even prevent him from degenerating further and buying sais.
Obviously obtaining lithium is tricky without a compliant doctor, but remember that a lot of batteries have lithium in them these days, so maybe throw a couple of those in a blender and see what happens. Worst case scenario, he gets to meet a real doctor.
Actually, we've just checked with our lawyers, and there may be worse case scenarios when trying this, so, you know, wear a helmet.
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