10 Christmas gifts we hate as kids but love as adults

Socks for Christmas? WHY NOT.

CHRISTMAS GIFTS WE HATE AS KIDS BUT LOVE AS ADULTS
CHRISTMAS GIFTS WE HATE AS KIDS BUT LOVE AS ADULTS
11 Mar 2015

CHRISTMAS GIFTS WE HATE AS KIDS BUT LOVE AS ADULTS

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A sure sign of adulthood is loving the things we hated as kids: vegetables, naps, and sugarless corn flakes. And nowhere is our evolving taste more evident than on Christmas, when we delight in gifts that our childhood selves would have thrown out the window. Here are the top 10 presents everyone hates as kids, but loves as adults:

1. SOCKS
1. SOCKS
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1. SOCKS

When you’re a kid, receiving underwear on Christmas is akin to finding coal in one’s stocking. But as an adult, you can never have too many pairs, especially if they’re cable knit or decorated with fun patterns (and goodness knows we lose too many of them in the wash).

2. BOARD GAMES
2. BOARD GAMES
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2. BOARD GAMES

At the risk of revealing our age, kids these days define board games as the things people played with before iPads were invented. And even when we were children, we’d bust out the special edition Monopoly sets only when it was raining outside and there was nothing showing on TV. But give us our very own Cranium or Settlers today, and you’ll be guaranteed an invite for New Year’s Eve.

3. VOUCHERS AND GIFT CARDS
3. VOUCHERS AND GIFT CARDS
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3. VOUCHERS AND GIFT CARDS

Nothing says FAIL like giving an 8-year-old a S$100 voucher to Takashimaya. But we’ll happily accept one during an office-wide Christmas gift exchange, thank you very much.

4. CLOTHES
4. CLOTHES
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4. CLOTHES

As children, we were far more likely to get excited over the boxes our clothes came in than in the clothes themselves. But if you know your friend’s taste and size, clothes are a pretty safe bet. Who knows? A slouchy sweater, a soft knit, or an oversized cardigan could become your friend’s next office staple.

5. PAJAMAS
5. PAJAMAS
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5. PAJAMAS


Unless those pajamas were patterned with My Little Pony, our 8-year-old selves couldn’t be less thrilled with sleepwear. But as adults, we’re more than ready to upgrade form baggy T-shirts to the desperately cute (and well-crafted) jammies from Uniqlo.

6. FOOD
6. FOOD
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6. FOOD

We will never say no to a gift of food, even if it’s our fifth log cake in two weeks. Now that home cooking and artisanal desserts are in style, you can release your inner Martha Stewart by baking adorable Christmas treats and gifting them to your entire office. (Bonus points for including handwritten cards.)

7. PILLOWS, BLANKETS, OR BEDSHEETS
7. PILLOWS, BLANKETS, OR BEDSHEETS
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7. PILLOWS, BLANKETS, OR BEDSHEETS

Generally, you only give pillows and blankets to babies, but we’ve definitely received boring, non-My Little Pony, non-Star Wars bedsheets as a present…and have been less than impressed. After a couple of decades, though, we’ve concluded that true love is a set of Egyptian Cotton sheets with a thread count of 1000.

8. BAGS
8. BAGS
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8. BAGS

We’re torn on this one. On the one hand, what 8-year-old girl would say “NO” to a backpack with her favourite Disney characters on it? On the other hand, based on our own memories of childhood, that 8-year-old girl would appreciate an actual toy based on those Disney characters over the more practical knapsack. Nowadays, we’re far easier you please. You don’t even need to get us something with buckles. A simple canvas tote bag is enough to make us excited for Monday morning again.

9. STUFFED ANIMALS
9. STUFFED ANIMALS
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9. STUFFED ANIMALS

Stuffed animals are a hit or miss with kids. If they love your present, they’ll insist on taking it everywhere, including the toilet. The reality is, though, that they’ll disregard all of their other plush toys, meaning your present has a 99 per cent chance of ending up in the bottom of their toy box.But now, queue at McDonald’s for three hours to give us the coveted Happy Meal Hello Kitty du jour, and we’ll immediately make it the queen of all our existing plush toys.

10. BOOKS
10. BOOKS
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10. BOOKS

In a perfect world, all kids would love to read. But let’s face it, only the most exceptional children would pay more attention to their awesome new book than to their awesome new Batman Lego set. But with adults, you’ve got options. In addition to buying someone a novel, you can get them a cookbook, a hardcover “behind the scenes” guide to their favourite film, or a book of photography for their living room table. Just don’t buy anyone self-help books. You don’t want them to get the wrong idea.

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