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* Early on in ''Film/WaynesWorld'', Wayne receives an "anniversary" gift from [[PsychoExGirlfriend his ex-girlfriend Stacy,]] despite the fact that they've been broken up for two months. The gift? A gun rack, something Wayne memorably points out he has absolutely no use for. If Creator/MikeMyers [[WordOfGod is to be believed,]] this actually once happened to him in RealLife.


* In relation to the literature entry above, Swedish musician Povel Ramel wrote the song "Don't buy a zebra", wherein the viewpoint character asks his acquaintances for advice on a proper gift for someone, but everyone gives him the unhelpful instruction in the title. Naturally he eventually runs out of time, all the good gifts get bought up... leaving only the zebra as an option.

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* In relation to the literature entry above, Swedish musician Povel Ramel wrote the song "Don't buy Buy a zebra", Zebra", wherein the viewpoint character asks his acquaintances for advice on a proper gift for someone, but everyone gives him the unhelpful instruction in the title. Naturally he eventually runs out of time, all the good gifts get bought up... leaving only the zebra as an option.


* In ''Manga/HoneyAndClover'', everyone is sitting around chatting when all of the sudden someone asks, "So, why did we gather today again?" Takemoto, the resident ButtMonkey, informs them all, with a [[StepfordSmiler smile plastered on his face]], that it's his birthday. Cue people running around trying to set up some kind of party for him, including Takumi running out and coming back with a bunch of assorted convenience store cakes that he pushes into a whole cake and decorates with altar candles. The whole scene will make you want to [[CrowningMomentOfFunny laugh]] and [[TearJerker cry]] for [[TheWoobie Takemoto]] at the same time.

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* In ''Manga/HoneyAndClover'', everyone is sitting around chatting when all of the sudden someone asks, "So, why did we gather today again?" Takemoto, the resident ButtMonkey, informs them all, with a [[StepfordSmiler smile plastered on his face]], that it's his birthday. Cue people running around trying to set up some kind of party for him, including Takumi running out and coming back with a bunch of assorted convenience store cakes that he pushes into a whole cake and decorates with altar candles. The whole scene will make you want to [[CrowningMomentOfFunny [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments laugh]] and [[TearJerker cry]] for [[TheWoobie Takemoto]] at the same time.


** In the very first episode, "Simpsons Roasting Over An Open Fire", Homer doesn't get a Christmas bonus, and is forced to buy cheaper gifts, including a dog chew toy for Maggie, panty hose for Marge, and pads of paper for Bart. Marge, who reluctantly spent her Christmas savings on laser surgery to have Bart's tattoo removed, trusts that Homer's Christmas bonus will make up for it. Unfortunately, Mr. Burns acts very Scrooge-ishly, with no bonuses for the unskilled workers, and Homer attempts to get a job as a mall Santa, only to receive $13 in net pay, as compared to the $120 gross pay minus deductions for the Santa costume, social security, unemployment insurance, training, and Christmas club fees.

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** In the very first episode, "Simpsons Roasting Over An on an Open Fire", Marge ends up spending her holiday savings getting a tattoo Bart got removed, hoping that Homer's Christmas bonus can make up for it. Unfortunately, Homer doesn't get a Christmas bonus, his bonus (but can't admit it because he doesn't want to ruin things for his family), and is forced to buy cheaper gifts, including a dog chew toy for Maggie, panty hose pantyhose for Marge, and pads of paper for Bart. Marge, who reluctantly spent her Christmas savings on laser surgery to have Bart's tattoo removed, trusts that Homer's Christmas bonus will make up for it. Unfortunately, Mr. Burns acts very Scrooge-ishly, with no bonuses for the unskilled workers, and Homer attempts to get a job as a mall Santa, only to receive $13 in net pay, as compared to the $120 gross pay minus deductions for the Santa costume, social security, unemployment insurance, training, and Christmas club fees.



** A more recent episode, "Mypods and Boomsticks", had the Simpsons each returning the identical kitty calendars Bart bought them at the last minute.

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** A more recent episode, "Mypods and Boomsticks", Boomsticks" had the Simpsons each returning the identical kitty calendars Bart bought them at the last minute.



** Homer ended up buying Marge a bowling ball as her birthday present because he was doing last-minute shopping. As soon as this was revealed, she was pissed off.
*** The bowling ball was even engraved... with his name.
** In the opening sequence of a recent episode, the billboard is one from the Kwik E Mart with a smiling Apu which says: ''Last-minute gifts for people you don't like''

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** Homer ended up buying Marge a bowling ball as her birthday present because he was doing last-minute shopping. As soon as this was revealed, she was pissed off.
*** The bowling ball was even engraved... with his name.
** In the opening sequence of a recent one post-movie episode, the billboard CouchGag is one from the Kwik E Mart with a smiling Apu which says: ''Last-minute gifts for people you don't like''like''.



* On a ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' ChristmasEpisode, Luanne is slightly disappointed with her gift.
** {{Justified|Trope}} in that Hank and Bobby were panicking due to their fears of upcoming [[MillenniumBug [=Y2K=]]], and they considered them good gifts.

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* On a ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' ChristmasEpisode, Luanne is slightly disappointed with her gift.
** {{Justified|Trope}} in that
gift, thanks to Hank and Bobby were panicking due to their fears of upcoming [[MillenniumBug [=Y2K=]]], and they considered them good gifts.[=Y2K=]]].


** In the very first episode, "Simpsons Roasting Over An Open Fire", Homer doesn't get a Christmas bonus and is forced to buy cheaper gifts, including a dog chew toy for Maggie.

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** In the very first episode, "Simpsons Roasting Over An Open Fire", Homer doesn't get a Christmas bonus bonus, and is forced to buy cheaper gifts, including a dog chew toy for Maggie.Maggie, panty hose for Marge, and pads of paper for Bart. Marge, who reluctantly spent her Christmas savings on laser surgery to have Bart's tattoo removed, trusts that Homer's Christmas bonus will make up for it. Unfortunately, Mr. Burns acts very Scrooge-ishly, with no bonuses for the unskilled workers, and Homer attempts to get a job as a mall Santa, only to receive $13 in net pay, as compared to the $120 gross pay minus deductions for the Santa costume, social security, unemployment insurance, training, and Christmas club fees.


* In Film/{{Scrooged}} we see a typical Christmas present Frank got as a child from his father: A five-pound lump of meat. Courtesy of his AbusiveParent dad.

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* In Film/{{Scrooged}} ''Film/{{Scrooged}}'' we see a typical Christmas present Frank got as a child from his father: A five-pound lump of meat. Courtesy of his AbusiveParent dad.


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* ''Series/GameOn'': When Toby forgets his mother's birthday, he sneaks out of the house and down the block to the only business in the neighbourhood open early on a Sunday morning: the gas station. He winds up buying her an umbrella hat, and wrapping it in a free road map. He manages to salvage the situation by linking the hat a childhood memory of spending time with his mom.


* In the ''Series/CornerGas'' episode "Road Worthy," Oscar tells Wanda that he can't decide on a gift for Emma, to which she says, "Well, coming to the gas station was a great start. There's motor oil, antifreeze, two-liter bottles of pop ..." Oscar says that Emma likes pop, but Wanda tells him, "Don't get her pop."

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In the ''Series/CornerGas'' episode "Road Worthy," Oscar tells Wanda that he can't decide on a gift for Emma, to which she says, "Well, coming to the gas station was a great start. There's motor oil, antifreeze, two-liter bottles of pop ..." Oscar says that Emma likes pop, but Wanda tells him, "Don't get her pop.""
** In another episode, it's revealed that the bracelet Wanda bought Emma is from the dollar store... when they go shopping together at that same dollar store and the clerk accuses Emma of stealing it. Emma is not pleased.



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* The Lancashire Hotpots song ''The Trafford Centre'' takes this from another angle: The main character did order presents for his family from Amazon, but they haven't been delivered on time so he has to participate in this at the last minute.


* Music/BobRivers dedicates a couple of his ''Twisted Christmas'' {{AntiChristmasSong}}s to these, such as a verse of "The Buttcracker Suite" talking about why you don't get someone a g-string for the holidays and the whole of "Didn't I Get This Last Year" where the child gets socks and underwear a size too small, the uncle gets a ridiculous tie, the neighbors give a random plant dug up from the yard and shoved in a repurposed mayo jar, and the father of the family gets a coupon for free fries.

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* Music/BobRivers dedicates a couple of his ''Twisted Christmas'' {{AntiChristmasSong}}s {{Anti Christmas Song}}s to these, such as a verse of "The Buttcracker Suite" talking about why you don't get someone a g-string for the holidays and the whole of "Didn't I Get This Last Year" where the child gets socks and underwear a size too small, the uncle gets a ridiculous tie, the neighbors give a random plant dug up from the yard and shoved in a repurposed mayo jar, and the father of the family gets a coupon for free fries.



* ''The Stranger'' (a UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}} based alt-weekly known best for being the home of Creator/{{DanSavage}}'s advice column) had a variation of Convenience Store Holiday Dinner where they sent writers in with $20 to get ingredients, then turned those ingredients over to high-end restaurant chefs in a ''Series/{{Chopped}}''-style contest to see if they could make a decent meal out of the junk provided.

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* ''The Stranger'' (a UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}} based alt-weekly known best for being the home of Creator/{{DanSavage}}'s Creator/DanSavage's advice column) had a variation of Convenience Store Holiday Dinner where they sent writers in with $20 to get ingredients, then turned those ingredients over to high-end restaurant chefs in a ''Series/{{Chopped}}''-style contest to see if they could make a decent meal out of the junk provided.


# Gifts clearly chosen with little or no thought about what the recipient might like. This can range from quite nice but not suited to the personality (a pink frilly dress for the {{Tomboy}}) through decent but generic ("everyone's getting Enya [=CDs=] this year; they were on special") to WhatWereYouThinking (dental floss.) Special bonus points if it's obviously just been picked out of the garbage or the neighbor's yard. Even more bonus points if the present is completely useless, harmful or even spiteful to the recipient (giving a music player to a deaf man, giving a roasted ham to a Jewish woman, etc.)

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# Gifts clearly chosen with little or no thought about what the recipient might like. This can range from quite nice but not suited to the personality (a pink frilly dress for the {{Tomboy}}) through decent but generic ("everyone's getting Enya [=CDs=] this year; they were on special") to WhatWereYouThinking (dental floss.) Special bonus points if it's obviously just been picked out of the garbage or the neighbor's yard. Even more bonus points if the present is completely useless, harmful or even spiteful to the recipient (giving a music player to a deaf man, giving a roasted ham to a kosher-keeping Jewish woman, etc.)

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': In the sixth season episode ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E8AHearthsWarmingTail A Hearth's Warming Tail]]'', story-within-a-story character Snowfall Frost discovers the importance of Hearth's Warming and not only ends her plans to [[HowTheCharacterStoleChristmas destroy the holiday]], she rushes out to join the party her assistant is attending, bringing along gifts that she just grabbed off her shelves, and admits that she was in kind of a hurry. Snow Dash, however, is apparently thrilled by her gift of dragon toenail (one of the items Snowfall had kept on hoof as a spell ingredient).


* ''The Stranger'' (a UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}} based alt-weekly known best for being the home of {{DanSavage}}'s advice column) had a variation of Convenience Store Holiday Dinner where they sent writers in with $20 to get ingredients, then turned those ingredients over to high-end restaurant chefs in a ''Series/{{Chopped}}''-style contest to see if they could make a decent meal out of the junk provided.

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* ''The Stranger'' (a UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}} based alt-weekly known best for being the home of {{DanSavage}}'s Creator/{{DanSavage}}'s advice column) had a variation of Convenience Store Holiday Dinner where they sent writers in with $20 to get ingredients, then turned those ingredients over to high-end restaurant chefs in a ''Series/{{Chopped}}''-style contest to see if they could make a decent meal out of the junk provided.


* Economists have studied how much value is lost by these transactions. For example if someone buys a brand new item that the gift receiver doesn't like and donates to charity, which then sells the item at 20% of the original price, then 80% of the original value has been lost. Or if you estimate that the receiver values the gift at 80% the cost (a loss of 20%), then that amounts to a loss of $28 billion a year worldwide. Moral: just ''ask'' what someone would want.

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* Economists have studied how much value is lost by these transactions. For example if someone buys a brand new item that the gift receiver doesn't like and donates to charity, which then sells the item at 20% of the original price, then 80% of the original value has been lost. Or if you estimate that the receiver values the gift at 80% the cost (a loss of 20%), then that amounts to a loss of $28 billion a year worldwide. Moral: just ''ask'' what someone would want. Or give them cash/a check/a money order/a gift card, and let ''them'' decide what they'd like to get.


* Music/TomLehrer isn't really a fan of this trope. From his Christmas Carol:
-->''Relations, sparing no expense'll''
-->''Send some useless old utensil,''
-->''Or a matching pen and pencil.''
-->''[[SarcasmMode "Just the thing I need! How nice!"]]''

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* Music/TomLehrer isn't really a fan of this trope. From his "A Christmas Carol:
Carol", on the album ''Music/AnEveningWastedWithTomLehrer'':
-->''Relations, sparing no expense'll''
-->''Send
expense'll''\\
''Send
some useless old utensil,''
-->''Or
utensil,''\\
''Or
a matching pen and pencil.''
-->''[[SarcasmMode
''\\
''[[SarcasmMode
"Just the thing I need! How nice!"]]''


* On ''ThreesCompany'', Stanley gives Helen some flowers.

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* On ''ThreesCompany'', ''Series/ThreesCompany'', Stanley gives Helen some flowers.



* In ''A Very Series/{{Supernatural}} Christmas'' Sam doesn't want to celebrate Christmas because Dean's due to die within the year thanks to a DealWithTheDevil, and he thinks it will just be depressing. At the last minute they decide to celebrate anyway, and both turn out to have shopped for gifts at the local 7-11. Neither makes any fuss, though, considering they've been a little busy defeating the MonsterOfTheWeek and the gifts, while cheap, are at least somewhat practical (Dean got candy bars and motor oil; Sam got shaving cream and skin mags.) Flashbacks in the same episode show another example of this trope: one Christmas when Sam and Dean were kids, their dad didn't make it back for the holidays, so Dean breaks into someone's house, steals some presents, and tells Sam their dad brought them. Sam starts to get suspicious when he opens one and it turns out to be a Barbie.

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* In ''A "A Very Series/{{Supernatural}} Christmas'' Christmas" Sam doesn't want to celebrate Christmas because Dean's due to die within the year thanks to a DealWithTheDevil, and he thinks it will just be depressing. At the last minute they decide to celebrate anyway, and both turn out to have shopped for gifts at the local 7-11. Neither makes any fuss, though, considering they've been a little busy defeating the MonsterOfTheWeek and the gifts, while cheap, are at least somewhat practical (Dean got candy bars and motor oil; Sam got shaving cream and skin mags.) Flashbacks in the same episode show another example of this trope: one Christmas when Sam and Dean were kids, their dad didn't make it back for the holidays, so Dean breaks into someone's house, steals some presents, and tells Sam their dad brought them. Sam starts to get suspicious when he opens one and it turns out to be a Barbie.



* Two types used on ''TopGear'', since the presenters buy each other useless "presents" all the time. One of the best was a tacky golden rooster which has since become the trophy for the coveted "Golden Cock Award." They also give each other fairly good, but inappropriate presents as well.

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* Two types used on ''TopGear'', ''Series/TopGear'', since the presenters buy each other useless "presents" all the time. One of the best was a tacky golden rooster which has since become the trophy for the coveted "Golden Cock Award." They also give each other fairly good, but inappropriate presents as well.

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