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12-02-2001, 06:28 PM
Does anyone have any suggestions for a really annoying, inexpensive Christmas gift for a 6-year old? My brother got my son a Power Ranger gun last year, so I need a good retaliation gift for his son this year.
12-02-2001, 09:19 PM
Is that too old for Barney? <:)
12-02-2001, 09:56 PM
Think loud. Drums or something like that.
12-03-2001, 03:36 AM
Definately get "one of a series", thereby locking your brother into continual and increasing expenses to support the Pokeman / beanie baby / gameboy cartridge / whatever.
I also second "loud", although I find electronic loud sounds much more annoying than the mere clashing of two sticks together.
If there are smaller children in the house, you also want to get something that the smaller children can break (but not swallow - donīt want Traci yelling at me), so the kids will fight and the brother once again has replacement expenses.
A strict adherence to these rules will certainly lead to a joyous holiday for all, and you can look forward to a really lovely gift from him next year!
12-03-2001, 10:57 AM
I agree with the noise factor. One year my former in-laws got my son an electric guitar with a microphone, electronic drum set and electronic key board. (I sent those to his father's house when we got divorced. After all, his family had bought them!) Other annoying toys at our house that a 6 year old would think is a great gift: Bop It!, Ballzerko and the Nerf guns that shoot suction cup darts. (They are loud and either hit unintended targets or leave little suction cup marks on everything they hit.)
A word of caution, though - paybacks are a b****!
For a Boy ... Dart Board
For a Girl ... Porcelin Tea Set
The parents will have to listen to hours of screaming and crying when they tell their child they can't play with their new toy.
12-03-2001, 11:52 AM
The house we bought had a dartboard mounted in a case on a bricked wall by the fireplace.
A little hard on the darts and our 9 year old has managed to put a couple of marks on the ceiling, but fewer marks on the wall than my bedroom when I was 9 and got my dartboard.
12-03-2001, 12:29 PM
Lots and lots and lots of stickers. The best ones (for payback) are made of paper and difficult to peel off.
12-03-2001, 12:37 PM
Play Dough, glitter glue (12 BIG bottles of glitter glue), make-up (preferably in a flimsy plastic carrying case), craft kits with beads, a fake fingernail kit with lots of really little beads, fingernail polish, Gooze...
My daughter turned 7 a couple of weeks ago and received all of these things as gifts. I didn't realize that everyone hated me so much!
Fortunately, no one got her the one thing she REALLY wanted, a hamster. A hamster would be a really nasty gift, one that would get you in a LOT of trouble.
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On 2001-12-03 10:57, Single Mom wrote: A word of caution, though - paybacks are a b****!You'd better believe it. Two of my aunts got into payback mode with each other a few years ago. The two gifts that I recall caused the most trouble for them: a finger painting set, and a puppy.
Dr T Non-Fan
12-03-2001, 08:42 PM
I know of one family who rotated one annoying gift for a few years.
A solution to the anoying gift: don't open it, keep it, hide it, and give it back the next year. Or just take it back to the store and get something else.
Or, simply state: "That will be one of those toys that we'll keep at Grandma's house."
12-04-2001, 07:58 AM
I like the craft-type ideas (glitter, finger paints, etc.). I also like the Nerf suction-cup dartgun idea. But I think this is what my nephew will be getting this year:
12-04-2001, 09:10 AM
One suggestion I haven't seen is something that needs to be put together.
Lots of parts & lots of tools. A back yard playhouse or similar.
12-04-2001, 09:46 AM
A dress? Is that retaliation enough?
12-04-2001, 09:50 AM
Here's another idea that gets the noise factor (for one night) and also makes your brother fork over some additional cash - a gift certificate to Chuck E. Cheese. Tell them to be sure to go on a Saturday night.
Anything with lots of little parts. Marbles are good because they get under things and roll around. So are colored beads. Stuff that makes hig pitched noises is much more annoying than low noises (like drums). Anything that makes electronic buzzes, eats batteries, and tends to fall off tables and bang into walls is sure to annoy.
Most stickers come off pretty well, but there are some that seem permanent. Don't go with these unless you really hate the parents.
Depending on age, finger paints (especially if they stain) or sponge paints can be pretty nasty.
Nice clothes that need to be dry-cleaned.
Or if it's the kid you dislike, rather than the parents, get something really attractive that can only be used in the summer. Something involving water outdoors, for instance, or a gorgeous huge kite.
Hmmm, all of the above have been given to us. I wonder if I'm missing the hint.
12-07-2001, 07:52 AM
The board game "Operation" makes an annoying buzzing sound when the little tweezer thing touches the sides of the body openings. Made me want to go through the roof after only a few minutes of play. And, it's more subtle than drums.
12-07-2001, 10:09 AM
I still say a dress and panties is the way to go. Think of all the emotional scarring and the psych bills your brother will have to incur down the road...the therapy could continue for years.
...of course we could just drop the whole retaliation idea, too...
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I think the best retaliation gifts are more subtle. Try Stomp Rockets. They're safe (foam) but the kids jump on an air bladder, shooting these projectiles all over the place. The combination of ceiling-shaking jumps and flying objects is just enough to get under the adults' skin, but is loads of fun for the kids. Plus, the parents don't feel justified in getting angry with you because it's not a blatant retaliation gift.
Then again, I really like Single Mom's idea of Chuck E. Cheese. If your friends over-stimulate pretty easily, that's more than enough torture.
12-07-2001, 02:18 PM
Hungry, Hungry Hippos!
cheap and annoying
12-07-2001, 02:35 PM
On 2001-12-07 14:18, exam taker wrote:
Hungry, Hungry Hippos!
cheap and annoying
And how! Especially because the child will expect you to play it with them when no friend is around.
12-07-2001, 02:56 PM
all the previous suggestions are good for quick retaliation. i always thought that vengeance is a dish better served cold and that it is better to plant the seeds now and slowly watch the drama unfold.
if you want to do a long-term vengeance, it's really easy. feed the kid with science-fiction, harry potter, lord of the rings, anything related to magic, imaginary friends, special powers, the force, etc. if said kid develops an addiction for it, the parents will have the most annoying one around. not now, but wait until he hits 20 and still reads children book and believe in magic.
oh wait, that's cruel for the kid, not the intent.
Dr T Non-Fan
12-07-2001, 03:30 PM
That's a big IF.
Even worse is that the kid will have a hyperactive imagination. Might think of a use for "IT". Might think that all belief systems based on unbelievable assumptions (as sci-fi books do -- but enjoyable nonetheless) have no grounding in real life.
Might think that Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more. (And not want the first Grinch toy he can find.)
Roy G. Biv
12-08-2001, 04:09 PM
Or, he might grow up just like DTNF!
Give him a CHIA PET so he can sing on and on and on : chi-chi-chi-chia.....
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