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30 Really Bad Graduation Gifts

30 Really Bad Graduation Gifts

An engraved picture frame, a monogrammed fleece throw, a copy of Oh, the Places You'll Go!, cold hard cash: It's not that hard to think of satisfactory graduation gifts, people. And yet, and yet... You might want to pass this list on to your crazy aunt before graduation roles around. Thirty things that are NOT acceptable graduation gifts:

  1. A puppy
  2. Cacti
  3. Origami
  4. Clown shoes*
  5. Candy canes
  6. Coupons for free hugs (BECAUSE THEY ARE ALWAYS FREE, YO.)
  7. Socks**
  8. Pokemon cards
  9. Gum
  10. This book
  11. A briefcase
  12. Inspirational posters
  13. A $10 Home Depot gift card
  14. Pottery
  15. Bean bag chair
  16. Advice
  17. Stuffed animals
  18. Meat of the Month Club***
  19. Clothespins
  20. Reams of ruled paper
  21. Thank-you notes
  22. Candles
  23. Erasers
  24. A comb
  25. A wet-dry electric razor
  26. Anything on VHS tape
  27. Class of 2013 knit throw
  28. Epsom salts
  29. Whatever this is
  30. A 2013 calendar

* unless you are going to clown college
** even if they have your school mascot on them
*** unless it comes with a "Bacon is Meat Candy" t-shirt

What do you want for graduation? Have you gotten any terrible gifts yet?

Topics: Life
Tags: graduation, gifts, horrible things, lists

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