That Gift I Often Get

Each person has that one gift that everyone else likes to give them. They just get it for birthdays and Christmases repeatedly. For most girls, it’s some form of body lotion, shower gel or fruity spritzer. For most guys it’s stuff like ties and socks. For me, I do get lotion (which is just annoying as it takes me years to get through one bottle) but that one gift is Play-Doh.

  • I got Play-Doh first from someone in high school my junior, senior year: a whole tube of those miniature tubs of assorted colors for my birthday. I thought it was highly amusing as I’m an extremely tactile person.
  • My roommates my freshman year of college gave me a play-doh set to make McDonald’s burgers and fries: molds and all the right colors of dough. Talk about roommates not knowing me very well; I eat fast food probably once every few months, and very rarely is it McDonald’s.
  • I got another tube of Play-Doh from my parents for Christmas my sophmore year. They’d forgotten I’d gotten an identical one years before, and I didn’t say anything. I’ve since thrown away the first set because it had gone dry; I’ve kept a few containers in my backpack to play with when I’m bored. Or to keep my hands occupied in class. Most of it, however, sits in its original tube, unused.
  • Just’In gave his co-workers Play-Doh for Christmas the next year. Naturally, I got the leftovers that he didn’t hand out.
  • I must have commented on this coincidence to my mother-in-law because she gave us both Play-Doh on key chains for Christmas this year. Two of them now hang on my backpack, and I hand them to my snoozing classmates or children around me who are restless. They’re much more handy when they hang in plain sight.

Does anyone else get any one particular gift repeatedly from different people? So often that it’s bizarre?

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About The Original Kate

Along with artistic tendencies, Kate enjoys unusual people and is constantly striving for some sort of nonconformity. Kate offers a perspective that is thoughtful but well-written and full of images within the words. Other tidbits that might intrigue: she has very long auburn hair, and, you guessed it, her favorite color is orange.

Posted on February 20, 2007, in From Rabid-Mormon Land Known As Utah and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 26 Comments.

  1. from joann

    Do you really think your parents did not know you loved play-doh, thus the reason they gave you more to play with at Christmas. Hey I found your site and it’s actually now one of my favorites. So what is your favorite color of play-doh? Most moms hate play-doh for their children, because it gets in the carpet and doesn’t come out very easily.

  2. from joann

    Do you really think your parents did not know you loved play-doh, thus the reason they gave you more to play with at Christmas. Hey I found your site and it’s actually now one of my favorites. So what is your favorite color of play-doh? Most moms hate play-doh for their children, because it gets in the carpet and doesn’t come out very easily.

  3. from joann

    Do you really think your parents did not know you loved play-doh, thus the reason they gave you more to play with at Christmas. Hey I found your site and it’s actually now one of my favorites. So what is your favorite color of play-doh? Most moms hate play-doh for their children, because it gets in the carpet and doesn’t come out very easily.

  4. from joann

    Do you really think your parents did not know you loved play-doh, thus the reason they gave you more to play with at Christmas. Hey I found your site and it’s actually now one of my favorites. So what is your favorite color of play-doh? Most moms hate play-doh for their children, because it gets in the carpet and doesn’t come out very easily.

  5. from joann

    Do you really think your parents did not know you loved play-doh, thus the reason they gave you more to play with at Christmas. Hey I found your site and it’s actually now one of my favorites. So what is your favorite color of play-doh? Most moms hate play-doh for their children, because it gets in the carpet and doesn’t come out very easily.

  6. from joann

    Do you really think your parents did not know you loved play-doh, thus the reason they gave you more to play with at Christmas. Hey I found your site and it’s actually now one of my favorites. So what is your favorite color of play-doh? Most moms hate play-doh for their children, because it gets in the carpet and doesn’t come out very easily.

  7. from joann

    Do you really think your parents did not know you loved play-doh, thus the reason they gave you more to play with at Christmas. Hey I found your site and it’s actually now one of my favorites. So what is your favorite color of play-doh? Most moms hate play-doh for their children, because it gets in the carpet and doesn’t come out very easily.

  8. from joann

    Do you really think your parents did not know you loved play-doh, thus the reason they gave you more to play with at Christmas. Hey I found your site and it’s actually now one of my favorites. So what is your favorite color of play-doh? Most moms hate play-doh for their children, because it gets in the carpet and doesn’t come out very easily.

  9. from joann

    Do you really think your parents did not know you loved play-doh, thus the reason they gave you more to play with at Christmas. Hey I found your site and it’s actually now one of my favorites. So what is your favorite color of play-doh? Most moms hate play-doh for their children, because it gets in the carpet and doesn’t come out very easily.

  10. from joann

    Do you really think your parents did not know you loved play-doh, thus the reason they gave you more to play with at Christmas. Hey I found your site and it’s actually now one of my favorites. So what is your favorite color of play-doh? Most moms hate play-doh for their children, because it gets in the carpet and doesn’t come out very easily.

  11. from joann

    Do you really think your parents did not know you loved play-doh, thus the reason they gave you more to play with at Christmas. Hey I found your site and it’s actually now one of my favorites. So what is your favorite color of play-doh? Most moms hate play-doh for their children, because it gets in the carpet and doesn’t come out very easily.

  12. from joann
    Do you really think your parents did not know you loved play-doh, thus the reason they gave you more to play with at Christmas. Hey I found your site and it’s actually now one of my favorites. So what is your favorite color of play-doh? Most moms hate play-doh for their children, because it gets in the carpet and doesn’t come out very easily.

  13. from joann
    Do you really think your parents did not know you loved play-doh, thus the reason they gave you more to play with at Christmas. Hey I found your site and it’s actually now one of my favorites. So what is your favorite color of play-doh? Most moms hate play-doh for their children, because it gets in the carpet and doesn’t come out very easily.

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