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Got a Bad Gift? Calling All Complaints

Call me a grinch, but I hate Christmas presents. Most of the time, I don't need them, and I have a chochka-free rule in my apartment. What's more, the thought of wasted time and money makes me feel guilty. Yet, I must open the darn things with a smile on my face.

Apparently, I am not alone. According to this article in the UK's Daily Telegraph, four out of five people get presents they either don't want or need. Unwanted presents are so widespread that this year, over half of gift givers are expected to include receipts with some of their presents, according to the National Retail Federation.

Here's where you come in: We want to hear your holiday gift horror stories. Yes, HEAR them. Send us an mp3 of your audio testimonies about what you got, why it didn't work for you and what you're going to do with it. That's right, get out your digital audio recorders and let loose into the mic. But keep it to two minutes or less, and send them in by Friday. Be sure to start with your first name and where you're calling from. We'll air some of your grievances on New Year's Eve.

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I don't have any horror stories, but my Mom still bought me stuffed animals for Christmas well into my late twenties. Even after I pointed out that I was almost thirty and had no desire or need for stuffed animals, I still received one a couple years ago. This year she skipped the stuffed animals and got me gift cards from a variety of my favorite stores. I was disappointed in the derision gift cards received on your show. I love them and I don't think they're tacky at all! This year, Mom proved she knew what my interests were, but had the guts to admit she was not knowledgeable enough about the specifics to pick something out. I would prefer that than receiving something I didn't want or need.

Sent by April | 1:44 PM | 12-26-2007

Thanks, April! We'd love to hear more about what you did with all those stuffed animals. Send us your contact info at bryantpark-at-npr.org and we'll give you a shout.

Sent by Pauline Bartolone | 2:30 PM | 12-26-2007