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When novelty gifts wear off

Novelty gifts can be fun or painful


When novelty gifts wear off

It is time to light a candle and take a moment to honour four women who personify all things sassy, snarky and sexy. There is a whole range of prayer candles with pictures of each Golden Girl on them. Yes.

You can have Blanche, Dorothy, Rose and Sophia’s face plastered all over your personal candle to worship at the altar of the GGs.

I was sent a set from a dear friend who has always been obsessed with the TV show. Amused, a little confused, and intrigued by this gift idea, I started to Google who else comes stuck on a prayer candle.

It turns out pretty much everyone, including the other iconic show from way back when: Friends. Yes. You can have Saint Rachel and Saint Joey next to your bed to say a few Hail Marys to before rolling over to sleep.

They are nearly as good as the Sex And The City candles. I love these candles, as you can actually use them.

I am not usually a fan of novelty gifts, probably due to the fact I have worked with a very cheeky radio lad for well over a decade and he has given me every novelty gift under the sun.

He has taken great pleasure in tormenting me with gifts that are wildly unsuitable for me. The list of goodies I have received includes a rubber car tyre swan pot plant holder that was actually my wedding gift.

Yes, remember them from our grandma’s gardens? I mean nothing screams romance and wishing you a lifetime of happiness together the way a bit of ugly car tyre craft does.

I have been given huge water pistols used for spreading tomato sauce; the entire set of Police Academy movies (complete with a fake police siren); a Star Wars bottle opener; a toilet seat covered in pictures of bacon; and an apron with Ryan Gosling snuggling a puppy emblazoned on the front of it.

Most of these gifts partly made me smile and partly infuriated me, because I knew I would not be using them.

Many of us are recovering from our Christmas debt hangover after it was revealed on average each and every one of us spent $800 at Christmas.

Collectively, we spent $48 billion across Australia. Wow.

As I attack the year with my goal to consume less, I thought about the items I treasure most dearly in my cluttered home. They are mainly homemade things from my kids, some art, and a photo of my husband on the first day of our married life together in a $2 photo frame.

But I have always been addicted to shopping and addicted to collecting stuff. I have 238 rabbit ornaments in my house.

The bunnies need a cull. But I am keeping and using the Golden Girl candles from my lovely buddy and I say to her: thank you for being a friend.

Sami Muirhead is a radio announcer, blogger and commentator. For more from Sami tune into Mix FM.




Sami Muirhead is a radio announcer, blogger and commentator. For more from Sami tune into Mix FM.

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