The Passive Aggressive Giver's Gift Guide
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How Thoughtful1 of 11
By Andie Huber
Getting everyone the "perfect" gift is always a challenge—particularly for those people who test your patience all year long. Whether it's for a demanding friend, OCD sibling, or a critical in-law, we've rounded up ten thoughtful gifts—with a passive-aggressive twist. Tis the season!
Family Ties2 of 11
You've always suspected your brother-in-law is a Neanderthal—now you can actually find out! Give him National Geographic's Geno 2.0 kit, which will let him trace his ancestry back thousands of years. You'll look like you're supporting science when in fact you are just proving some secret suspicions.
SHOP NOW: Geno 2.0 test kit, $160, nationalgeographic.com
French Lesson3 of 11
Your friend is constantly bragging about her tot's mastery of French (though you've never heard her say more than oui and non) and reminding you that now is really the best time to teach kids a second language. Embrace her bilingual philosophy and give her Comment Le Grinch A Volé Noël!
SHOP NOW: Comment Le Grinch A Volé Noël!, $13, anthropologie.com
Sweet Talk4 of 11
Your already slim sister just loves to count everyone's calories, including yours. But we dare her to resist this indulgent Tower of Chocolates. Hopefully the good-mood boost she'll get from eating the truffles will make her forget the sweets she just consumed.
SHOP NOW: Tower of Chocolates, $40, harryanddavid.com
Crisis Management5 of 11
Know a high-maintenance drama queen? This 17-piece kit will help her survive any situation, including chipped nails, snagged pantyhose and stinky breath.
SHOP NOW: Minimergency kit, $15, pinchprovisions.com
Smarty Pants6 of 11
Your know-it-all niece is graduating college next year. Send her Modern Manners—a new etiquette book that will help her ace job interviews and promote overall good behavior. It will look like you are supporting her future successes—while you are secretly saying, "You still have a lot to learn."
SHOP NOW: Modern Manners, $13, amazon.com
The Voice7 of 11
Your friends insist on bringing their loud brood along for brunch dates even though you don’t have kids. Give them this megaphone that will change their kid's voices into over a hundred amplified combinations—guaranteed to be music to their ears.
SHOP NOW: Toysmith multi-voice changer, $11, amazon.com
In Good Order8 of 11
Your neat-freak brother is constantly complaining about crumbs and bugs. We're positive he'll overlook his OCD tendencies when you give the gift of biology to your nephew with Uncle Milton ant farm. There really isn't a possibility of any ants escaping...is there?
SHOP NOW: Uncle Milton ant farm, $19, amazon.com
Starting From Scratch9 of 11
While you appreciate your cousin's failed attempt at yet another fruitcake, try to motivate her to try something different with this mini scone pan. Hopefully some fresh baked goodies will show up at the breakfast table this year.
SHOP NOW: Nordic ware mini scone pan, $36, williams-sonoma.com
Sick Again?10 of 11
Your co-worker called in sick, again, forcing you to pick up her workload. Buy her the Air Tamer—a device that can be worn around the user's neck and prevents pollutants like dust, bacteria and viruses from coming within three feet of the user's head.
SHOP NOW: AirTamer Travel Air Purifier, $77, amazon.com
Late Arrival11 of 11
We all have a friend who is always late—for whatever reason. Give her a reason to evaluate what time means and how it may affect others with The Book of Times. Toss in a handmade bookmark with information for the free app, Leave Now. It's a personal assistant to help keep her on time and will send notices to her phone when it's time to leave for an event, adjust for traffic, plus will send ETA alerts to key players so they aren't impatiently waiting.