Monday, 12 December 2011

Giveaway Day - CLOSED


Today is the Sew Mama Sew giveaway day, twice a year, blogs from all over the blogosphere join together and give stuff away. And so I will be giving the winner a choice of 3 of my PDF sewing patterns of their choice. There will be lots of other bloggers joining in so remember to pop over to the Sew Mama Sew blog and check out the links.

AND

Everyone is a winner because I have made this free ninjabread men felt ornament pattern PDF download, which was inspired by the ninjabread cookie cutters we received last Christmas.


jojoebi ninjabreadmen


So, to enter the giveaway you need to answer the question and you must include your email address, no email address, no win.
One entry per person.
Open to everyone worldwide.
You don't have to follow my blog/subscribe but it would be lovely if you do, put it in a comment for an extra entry.
Winner will be drawn by random generator at 6pm December 18th (my birthday!) JST.

The question is...

What is the strangest/most unusual/funniest birthday present you have ever received (and the reason why if it isn't obvious).

There are also more giveaways over at Where Women Create.

131 comments:

  1. I wish I had a really wack answer for this but nothing comes to my mind.

    The strangest choice was probably some sausages just because it seems so unbirthday like not that I don`t like sausages.

    m.christenson@gmail.com

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  2. When I turned 16, I received a log for my birthday. A very large, heavy log. It had been carefully hollowed out and screwed back together. I was also handed a screwdriver to unwrap it. Inside was a nice new hairbrush. I guess it was the wrapping rather than the present which was strangest / most unusual / funniest... but it otherwise fulfilled all those categories, and was definitely the most memorable birthday present I ever received.

    Schelle (fractalmyth@gmail.com)

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  3. In 2008 we were stationed in Minot ND. My birthday i mid May and I woke to an unusual cover of new snow! J s t a r h @ g m a i l. C o m

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  4. I'm not entering Jo - because I can't sew but Schelle's comment made me laugh. That is fantastic. Must remember this. Shou would love to undo a log and would probably be excited enough just at that :)

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  5. I really appreciate the kind of topics you post here Great blog and I hope to see more posts in the future from you....keep it on

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  6. Not unusual to me but others may consider it so! My husband gave me two cows one Christmas! Red Polls if you're interested!

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  7. The strangest b-day present I ever got was a roll of toilet paper.

    I wish I could explain it to you, but I have no idea why my father chose this present for me. I don't THINK I was into telling tall tales at that time..... :-P

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  8. hmmm.. funniest birthday gift - my husband bought me a hot water bottle - that smelled like butt - I made such a gross face when I opened it right as a picture was taken . terrible photo. http://thecraftingfiend.blogspot.com/2011/12/sew-mama-sew-giveaway-day.html

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  9. Nothing really starge for me, just the usual socks and some underwear!

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  10. My mom got me a rubber giraffe last year. It was to represent the annual pass to the zoo she bought us, but at first I had no idea what it was for!

    Desi
    weeshareblog@gmail.com

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  11. I can't think of a birthday present, but the strangest Christmas present I ever received was a rice cooker from my boyfriend the first Christmas together. I didn't even know what a rice cooker was, and I know I looked at him like he had two heads when I opened it. It's been 4 years, and I use it probably every other day! Thanks for the giveaway! robyn(dot)geddes(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. for my 21st birthday, my brother gave me a tshirt from my university bookstore. only trouble was, it was a size 2T. yeah. i had no baby, wasn't pregnant, wasn't dating. really, bro? he said it was the only thing he could afford and that i should hold on to it until i needed it. verry funny.

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  13. The strangest thing I ever got was a S&W can of peaches. Back in the day, there was a commercial that I guess was funny about S&W.

    Kritta22@hotmail.com

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  14. I received a porcelain deviled egg holder with a giant porcelain Easter bunny standing up in the center.

    No idea... I suspect it was a re-gift. :)

    Thanks so much. Fun entry!

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  15. Probably the Dyson Vaccum cleaner I got for my birthday one year. My brother was horrified when my parents told him what they'd bought me but I was over the moon!

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  16. Strange....hmmmm....I'm usually very practical and ask for things I need, like MORE fabric of course! ;) I have gotten tires, a vacuum and dinner out with the hubs too though!

    Thanks for the fun!

    hopefulthreads at yahoo dot com

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  17. Strangest Bday pressy I ever got was for my 15th Bday from my 'boyfriend', 2 cans of hair mouse and a pack of cigarettes, I'll never forget it, it didn't last, wonder why??!

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  18. a bushel of plums, I kid you not. It was a new boyfriend in college...needless to say that relationship didn't last!

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  19. The strangest birthday gift I ever received was a modesty book from step-grandmother. I have never been particularly immodest, so I am not exactly sure what she was getting at!

    LOVE the ninja ornament! Thanks!

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  20. The strangest birthday present I have ever received was a bicycle odometer mainly because it a) came out of left field, b) I don't own a bicycle, haven't since I was a kid...

    ssparrowinflight at gmail dot com

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  21. Not really funny or unusual, but I'd have to say my oldest daughter. She was born the day after my birthday.

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  22. The strangest I received was a gag gift bag that included a whoopie cushion. Seriously?!?! Weird.

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  23. a ham cake. yes, really, cake made out of ham. it was disgustingly fabulous!
    thanks for the giveaway!

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  24. Thank you for the felt ninja tuturial! So cute! The most unusual birthday gift I received was a cooler full of live crab. They were destined to be dinner, but it was still quite a surprise to open the lid and see them snapping at me. :)
    scarletteandcinnamon(at)gmail(dot)com

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  25. G-string..hmm kinda a weird gift I received from my girlfriend when I'm 18.
    Thx for the chance to win ^^v

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  26. i recieved some video games from an ex which were not wrapped and i didnt even play video games :) awful! raineoc@yahoo.com

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  27. Um, my sister gave me 2 used t-shirts and a plastic/rubbery purse with a skull on it and the strap was a plastic black chain. My birthday is on Halloween, but it was still odd.

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  28. Haha, love the ninja ornaments!
    Fingers crossed on the pattern winning!

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  29. The funniest birthday present I ever got was my dog Emma. She's a hoot.

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  30. A 'friend' gave me a figurine of an angel holding a cat.

    I'm NOT a cat person. I don't mind them, they're just not for me.

    Very strange, because she knew!

    Thanks for the opportunity!

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  31. Last year I received a bow and this year a new helmet and an axe. We are doing Live Acted Role Playing, so I loved all of it!

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  32. My then 10 year old daughter made me a surprise birthday cake, and when she removed it from the pan, it cracked. Her solution? Stuff the hole full of big jaw breakers. It was a good cake though - as long as you avoided the jawbreakers!

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  33. The strangest Christmas gift I got was a bottle of high octane booster for cars. My brother gave it to me because our car had been having issues. It was a bit of a gag gift, but I didn't realize that until later. At the time, I was confused and a bit put out that he would give me something like that for Christmas. :)

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  34. The most unusual present I ever recieved was an opened and half eaten packet of sweets. . which I recieved every year for 7 years from a particular friend! I never did figure out why. . I think she just got hungry and then carried it on!

    Thanks for the giveaway and awesome Ninja pattern!
    Sarah @ http://kiwigetscrafty.blogspot.com

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  35. Honestly I don't think I've every gotten a really strange birthday post. The oddest thing maybe an ex who hunted to find a place that would make me a peanut butter cookie cake.

    treegold and beegold @gmail.com

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  36. When we were kids, my little brother once gave me two batteries in an empty kleenex box. Merry Christmas!

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  37. The log/hairbrush is hilarious. :) I honestly don't think I've ever gotten something unusual...esp since my family counts on me to tell them *exactly* what I want for any occasion. :) Thanks for the ninja pattern...love it! My 3 year old girl is into wearing "ninja in a tutu" outfits lately...she would love these ornaments.
    sistermoon@gmail.com

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  38. The strangest gift? My grandmother gave me a 2T snowflake sweater. Problem? I was 17. :) Amytheamazing at yahoo dot com.

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  39. Fun patterns! The strangest gift(s) I have received were: a pair of scissors, a box of crayons, a black light, a Taylor Swift Platinum CD, a carrot, and Clear Eyes eye drops. These were all in reference to the gift I later received, my engagement ring. They were for cut, color, luminescence, type of metal, carat, and clarity of the diamond. He's so clever. :)

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  40. I feel a bit uneasy sharing my email in a blog comments section...I'm not a "no reply blogger" so you should be able to have my email address through the way I'm currently logged in.

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  41. My brother gave me a candy bar, 100,000 Grand. We used to joke that we'd give each other 100,000 grand (real money) if we could, and one birthday he did!

    Thank you!

    j_poshusta@yahoo.com

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  42. ninjabread man....HILARIOUS!! :) Strangest gift at the time was a breadmaker from a guy I was dating. It was our first Christmas...he continues to surprise me every year...12 yrs later :) Thanks for the chance..happy giveaway!

    sobellamom(at)gmail(dot)com

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  43. heavy question. in 2009 i started Mutterschutzurlaub (the free time bfore the birth of my child) on my birthday, so that was my greatest present.

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  44. This is not particularly strange, but when I was 16 my boyfriend broke up with me just before my birthday. And then still gave me a present... a bracelet engraved with my name... he obviously bought it before we broke up and couldn't very well pass it along to the next girl with my name on it! hramer(at) comcast (dot) net

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  45. Once my aunt gave me a box of tampons for Christmas. I was so embarrassed and sad because I didn't even have my periods yet. Turns out she was just re-using the box and there was make up inside. :p

    And OMG I love the ninja gingerbread men. I was going to make an ornament for my brother because it's his first Christmas in their new apartment. he will LOVE this!

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  46. My teenage daughter once gave me a bra for my birthday which I thought was a very strange gift! I later found out her dad gave her money to buy me a gift and she bought a new bra for herself and there was a buy one get one free offer on!!!!!!!
    @01592_katie

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  47. My sister gave me the same book 3 years in a row, and had no clue she'd done it. I never told her because she's so great anyways.
    mapdot{at}gmail{dot}com

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  48. A card that had a pig butt on it. On the inside it read, "I like PIG butts and I cannot lie." :)

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  49. The strangest thing I ever got for my birthday way a cake with a Barbie on top that to me looked like a stripper....and it was for my 30th birthday...my inlaws version of a Barbie cake. I didn't even laugh! I had no idea what it meant! Thanks for the giveaway!

    nancebagance at yahoo dot ca

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  50. My parents got me a CareBear...when I was in college! Lol. It was my nickname at the time so it made sense and brightened up my dorm room...but I bet most other people to get that gift that year were about 1/3 of my age!

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  51. Oooh. Patterns! :)

    My strangest birthday gift was the corner of a garage. Really. I was 14 and had asked my parents for a shed for my birthday. I craved some separate 'me' space. They didn't get me a shed but my dad did partition off the back corner of the garage giving me my own little cubby about 6' square. I loved it and even had friends come over and sleep in it with me.

    In retrospect I must have had REALLY good friends back then...

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  52. A toilet seat. OK,it was a nice oak one, but still I got a toilet seat for my birthday! Thanks!

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  53. My strangest gift ever was a frying pan. I absolutely hate to cook and already owned a frying pan but supposedly this was some special frying pan. Yuck!
    momik97(at) aol (dot) com

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  54. Wow... love your patterns. My son would LOVE one of those backpacks!

    Birthday experience... best was when I was a kid & my parents surprised me with a McDonalds party. It was so surprising b/c of the $ involved in having a party that wasn't at home.

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  55. Um, that ninja ornament is freakin' adorable. I had to become a follower just for the reason of the ornament.

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  56. Hmmm.....weirdest thing?My friend sent me granny panties and denture cream when I turned 30. She thought she was clever until I sent it back to her when she turned 30.

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  57. I received a painted set of dental imprints. They were my friends. He painted "Happy Birthday" on them!

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  58. A Noisy Blue stuffed frog - there was an annoying frog on the TV a few years back that advertised ring tones including one that he stared in where he screeched. It made my skin crawl and made me feel homicidal. A friend gave me the noisy stuffed toy as a joke. Worst gift ever spent the whole day wanting to kill anyone who turned it on.

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  59. When I turned 10, an elderly couple my family knew gave me an aluminum pineapple dish, signed on the back by the artist. I sort of wanted a Barbie, but you know, I still have that dish...more than a few decades later. LOL!

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  60. What a lovely giveaway! I love your patterns!!

    You know, I've been thinking all day, trying to come up with the oddest present I've ever received and I just can't think of one. So, I thought I'd tell you one that I've given. Last year, for my husbands birthday, I 'painted' a likeness of him out of chocolate (white, milk, and dark) and put it on the top of the cake. I have to say, I was very proud of myself :-)

    Here is the post:
    http://dirtundermynails.com/2010/09/19/fall-bonfire-and-chocolate-awesomeness/

    maria at dirtundermynails dot com

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  61. I like the ninja ornament, cute!

    I have not received any funny gifts, at least I do not remember getting any, but I do remember being really embarrassed that my mother sent my 1st grade teacher a butter dish as a present. Actually I think she liked it, but as a five year old, I thought it extremely odd!

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  62. I got some weird fish to hang on my wall once. I'm not sure what that person was thinking. I don't go fishing. I don't collect fish. I don't get it. But it was unusual and strange enough for me to remember, so that's gotta count for something right?

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  63. Well, it isn't my story but my mother-in laws and it is funny. My mother in law mentioned to my father in-law that she had always wanted to learn to play piano as a passing comment one day in March. On Christmas morning she walked into the living room to find a piano with a big bow on it. My father in-law had bought her a piano so she could learn to play. My MIL also once mentioned she always wanted to learn to paint and so for Christmas she was given an easel and full set of oil paints and brushes. Need less to say she quickly learned to keep her one off ideas to herself, and she made them take the piano back.
    thanks for the giveaway.
    allisonbright{at}gmail{dot}com

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  64. My Dear Husband gave me a router (because I really wanted one LOL)

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  65. a drawing from my kid - no idea what it was sangee1234 at gmail dot com

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  66. For my birthday, in July, I received a gingerbread cookie kit. Christmas in July! It was very funny!

    Best,
    Michelle
    daydreambelievershop(at)gmail(dot)com

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  67. In tenth grade my friends knew that I was sad and gave me a tiny present during each class that day. A small pencil, or a mixed tape or things like that. It was a great day.

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  68. i got a walker (you know aluminum, fold up, for... older people!!) when i turned 25. yeah, i was like one year older than my rugby buddies in college. pretty funny and surprising.

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  69. I got a DragonTales doll from my friends in college . . . we all thought it was the weirdest show and it made the creepiest noise!

    skooksplayground[at]gmail[dot]com

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  70. I can't really think of anything strange that I have received for my birthday, but then maybe I am strange. ;0)

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  71. It was a gift I received from my grandpa on my 16th birthday. We were playing a white elephant game at my family party, and he took that to mean that he should bring a white elephant for my birthday gift as well. So, I received an ugly, broken lamp for my 16th birthday. He was laughing and laughing and I was having a hard time keeping from crying !

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  72. My brother gave me a Winnie-the-Pooh Duplo set for my 26th birthday. He crossed out the dash between the ages 2-6 so that it became ages 26. I love the thought and effort that went into it. I was very into Winnie-the-Pooh at the time so it was a great gift and really made me smile.

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  73. my husband gave me an answering phone in the 80's. i remember being put out because i didn't really care if i missed a call. he really got it for himself.
    lovebirrdmom at gmail dot com

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  74. Always practical gifts, nothing unusual...

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  75. Oh wow - partterny goodness :)

    Weirdest birthday gifts come from my brother. He is so bad at giving gifts - I love it. It's become a tradition - his gifts are by far the most random things and sometimes highly inappropriate - teehee.

    He gave my hubs and I a boardgame for "us" time, not knowing that it needs at least 3 players. Of all the random gifts that one just had us in stitches.

    Thank you for a great giveaway.

    Marilize
    marilize(dot)paulsen(at)gmail(dot)com

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  76. The only thing I can think of is the one time my highschool boyfriends' mom bought me an old lady style nightgown for christmas--and it was about 3 sizes too big!

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  77. A gigantic box mailed to me (I could easily have fit inside, with maybe another person). It had a pen that lit up on the writing end, all sorts of fun bits and things and the pies de resistance was a glow in the dark Hoberman sphere. Very cool things.
    Cheers, playamerca(at)gmail(dot)com

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  78. Great giveaway, and those ninjabread men are awesome! So, I think my MIL must think I am a 70 yo woman b/c for my last bday she bought my some, ahem, VERY old lady-like clothes that were 2 sizes to big. Nothing against the clothes, but I am in my 30s and try to be somewhat stylish. Maybe she got confused? Anyway, I thanked her nonetheless.

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  79. Not for my birthday, but for our wedding we received a very large stuffed cat! No one is really sure of the purpose. Maybe they thought we needed a pet! Amy @ gasudimack(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  80. My husband surprised me once with a rhinestone tiara for my birthday. I had wanted one since second grade when I only raised enough money at the Halloween Carnival to come in as 1st runner-up! I thought it was the most thoughtful thing ever! sewvery(at)gmail(dot)com

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  81. fun giveaway! the oddest b-day gift i've ever received was a t-shirt with painted on cowboy boots outlined with gold puffy fabric paint and with little round mirrors glued all over. it was one of those times when you wonder what the heck kind of image you project to the world that someone would think that was your style, you know?

    bess :)

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  82. Hmmm...the first birthday I celebrated after my now-husband and I began dating, he gave me a box of cookware - and I hate cooking! Seeing my face, he said open the box - inside the smallest of the pots was another box with a pair of diamond earrings! christielamb1982@yahoo.com

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  83. kitchen utensils to mask puzzle noises and box shape

    beccanae at gmail dot com

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  84. A toy train engine because I like to play train (dominoes). Thanks for the giveaway! Merry Christmas!

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  85. Ooh! I like your dinosaur bag pattern! One year in high school my mom bought me a ceramic birthday cake. She genuinly thought I'd like to have a 10" wide cake sitting on my shelf or something. Still not sure what she was thinking.

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  86. My mom once gave me a giant Pepto-bismol pink robe. I was anti-pink then and everyone knew it!!

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  87. I had a Christmas one year where every gift I got from one side of my family was rubber ducks (ornaments, bath toys, bandaids, etc). Apparently someone thought I collected rubber ducks and spread the word. (I don't!!)

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  88. I really can't think of anything odd... My husband bought me a website this year--that is about the most unusual thing...

    nikkipeachy AT yahoo DOT com

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  89. i can't think of anything but thanks for the giveaway michellecaldera82@yahoo.com

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  90. I don't know if you could really call this funny, but my husband once gave me a crockpot as a gift. Was it really a hint to work on my cooking? :D
    kirkwood0419(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  91. The strangest Christmas present I received was snowman plates from the drug store. He wrapped a bunch individually because he thought opening was the fun part, it was ridiculous.

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  92. I'm a Follower, thanks for the 2nd entry.

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  93. My parents gave me a pound of coffee beans knowing full well that I do not own a coffee grinder nor did I drink coffee at that time. They were going for the one present fits all gift.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  94. I got some Sudoko toilet paper for my birthday last year! I laughed and laughed, especially when my friend said "you can take it camping!". I don't camp. At all.

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  95. I got a giant inflatable can of Rosarita beans that my mum had picked up at a garage sale. Sure, I'd said I wanted them, but I thought I was joking.

    amdierm a t gma il d ot com

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  96. My husband got be a broken key chain one time!

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  97. I really can't think of a weird bday present, but my MIL thinks I LOVE cats - I mean, I like them alright as pets but I don't desire to own everything with cats on it - and of course she finds all this stuff at TJ Maxx & Marshalls with cats on it and always gives them to me for bday or xmas. Ine of the mgrs at our TJ Maxx know me as the anti-cat lady because I return so much cat stuff!

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  98. When I was 12, I got given a bath towel by a friend. Was a very un-exciting present compared to everyone else's presents at the party....but I still have it 15 years later!! haha Who gives a kid a bath towel for their birthday though??? hopeisfree at hotmail dot com

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  99. My husband gave me an empty pack of birthcontrol pills...saying he thought it would be good to try for another baby.
    sntbosch@msn.com

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  100. a box of tea in college from my mom- i don't even drink tea!

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  101. One year my s-i-l gave me a pile of bunched out $1 bills that she set up quite elaborately to blow out of her vacuum hose. The money was to go towards a new vacuum.

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  102. strangest gift is a necklace with an initial that was not mine! wierd! thanks for a great giveaway!

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  103. I got a rubber duck this year for my birhtday to remind me that I was in fact not that old - despite beign constantly told so by my sister.

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  104. I forgot my e-mail address - it's strandkorbtraum(at)gmail.com ... I'm really sorry

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  105. A bag full of yard sale finds!

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  106. I am a follower. Tina M yelowrozen at yahoo dot com

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  107. I got electolosis and accupuncture for one birthday. Everyone thought my fiance (at the time) was weird. My now husband opened my world to accupuncture (I swear by it- it is amazing) and the electolosis, if you saw my uni-brow before and afters. Another great invention. Tina M. yelowrozen at yahoo dot com

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  108. I got a stone coaster set with cats painted on it from my mother in law one year, it was soooo ugly it was hard to hold the giggles in. She means well but gets the strangest gifts sometimes.
    okiedokiemama at yahoo dot com

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  109. I got a salad spinner from a serious boyfriend. It wasn't really funny at the time (just lame) but looking back it is funny.
    tarynoakley(at)gmail(dot)com

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  110. My mother once gave my son a tomato for his birthday!! LAME!! she was serious and I have never asked her why... LMAO

    xo Steph

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  111. A box of condom. It's not for me, its for my hubby, Lol.
    Thanks for the generous giveaway and a chance to win!

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  112. my brother who does not do birthdays sent me this silver dollar store mug (yes the tag was still on it so I knew) weird. thanks! and thanks for the ninja ornament pattern. Love your shop!

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  113. The strangest I received was a skating Santa toy, just like Bart Simpson but in a Christmas version.

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  114. I'm following. Thank you and happy birthday!

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  115. I can't really think of anything. I got a vacuum for Christmas once, but it was what I asked for!
    mindfulhome at gmail dot com

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  116. Hmm one year a friend gave me a life size Worf, (a character from Star Trek TNG). She even carried on the airplane to get it to me! :)
    Thank you for the giveaway! I know my son would love the stuff dog. :)

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  117. A car key. Not a car, but a key. As a teenager I had said that I wanted my own set of car keys (with a car of course). My folks bought me a car key. They thought is was hilarious. Me? Not so funny.
    mcintoshsusan at hotmail dot com

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  118. Ok, strangest gift I ever got was a power drill from my now ex-husband.

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  119. the strangest birthday gift I have ever received was a subscription to Maxim magazine from my boyfriend. For obvious reasons, we're no longer together. :)
    Thanks so much for the wonderful opportunity here; your patterns are adorable! Have a great day! :)

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  120. I got a book called Doctors are dangerous.It was all about how Doctors and pharmacists just want to make money and don't really care about your health...I am a pharmacist!

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  121. When I was younger I collected pandas. I had over 300 of them. Well, my husband (now ex-husband) gave me a raccoon firgurine and said Happy Birthday. He didn't realize that a raccoon was different from a panda. Duh...
    Shahann at yahoo dot com

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  122. When I turned 31 my 6 yr old daughter decorated three canvas totes for my gift. On them she wrote "31" all over them and in the middle it said "MOM IS...". She of course expected me to use them all the time along with my normal collection of reusable bags. And as any good mom would do... I did, and still use them today.

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  123. Last year I received a big jackfruit with request that I must eat it once at all. Ho ho... I could do it

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  124. Last year I received a big jackfruit with request I must eat it once at all .... Just because I´m a big fan of jackfruit but my hubby not
    taraembendesigns(a)yahoo(dot)com

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  125. When I was in university my friends bought me a chicken alarm clock which crowed when it went off - ( I often had a hard time getting up for my early morning labs!)
    amshort(at)rogers(dot)com

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  126. Love the ninjas!
    Really nothing memorable from my birthday...my grandpa wrapped up a stick for christmas one year when I was about 8 or 10 and must have been a fussy kid. I remember thinking maybe it was going to be a kaleidoscope and being so sad/confused that I started to cry when I opened it.

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  127. I love that ninjabread man tutorial! Thanks!

    The stranges gifth that comes to mind was really sort of thoughtful. I really wanted a cat as child and my parents wouldn't let me have (another) one. So, my friend gave me a cardboard cut-out gray tiger cat.

    lobela(at)comcast(dot)net

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  128. seanandlaura(at)ameritech.net

    I'm having a hard time thinking of an unusual birthday gift, but this year my husband got me an iPad and hid it in the refrigerator so I would find it when I went to make dinner!

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  129. I got a book inscribed to me, except with my sister's name.

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