How to Avoid Giving Duplicate Gifts


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December 26, 1956, Vol. II, No. 9

[Note: our copy of this issue is very damaged, and few stories are complete.]

Shopping the Village

By Carol Janeway

One Christmas I gave as a present to a young man about town a ceramic-handled bottle opener. He thanked me prettily, and then proceeded to point out that it was the fourth bottle opener I had given him. With this horrid example in mind I then started to keep an elaborate “gift list” to prevent such awkward duplications. Needless to say, it became rather tiresome, so I finally hit on the solution of giving the same thing to everyone. In 1945 all my happy friends received a doorknob, 1946 was paperweight year, and so on.

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