We asked readers to reveal the worst Christmas gift they've ever received - and we've had sackfuls of entries. The Mirror asked readers to share their worst Christmas presents on behalf of the Department of Unwanted Gifts (DOUG) - the fictitious body set up to combat Britain's rubbish present giving epidemic. The expert elves at DOUG are unfortunately no strangers to these kind of Christmas morning horror stories. But we've been shocked by the mind-bogglingly low levels some people are able to stoop. And most of the time the victims have received said shocking item from somebody in their own family - often their other half! Below are some of our favourite entries so far... My boyfriend once gave me a set of three saucepans with the middle size missing as he needed that size at home. He thought it was acceptable to keep it. Veronica North, Chingford, London A skateboard when I was eight months pregnant and don't like skateboarding - from my husband. Jenny Lee, Flintshire, Wales A … [Read more...] about People share their worst Christmas gifts ever… and they’re odder than you think!
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Four is an age of changes, the biggest of course being the start of school. That means more independence, learning to read and count, and endless children’s parties for which presents must be provided. Here we’ve gathered together a range of options for the various gift-receiving moments in a four-year-old’s life; big birthday or Christmas presents that parents might purchase as well as items that other relatives might like to buy, and some cheaper options for classmates and friends. We have looked for products that will have some longevity, are good value at a range of budgets, and which provide alternatives to the endless parade of plastic toys. My Encyclopedia of Very Important Dinosaurs: £10.49, blackwells.co.uk This gorgeous, newly-published book pulls off the neat trick of being simple and colourful enough to appeal to a dino-mad four-year-old (which in our experience is most of them) while containing enough info to have a shelf life of several years. Sure … [Read more...] about 10 best gifts for 4-year-olds
"In my household, when I was a kid was growing up, Santa made sure nothing was wrapped. Everything was made, batteries were put inside and it was all ready to go. I yearned for those days for my four children growing up and I tried my best, but Ruth [Langsford] doesn't believe in this process whatsoever. Ruth believes in lots of wrapping paper and bows."Eamonn Holmes, TV presenter"The children are allowed to get out of bed at any stage, within reason, to see what Father Christmas has bought them. But there are also wrapped gifts from family, and they're not allowed to be unwrapped until after lunch. Then you've got playing games after Christmas lunch; Trivial Pursuit, Monopoly, Cluedo, you name it. It gets a little competitive, but it's something that's always done at Christmas – and we will always will do it."Catherine Fulvio, TV chef and food writer"Probably as a reaction to the Christmases of my childhood when we received plenty of love but not much else, Christmas is an … [Read more...] about Quotes: Eamonn Holmes, Catherine Fulvio, Michael Caine share Christmas memories
VALENTINE’S Day is just around the corner, but you might want to stay away from these presents. By Megan Nisbet/Published 13th February 2019 VALENTINE'S DAY: The gift people would least like to receive revealed (Pic: GETTY) For many, February 14 is the most romantic day of the year, where no amount of cheesy gifts, love songs and cuddles could get under you skin.But for some, Valentine’s Day is not an excuse to shower your significant other in cheesy gifts, however much you might want to.In fact, a study has revealed the presents Brits would least like to receive on Valentine’s Day, and they’re all pretty cheesy.Cuddly bears, an album of love songs and expressing your feelings with a surprise tattoo of your partner’s name are all among the gifts nobody wants. Related Articles Six foods that could help boost your sex drive this Valentine’s Day Valentine’s Day 2019 meal deals: Best supermarket deals for romantic night in revealed Bizarre … [Read more...] about The Valentine’s Day present Brits would LEAST like to receive – it might surprise you
A district chapter of Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Party (CDU) received €28,000 ($33,114) from the state-run Azerbaijani oil and gas company Socar in contravention of German rules on party donations, a consortium of public broadcasters NDR, WDR and daily Süddeutsche Zeitung reported. Read more: Azerbaijan laundromat scandal embroils ensnares German MP The case again calls into question connections between certain conservative politicians and the South Caucasian republic, whose leader, President Ilham Aliyev, has been criticized by human rights organizations. According to the report, two payments, one of €3,000 and one of €25,000, were deposited by Socar's Germany-based branch on the account of the CDU's district association in Frankfurt at the end of February 2012. No fine for the CDU The affair had caused a four-year-long legal dispute with the parliamentary administration authority behind the scenes, the report said, since German law … [Read more...] about Angela Merkel’s CDU party received donations from Azerbaijan