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Homing Presents

Gifts for the tightfisted
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A gift given (posibly at Christmas), which will work it's way back to the sender.

This could possibly be implemented using stealth tactics during the confusion of Boxing day. Or possibly by inserting a small homing pigeon, who will fly home with the present on nightfall.

bagel, Dec 25 2002

A Homesick Present . . . http://bz.pair.com/fun/homer.html
29 Dec 02 | I call him Homer. [47Kb image] [bristolz, Oct 04 2004]

Yikes it's back http://www.halfbake...kes_20it_27s_20back
The converse of this? (Or is it the inverse?) [krelnik, Oct 04 2004]

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       What, you've never experienced the time-hoary tradition of "re-gifting"? Some of us have been giving and getting back the same leaden fruitcakes and tasteless ties year after year after year with no additional invention necessary.
jurist, Dec 25 2002
  

       so sad. merry xmas, jurist. return not necessary.
po, Dec 25 2002
  

       Sadder still Christmas Day annotations. (My feeble excuse is that we're sleet/hail/snowed in.)
DrCurry, Dec 25 2002
  

       Nope. Where I am christmas is traditionally celebrated with a BBQ on the beach, prawns and all.   

       <ruefully rubs aloe vera cream on traditional christmas sunburn>
madradish, Dec 25 2002
  

       DrCurry - I thought you guys would get hit with the wide berth of the wicked storm Left-Coasters had in the form of lots and lots of water just a few days prior. Perhaps the rat's nest is as good a place as any to post an early warning system of Left Coast to NY to UK... Left Coast... weather patterns.
thumbwax, Dec 25 2002
  

       just buy "stuff that gets sad when stolen" for your victims... I mean "friends"...
futurebird, Dec 26 2002
  

       What happens to edible presents that have already been consummed? Your pigeon would look pretty daft ,and probably feel daft as well, just padding around on somebody's stomach wondering how exactly it's going to return the thing.
Miss Weston Smith, Dec 28 2002
  

       She would wait, to fly back with the remains.
neelandan, Dec 28 2002
  

       Is bagel perhaps of Scottish heritage? Would this be a gift with strings actually attached? What if the givee really liked the gift? How would you look when that matched set of nutcracker salt and pepper shakers got up and walked back to your house? Imagine a police APB for wayward plastic cherubim. The streets would be jammed with, among other self-returning gifts, anthropomorphised carol-singing penguins wearing tiny red festive toques, not to mention skies filled with pigeons bearing gifts like polar fleece golf-club covers and DVD rewinders.   

       No, bagel, I cannot give a croissant for this idea, considering its big-picture implications.   

       bristolz - thumbs up for Homer.
Canuck, Dec 29 2002
  

       Cute link, [Bristolz]. Glad to see you got your markers to work again.
jurist, Dec 29 2002
  

       Like your Homer portrait, bris.
FarmerJohn, Dec 30 2002
  
      
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