January 15, 2011

Crappy Day Presents

Yesterday I had a crappy day. I didn't write about it here because meh. But it was crappy, and YES as a matter of fact it DID turn out to be partly PMS, and PERHAPS YOU SHOULD NOT ASK SUCH NOSY QUESTIONS, GEEZ.

ANYWAY. Lucky for me I had in my possession a heap of Crappy Day Presents from Rachel, AKA Doing My Best. This is such a great idea: she and her friends send these to each other, not to be opened right away but rather to be held for a crappy day when such a thing is most needed. Not only does the recipient then get a well-timed gift, she can look look forward to it the entire time BEFORE she needs it. And then when there IS a crappy day, the feeling is not just "ACK, CRAPPY" but also "But this means I get a PRESENT."

I love this. Rachel sent me a sampler of FIVE Crappy Day presents so I could try this out over time, and she labeled them with how severe of a crappy day should be matched with each gift. Here's Rachel's key:

Minor—“Life certainly can be blah!”
Moderate—“Why is everyone around me *SO* IRRITATING?!”
MAJOR—“If people don’t *WATCH OUT*, HEADS MAY ROLL!!!!”

And yesterday I went straight for a Major. Look what was inside:

A two-layer tin of chocolates, and a little card containing kind words.
Foreground: the label that was on the outside of the package.



Would you like a closer look at those chocolates? I'll bet you would, you naughty wench.


Those are See's Chocolates, mostly MY FAVORITES (Butterscotch Squares) but with some Polar Bear Paws thrown in for variety and the fun of trying something new (and they are REALLY GOOD: peanuts and caramel and white chocolate and cute name).

So! I can now give first-person testimony that this is a great idea, especially if you ALREADY like sending impulsive little presents to friends.

25 comments:

Mama Bub said...

This is genius. Can I send one to myself?

Erica said...

Best idea EVER.

Elsha said...

Pretty sure I need to make some of these for my sisters.

Caitlin said...

So fantastic. I want to do this now.

Also, I want a sample of those Polar Bear Paws because they sound like everything good in this world.

Glad your day got a little brighter!

Misguided mommy said...

Want something else to perk you up. Head over and watch the mega humiliating video blog I posted

Stimey said...

How fun is this? Great idea!

Elizabeth said...

Oh, I love this. Care packages are my favorite things in the world, and this is such a good idea for them. ESPECIALLY since I have just discovered the WONDER that is the Target clearance shelves. Now I know what I can do with all those sale items "I" don't really need.

Nancy said...

I love this idea! What a great way to cheer up a friend even if you're far away (which I am since we moved).

Kelly said...

that is the greatest idea EVA! Swistle, I have been remiss in reading your blog cuz my life has sucked!!! talk about MEH!!!
I need somma that crappy day action. LOL only I'd be dead cuz for the amount of crappy days I've had, I'da eaten myself into a coma.

Anyway, your blog is STILL so funny and so genuine and real. You are just awesome!

Love the crappy day presents idea. love love love!

Kristen said...

This is such an excellent idea. I'm totally going to do this! And someone mentioned Target's one-dollar aisle...perfect place to stock up!

Doing my best said...

Oh, I'm so sorry you needed a crappy day present but so happy that you liked it =)! And it looks like the chocolates made it in decent shape, whew! That was the only one I was a little worried about =)...

Swistle said...

Doing My Best-- They're PERFECT. The little white spots are bits of white chocolate that got onto the others, which somehow I managed not to notice before taking the picture! And I've eaten one Polar Bear Paw and two Butterscotch Squares, and they are PERFECT.

d e v a n said...

Genius! I would have opened a severe one today for sure. It may or may not have something to do with PMS but that is beside the point. I am going to start sending these to people!

Nicole said...

That is quite possibly the single greatest idea ever.

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Love this idea. I'm so doing this!

nicole @ muchmorethanamom said...

Oh, thank you for sharing this idea! I have already stolen this idea and am making something tonight. Yay!

When I was in university, my friend and I gave each other a "bag o' shit" every so often. We had nothing, so it was random crap but it made us laugh and we loved it. Reminds me of that.

Stacey said...

That is a wonerful idea! I definitely thik crappy day gifts have a place in my life. :)
:)

nicole @ muchmorethanamom said...

Me again! I love the chocolate idea, but when you open the others can you please share the contents to give me some more ideas of the "levels of crap?"

Thanks!

Shea said...

Sorry you had a crappy day. The Crappy-Day Gift is such a great idea! I love it. And, oh, how I miss See's candy. We don't have them out here. I have to get my fix whenever I go back to California for a visit. Buying online just wouldn't be the same as being greeted with a sample and the wonderful smell, just for walking in the door.

I hope tomorrow is a vast improvement.

Swistle said...

Nicole- Great idea! I'll do that! Rachel also sent me a whole bunch of different pretty cupcake papers, which was SO FUN since I can definitely use them and would never have bought them for myself, and also just because it was such a great gift idea and something I'd never thought of!

Raisin'Cookies said...

I adore this idea. Thank you so much for sharing it!

Superjules said...

This inspires me to send my friend L a little 'pick-me-up' package or maybe a gift card. Because she is in the first year of the same crazy intense nursing program I'm in (I'm finishing up-- almost done with the 3rd yr) and it is really rough. I've been sending here little "you can do it!" "you're a rock star!" etc text messages but gifties sound even better. It's so NICE to see that somebody cares and knows the things you might like.

lifeofadoctorswife said...

I love this idea. I want to assemble some Crappy Day care packages for some of my best friends immediately!

misguided mommy said...

this is such a great idea i would love to participate in this. how do i sign up

Jenny said...

Wow, I love this idea! I am definitely going to do this for my sister. But I'm sorry you had a Major Crappy Day.