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8 types of gift-giving Scrooges

The gift shifter
The gift shifter © nikkytok/Shutterstock.com

The gift shifter

Admittedly, some of us go overboard on holiday presents. Call us crazy, but we find great joy in giving, so there are always lots of presents sitting around in our busy households, waiting to be opened.

These ready-to-give packages are easy prey for the sneakiest of all Scrooges, the Gift Shifter. He simply substitutes his own festive to/from tag for one on a wrapped gift and figures no one will be the wiser.

Three warning signs that your gift has been shifted:

  • "Dear Sis, thank you for the jock strap ..."
  • Uncle Benny doesn't even remember your name, much less your shoe size.
  • You're the only third-grader on your block to receive a bottle of scotch.

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