That One Time I Screwed Up Christmas.

This post has nothing to do with DIY.  And as easily as I could have screwed Christmas up with my  “Just let me paint behind the tree…No, you dont need to move it…”  BAM! Buzzzzz! Darkness.  I did not do that this year.  What I did do was much worse.

You all have had a chance to “meet” Court right?  He is the best husband in the world.  We are quite the pair.


I like to consider myself a thoughtful gift giver.  I put a TON of effort into the planning and thinking, and thinking and planning.  And sometimes (like last year) it pays off.

Sometimes it doesnt.

Let me plead my case.

Court REPETEDLY says and I quote “All I want in this world is a clean house.”

So being the loving and thoughtful wife I am this is what I gave Court for Christmas:


For those unfamiliar with my girl Zoila she is the housekeeper on Flipping Out and is one of our favorite people in the entire world.

As he unwrapped it I exclaimed “We are getting a cleaning lady!!”

To say he was not happy is a slight understatement.

Apparently Court thought he was getting a gun.   (Which I would never buy for him because he is so picky.)  Basically it was a lose/lose situation.


So have you ever had a great gift backfire?  Tell me all about it!

Love Your Guts, Mandi


  • Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia 28.12.2012 at 20:59

    Hey, Zoila is cheating on me, she supposed to come to my house!
    too funny


  • stagasaurus 28.12.2012 at 21:04

    Four years ago I bought my boyfriend (who is now my husband) some golf balls and a golfing glove. He gave up golf almost immediately after and has never played since..

    Same man a few years later was watching an episode of a comedy show and says “I would love to see the early episodes of this”. I make a mental note, buy dvd boxset. A week before Christmas he is watching another episode and says “I’d love to see the early episodes of this” I sit there smiling to myself and he says “Oh, but don’t buy me the boxset or anything, I’ve got too many of those”.

    Don’t feel bad. Has he only ever bought you perfect presents?

  • Shug in Boots {Beth} 28.12.2012 at 21:06

    Ha! Cleaning lady, gun, I can see the miscommunication. The only thing I told my husband I wanted was boots, and I sent him the link in October. He waited until December 19th or 20th to go to the mall. The didn’t have the exact pair of boots, so he didn’t pick out any at all. {Even though my pinterest board has like 18 pairs on it.}
    True story.
    But, luckily, he is awesome in like 65198165198451 other ways. 😀
    Here’s to clean houses?

  • Sunday 28.12.2012 at 21:11

    For our first married Christmas I had all my husbands hockey pins beautifully mounted and framed. I could tell he wasn’t enthused. The next day he told me he really didn’t care thatuch about his pins and that some of them weren’t even his. Bummer, I thought it was such a great

  • Andrea Turner 28.12.2012 at 21:13

    Gift card for the gun store is a great plan. I got my husband a gun… but didn’t get any of the things that go with it. I didn’t want to pick out the wrong accessories.

  • Econicho 28.12.2012 at 21:21

    I blame men. They are just impossible to shop for. You are innocent. Don’t blame yourself – your goose was cooked before you even dreamed up that lovely gift. I have given up. I give mine sweaters or Best Buy gift certificates.

  • beccalouise 28.12.2012 at 21:24

    All I every want is a clean house too. If my husband wants something gun related, I ask him to email me links of what he wants and I pick from those.

  • Danee 28.12.2012 at 21:43

    Ugh, I’m married to someone who is rarely happy with his gifts. He is picky and a pain in the you know where when it comes to gifts. For years he wanted a Bose sound system so everyone gave him money toward the goal. It was perfect because it let everyone off the hook. This year I got him mostly clothes that he needed and since he hates shopping it is a good gift for him. But we have been married for 18 years and I can probably name on one hand the umber of terrific gifts he got that he loved and I was thrilled with giving. Two years ago he told me NOT to get him an iPad because his work was supposed to give them to all the pilots… so I didn’t. Then last November we were talking about why the still didn’t have one and he informed me I was supposed to have given him one for Christmas the year prior….I promptly bought him one but it felt too little too late. My point? You aren’t alone.

  • Andrew 28.12.2012 at 21:59

    I’m sad for Court, but that is a fabulous gift! Thanks for making me laugh my head off just now! The reason being is because I can picture the whole scene as it went down.

  • Trish 28.12.2012 at 22:39

    I would have started screaming then would have passed out from excitement if I got a cleaning lady for Christmas. But then again, I’m not a guy. I think my husband would have had the same reaction that your husband did. This year I got him a gps for Christmas because he needs one for work & his literally burned out a couple weeks ago. Like, the thing was smoking. Yesterday he went to use it for work & the crazy thing doesn’t work! Good thing it was my husband or I would have died of embarrassment for giving a dud of a present.

  • Jen 29.12.2012 at 00:57

    I have to know, like REALLY, REALLY have to know WHERE you find those magnificent frames!!!!! Pretty, pretty please tell me how/where I can get some. :)

  • Katie 29.12.2012 at 07:20

    Hey, I got a gun for Christmas and I am less than enthused. Maybe we could switch?

  • SA 29.12.2012 at 14:54

    We bought an xbox for our little one and it was underwhelming. I was hoping she would like the dance games and the adventures but still too young. She even asked why Santa brought it. Womp, womb. However, the Melissa and Doug “piggy” suitcase and fisher price doctor kit and grandma’s was a HUGE hit. Oh well

  • Karenrn 29.12.2012 at 16:05

    Ours was exactly the opposite. He wanted golf clubs I wanted an Iphone. He got golf clubs, I got nothing that looked like an Iphone. For the last five years this has been my little experiment. I have asked for an Iphone for every birthday, Mothers Day, Valentines, Christmas, Columbus Day, Kawanzaa, Hanukkah (you get the idea) since they first came out and I have never gotten one. Since we have been married i felt that he couldn’t take a hint if it fell on him like a house. So I have proved my point and will just give up and buy my own Iphone. He is a wonderful husband in every other way so I will put up with this little flaw even if it is a pain in the butt. I must say that after reading your blogs and then seeing the family Christmas photo are you sure we are not distantly related?? somehow?

  • Julia Konya 29.12.2012 at 17:45

    I love Zoila too, she is awesome!
    A cleaning lady is a present for both of you, so I think it’s an win-win situation, LOL!

  • Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife 29.12.2012 at 20:47

    Bahahaha! Sounds like the best gift in the world to me! = )

  • Amanda @ Serenity Now 29.12.2012 at 21:19

    LOL! Had a reverse situation happen to me when we were first married. T gave ME a gun one year and was so excited about it. I. was. not. I like to shoot targets, but I didn’t want a gun for Christmas. He has never lived it down. 😉

  • Ash Culpepper 30.12.2012 at 04:13

    I love the picture you framed for it though! Thankfully (or not?) I always do pretty well with gifts for my husband, but looking at his gifts to me you’d think he has never even met me! I guess he likes what I give him, he’s not a very enthusiastic person so I can never tell if he hates it or loves it. Ah well, Valentine’s is coming up…

  • Carol D. 30.12.2012 at 16:22

    And whose husband runs out and buys whatever they want right before Christmas!!! Yes, I thought so. And they are so hard to buy for anyway. This year the hubby bought his own Ipad right before. So I bought him a wirelss printer so he could print from it. He didn’t act too excited, so don’t really know if he liked it. Still bragging on his own Ipad purchase. Hmmmmmmm!

  • slayer 31.12.2012 at 02:35

    If you want help getting him a gun, message me. My husband designs guns for browning (the bentley of guns). I can even get you a tour of the place in Mt. Green, Ut.

  • 4castles 31.12.2012 at 03:42

    This made me laugh!!!! One of the guys that I worked with always talked about how junky
    his wife’s purse was. You know, wadded up cleanex, envelopes, coupons, gum wrappers, tic tacs, pen caps all at the bottom of her purse. Well, he told her he was getting her a new purse for Christmas. Well, Christmas came and she opened all of her other gifts, but he saved her new ‘purse’ for last. She opened it up and it was a black garbage bag!!! Needless to say, she was NOT happy!!! He said he learned to only give gag gifts when it isn’t a special occaision and to give those first so there is still something to look forward to opening. LOL
    Now, I can relate to your hubbie wanting a clean house. I cleaned ours back in the summer and he came home and said he thought it was Christmas since that’s about the only time that ours isn’t cluttered (well, the clutter is hidden in the closets and the attic). Yeah, I can relate! LOL

  • Christina 31.12.2012 at 16:11

    Court may not know this now…. but he will LOVE a cleaning lady. It is life changing- seriously LOVE.

    I just want to kiss her every time I come home to a clean house (ours comes every other week)

    No worries, any gift is gift enough :-)

  • Cathee 02.01.2013 at 03:33

    I love Zoila! My sister meet Jeff and she said he is so funny in person. I never have gifts that backfire, so far. My husband on the other hand…..

  • Carrie 02.01.2013 at 18:26

    I loved reading everyone’s stories! I don’t buy my husband gifts anymore. I save up money and a few days before Christmas, give him a wad of cash and tell him to go pick out something he wants. It never fails–hundreds of dollars to spend on just himself and no wife whining at him about it or asking where it went? Please. He’s in heaven. Only catch is he HAS to let me wrap it so he can unwrap something Christmas morning with the family.

  • rakuyavi 02.01.2013 at 19:43

    Guns as gift for an occasion to celebrate PEACE, love and joy?

  • Heidi Rew 02.01.2013 at 21:30

    Hilarious! This didn’t happend with my husband (but be patient & I’m sure I’ll have a good story…we’ve only been married for 1 1/2 yrs) but my dad. I pride myself in gift-giving so this experience was really devestating. I got my dad his favorite movie one year. Turned out he had never seen the movie. Have no idea where I got the idea it was his favorite. We also have a big family so there are multiple times where two people have gotten a family member the exact same gift. Yay for a clean house for 2013! ;p <3 Heidi Rew from

  • Suzanne and Nate 03.01.2013 at 04:43

    Just LOVE that Christmas story pic! Made my night! Ha ha!

  • undomestic mama 03.01.2013 at 21:15

    I almost ruined Christmas in a different way. We traveled across our state to visit family and it wasn’t until after we got there that I realized I forgot every single gift Santa had dropped off early.

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