Once again, Rose Henniker Heaton, our no nonsense Australian hostess from 1932, comes up with some timely suggestions as what we should do with that ghastly piece of raffia from the Village Craft Fair or that horrible vase from the High Street charity shop. Take it away Rose.
Never, never, never give away as presents rubbish or monstrosities you have bought at bazaars.
“That will do for old Aunt Susan”, you say as you look loathingly at a plush handkerchief sachet; or, “The very thing for Uncle Albert “, as you seize a dust-catching newspaper stand.
The only thing to do with rubbish is:
(A) Put it in your Ideal Boiler
(B) Send it to a Jumble Sale
(C) Give it to the Rag and Bone Man on his next visit
Note.--if anyone sends you rubbish as a Christmas present, put it in the fire, and send a telegram of thanks. If that doesn’t make them feel ashamed, I don’t know what will:
Ex---“Thousand thanks for shell pincushion stuck on pill-box.”
Reply paid: “Gilded pinecones safely received; what are they for?”
Note---Present giving is not a question of money but of common-sense.