Welcome to #ThrowbackThursday! Everyone has had this experience, though some are saltier about it than others: the holiday gift you never got.
Angela Leavitt, Founder & Chief Mojo-Making Officer
Every year from the time I can remember, I asked Santa for a puppy in the letter I wrote him. More specifically, a cocker spaniel puppy. And every year he would eat the cookies I had left and write me back saying, “Sorry, I ran out of puppies before I got to your house!” I thought that was extremely poor planning on his part, seeing as how I asked for the same thing every year.
But by the time I got around to recognizing that my mom’s handwriting was an awful lot like Santa’s, I had convinced my grandma to get a puppy. And since I spent so much time at her house, it felt like she was my dog.
Juliana Kenny, Content Manager
I am horrified that this was ever a thing I wanted. I am ashamed of my child self. However, it remains true that I asked my parents for a Cabbage Patch doll that “urinates” after you give it a bottle full of water. The Drink N Wet Cabbage Patch Kids Newborn doll “actually feeds and pees” — which is maybe the most vile description of any toy ever — and my parents rightly refused to get it for me. If only real parenting was as jovial as this descriptor: “Feed him and change his diaper over and over again for endless fun.”
Justine Dolorfino-Thieman, Digital Strategist
I rightfully never received the Super Soaker 300 as a present as a child, which I completely understand because it’s so unnecessary. No one needs to be able to shoot this much water at once. Besides, as an only child growing up, I had no one to shoot water at but my parents… which is probably why they opted against this. That said, as an adult, I still kind of want this. Maybe I should look on eBay…
Andrea McCarter, Project Coordinator
The present I never got as a child was a Furby. These furry toys were like a cross between a stuffed animal and talking gremlin. They would say a few words, blink their lifeless eyes, and walk a few steps occasionally. Looking back on it now I’m not sure how children found them cute, they are pretty creepy and demonic looking. That’s probably why my parents refused to get me one, and looking back, I’m not mad about it!
Tom Ladeau, Social Media Manager
I can’t remember exactly when, but I wanted a Razor scooter for a while. It just looked like a fun way to cruise around and yet be more nimble than a bike. They were also pretty expensive for what they were, although looking now they are pretty cheap.
One of my friends had one with light up wheels. The rear wheel was soon square-edged, however, from his aggressive braking on hills. I also remember a classmate breaking his ankle trying to do a trick with one. So maybe I dodged a bullet with this one.
Michael McCarthy, Account Executive
The gift that I never received was a Chia Pet. I remember seeing one on an infomercial or something probably in between watching cartoons. I asked my mom for one for Christmas and she just laughed it off. Although it was a serious inquiry at the time, I never received the little pet that grows grass instead of fur.