Gift Friends And Family Their Own Belongings For A Cheap Christmas

Christmas is a time of giving, joy and cheer. A time when we settle in front of the Christmas tree and exchange gifts – thoughtful gifts, expensive gifts, gifts that we maxed out our credit cards on.

It doesn’t have to be that way. Troll your friends and family with this easy Christmas Day hack for laughs and scowls.

It's Evil Week at Lifehacker, which means we're looking into less-than-seemly methods for getting shit done. We like to think we're shedding light on these tactics as a way to help you do the opposite, but if you are, in fact, evil, you might find this week unironically helpful. That's up to you.

When I started earning money stacking shelves at the local Foodland, I often spent that money on myself. My choice of wallet-emptying poison: Video games, new tech and way too much fast food. When Christmas rolled around my paltry savings meant that not everybody in the family was going to get a great gift - some weren't going to get gifts at all.

But for my brother, I reserved a special kind of gift.

On Christmas Eve I would go into his room and grab a stack of CDs he had in his shelf. I’d wrap those up, slap a 'To: Brother/From: Santa' card on the front and stick the gifts under the tree. The next morning, when gifts were being exchanged, he’d see a few extra packages. Once gifts were handed out, I sat back and watched.

When he unwrapped them, the look of confusion and despair on his face was well worth the used wrapping paper. On the one hand, these were CDs he obviously liked. On the other hand, he already had them - or so he thought.

It provides a solid laugh for the gift giver and the receiver gets their own stuff back.

To take this to the next level, start removing their belongings earlier in the year and hide them away. That way, when Christmas Day rolls around, they may have even forgotten they owned it in the first place.

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