Think about it. And while you are, here are three answers from shoppers and mall walkers at Maplewood Mall.
Roger and Carol of White Bear Lake. A vacuum cleaner. Listen (mp3).
Lisa from White Bear Lake: An egg. Listen
Mindy from Arden Hills and her colleague whose name I can't give you because the tape ran out on my tape recorder (rookie!): Finger puppets, an "over the hill" bra, and a joke coffee cup. Listen (mp3).
By the way, Mindy had the best answer in the "best gift given" category. She bought her husband "all the toys he wanted as a child." Apparently, his house burned down when he was a kid, taking with it all his toys. So she found all the old toys, bought them, and gave them to him one recent Christmas. Nice.
Now it's your turn. Oddest present you ever got was ... ?
Rock salt for the sidewalk.
The oddest gift I ever received was an exotic fruit (exotic for this hemisphere anyway) it's know as Buddha's Palm and looks like this...
Mark S. Jungmann
Member Benefits Team
Minnesota Public Radio
I don't know if this counts as odd, but years ago in the 1960's my Mom got a shiny new aqua snowshovel. Usually snowshovels came in standard issue red, so this was really rare deluxe fashion-forward model. Aqua was her favorite color.
This was in the era before snowblowers and everyone kept their snowshovel right outside the front door. Well, it was too tempting. Within a month someone had stolen her snowshovel. She told me later that she knew then the neighborhood was starting to go downhill and we would be moving out eventually.