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arriano
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Joined: Jun 13, 2006
Posts: 1434
From: San Diego
Posted: 2009-05-21 1:40 pm   Permalink

I'm sure lots of you out there have received the tacky, crappy "tiki" gift from a well-meaning friend or relative. You know, like some bright neon pink and green mask, some dumb Corona sign, etc.

My question is, what do you do once you've received it? It was obviously given to you as a nice gesture, but you probably don't want to include it with your tiki bar decor. Your first thought is to pitch it or put it in the Goodwill bin. But then what do you say to the friend/relative next time they're over and ask, "Hey, where's that thingamabob I got you?"


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little lost tiki
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Joined: Jun 12, 2006
Posts: 7750
From: Orange,CA-right near the Circle!
Posted: 2009-05-21 1:45 pm   Permalink

Arriano!
keep all that stuff in a box!
clearly label who gave you what
bust out their item and
display it prominently when they come to visit
After they are gone,place item gently back inside box
and put in garage labelled "ODDS-N-ENDS".

Repeat as often as necessary.

TADA!


 
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TIKIVILLE
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Joined: Sep 22, 2008
Posts: 637
From: Edmonton Alberta Canada
Posted: 2009-05-21 1:50 pm   Permalink

you just say honestly ...."what that piece of CRAP?! you were serious about that !"
and then you show your complete dismay at such an insult!
The fact that they care so little than to get you an item that lacks taste and style ....is to assume that you do as well ! that your art,hobby,collection is nothing more that 5 cents worth of paint and a hacked up tree stump is unforgivable!
At that point ya hit em up for some high test aged rum to smooth things over or "leave my tropical Paradise before the natives have your head on a stick!"
easy!......................


 
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Beachbumz
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Joined: Jan 09, 2008
Posts: 1096
From: Kihei, Maui
Posted: 2009-05-21 2:00 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2009-05-21 13:50, TIKIVILLE wrote:
you just say honestly ...."what that piece of CRAP?! you were serious about that !"
and then you show your complete dismay at such an insult!
The fact that they care so little than to get you an item that lacks taste and style ....is to assume that you do as well ! that your art,hobby,collection is nothing more that 5 cents worth of paint and a hacked up tree stump is unforgivable!
At that point ya hit em up for some high test aged rum to smooth things over or "leave my tropical Paradise before the natives have your head on a stick!"
easy!......................



TOTALLY AGREE, Rum is the perfect gift!!!


 
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Kamaina Kraig
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Joined: Mar 13, 2009
Posts: 211
From: Afton, NY
Posted: 2009-05-21 4:49 pm   Permalink

I think I would find a spot for anything anyone gave me. Of course I don't have a lot of the fantastic things I've seen posted on this site so for me anything is welcome....plus I wouldn't want to hurt anyone's feelings. Perhaps when I have more art...carvings...etc....then perhaps they will see the difference and understand what true tiki is about.

KK
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JenTiki
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Joined: Jun 16, 2006
Posts: 2345
From: Home of the best rum collection in NC
Posted: 2009-05-21 5:00 pm   Permalink

I have found a lovely solution to this problem. Each year during our company's annual United Way fundraising campaign, I host a "Beach Blanket Bingo" game to raise money. Since we can't give out cash prizes ('cause then what's the point?), I have "tiki" prizes. The plastic party city cups, masks, etc that well-meaning friends have given to me are perfect prizes for the uneducated coworkers who just come for the pineapple and ham pizza anyway! They don't care that the prizes suck, they're just happy they won something for their $5 donation!

 
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Monkeyman
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Joined: Mar 04, 2003
Posts: 2385
From: Vista, CA
Posted: 2009-05-21 5:09 pm   Permalink

I usually use the lesser quality decorations outside in the yard.

They serve their purpose and when the weather kills the item.... I dont feel so bad.



 
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Sweet Daddy Tiki
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Joined: Jul 20, 2003
Posts: 1101
From: Edmonton
Posted: 2009-05-21 5:39 pm   Permalink

You get the cat to break it.


Unfortunately, I don't think this will break.




 
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Kamaina Kraig
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Joined: Mar 13, 2009
Posts: 211
From: Afton, NY
Posted: 2009-05-21 5:42 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2009-05-21 17:39, Sweet Daddy Tiki wrote:
You get the cat to break it.


Unfortunately, I don't think this will break.





One man's trash....send that sucker to me...I have a great place for it...

PM me....I'll give you my address and send you some shipping fees....

KK
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Sweet Daddy Tiki
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Joined: Jul 20, 2003
Posts: 1101
From: Edmonton
Posted: 2009-05-21 5:53 pm   Permalink

hey k.k., it would probably be cheaper for you to pick one up at your local building centre than to pay shipping on that sucker (I think it's from home depot or home hardware or some such).
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Kamaina Kraig
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Joined: Mar 13, 2009
Posts: 211
From: Afton, NY
Posted: 2009-05-21 5:56 pm   Permalink

Hehehe....thanks sweet daddy.....will look for one here...

KK
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Kamaina Kraig
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Joined: Mar 13, 2009
Posts: 211
From: Afton, NY
Posted: 2009-05-21 6:34 pm   Permalink

Actually....I can't find one like that anywhere. Enjoy it.

KK


 
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beadtiki
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Joined: Aug 24, 2007
Posts: 929
From: Bothell, Washington
Posted: 2009-05-21 6:43 pm   Permalink

I am puting in a "kitch corner" where I will prominently display any and all well-intentioned gifts that I deem lesser than the "real thing." I actually like getting this stuff - my sister, who knows good Tiki, found these plastic red Tiki(?) lights that are battery operated and have a handle (reminds me of the old train lights). She thought they would be fun as a table light in my still-not-built Tiki bar! I think they're histerical! I'll probably use them outside this summer too!

 
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VampiressRN
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Joined: Nov 23, 2006
Posts: 6162
From: Sun City Lincoln Hills (NorCal)
Posted: 2009-05-21 7:18 pm   Permalink

Last year at one of my parties we had a "white elephant" gift exchange and it worked out great. We played grab a gift and everyone got everyone else's Tiki terrors...oh what a world...what a world. Who would have thought good ohana like you could have given me this useless Tiki paraphanalia!!!
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hiltiki
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Joined: Jun 10, 2004
Posts: 4050
From: Reseda, calif.
Posted: 2009-05-22 08:14 am   Permalink

I agree with Monkeyman, I also put the lesser quality items in the outside yard. I usually hide them in between the tropical plants and they all eventually fade or brake or something.

 
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