Sarah Palin is currently under investigation for allegedly receiving improper gifts during her tenure as governor of Alaska. This made me wonder ... as we head out shopping for weddings, birthdays, and get-well gifts, how many of us realize what is a proper gift, and what is not? For the purposes of clarification, I put together this handy chart for future reference.
Proper Gift: chocolates
Improper Gift: used cans of motor oil
Proper Gift: nice box of stationery
Improper Gift: dead beetles in a jar
Proper Gift: a DVD
Improper Gift: moldy bologna
Proper Gift: a gift certificate to the recipient's favorite store
Improper Gift: dryer lint
Proper Gift: a green plant
Improper Gift: leeches
Proper Gift: a pretty wall hanging
Improper Gift: fast food restaurant napkins
Proper Gift: wall clock
Improper Gift: toenail fungus medication
It is my hope that we might all become enlightened and learn to tell the difference between a proper gift, and an improper gift, lest our gift-giving someday become suspect as well.