"The best gift I ever got is a three-way tie between my first guitar, my first set of skis and my first laptop, all capturing the things I love most: music, the outdoors/fitness and blogging!"
"The worst gift I ever got was one I actually set up for myself: money to go towards a less-than-amazing resort trip when I was in my early 20s!"
"Finally, the weirdest gift I received was a one-size-fits-all fluorescent floral shirt that would scrunch up to nothing and expand to fit a huge man (we tried this out on everyone to ensure it passed the test) in first year uni, a really grand gift from my nana. It went through a lot that year, from being worn by big dudes to getting tested for permeability by drinking beer through it. By the end of it all, it proved to be a pretty multi-functional piece."
"Two years ago, a few days before Christmas, my husband proposed to me, which easily takes the cake for the best holiday gift I have ever received. Even though I did receive other gifts on Christmas Day, the rest was just a happy blur.
"As for the worst gift, my super-stylish sister, who usually has a knack for knowing trends way before anyone else, bought me a necklace that resembled a string with garlic cloves on it. When I opened it, I couldn't help but burst out laughing. To this day, we still refer to it as the ‘garlic necklace.’ Let’s just say that the garlic necklace trend never really caught on!
"The weirdest gift has to be a jar of random buttons I got as a work secret Santa gift. While funny for my co-workers, it was super weird. Years later, I still don't really understand it."
"There are certainly some Christmas gifts that you will never forget, whether good, bad or weird! The best Christmas gift I ever received was from my sister. It was when I was just starting to really get into the fashion industry and she found the most beautiful vintage Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress—I cherish it and will keep it always.
"Of course it is the thought that counts and I am sure I have received some crazy gifts over the years as well, but nothing that has stuck in my mind."
Carly moved to B.C. from Yellowknife, N.T. to pursue a career in journalism. She is a student in Capilano University’s Bachelor of Communication program, and loves writing about compelling human interests and all things Vancouver. In her spare time she can be found wandering and photographing city streets; probably lost, and discovering new hiking trails. She lives in North Vancouver with her boyfriend.