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Top 10 Passive Aggressive Presents for Parents

The holidays are here, which is a prime opportunity to give your best frenemies gifts that keep on giving… in the form of loud noises, ridiculous messes, and feelings of confusion and bewilderment from the poor unsuspecting parents. We’ve all received them – those presents that seem to say “I love you” while subtly communicating otherwise. The kind of gifts that make children swoon with joy, and make their parents say “gee, thanks.” Please share the most passive aggressive gifts you’ve given or received in the comments, and find out our Top 10 Passive Aggressive Presents for Parents after the jump…


  • Window Markers 1 of 11
    Window Markers
    Why the kids will love it: These markers are designed for scribbling all over a formerly forbidden coloring zone - windows.
    Why the parents will hate it: Umm, windows don't clean themselves.
    Window Markers
  • Moon Sand 2 of 11
    Moon Sand
    Why the kids will love it: Sculpt brightly colored sand into adorable treats for hours upon hours of arts & crafts and pretend play fun.
    Why their parents will hate it: Hours upon hours of picking-it-out-of-the-carpet fun!
    Moon Sand
  • Voice Changer Megaphone 3 of 11
    Voice Changer Megaphone
    Why the kids will love it: They can say "GIMME CANDY" in 10 different voices!
    Why their parents will hate it: Their kids can say "GIMME CANDY" in 10 different voices.
    Multi Voice Changer
  • Ball Pit Balls (With No Pit) 4 of 11
    Ball Pit Balls (With No Pit)
    Why the kids will love it: Tossing, throwing, and rolling in balls all day long.
    Why their parents will hate it:Two years later, they'll still be fishing balls out from under the dryer, behind the fence, and tangled in bushes.
  • A Well-Titled Parenting Book 5 of 11
    A Well-Titled Parenting Book
    For example, Parenting Your Out-of-control Child or Your Kids Are Your Own Fault
    Why the kids will love it: You'll be such a better parent to them after you read one of these tomes!
    Why their parents will hate it: You read the titles, right?
  • Stomp Rocket 6 of 11
    Stomp Rocket
    Why the kids will love it: Future astronauts jump and stomp with glee to send the rocket 200 feet into the air.
    Why their parents will hate it: "Sorry about your window Jim... again."
    Ultra Stomp Rocket
  • Smoke Balls and Stink Bombs 7 of 11
    Smoke Balls and Stink Bombs
    Why the kids will love it: Kids love practical jokes, gags, and stinky stuff.
    Why their parents will hate it: Just the message they wanted to send to their future arsonists.
    Smoke Balls, Stink Bombs, or the amazing Bomb Bag
  • DIsney Fairies Water Dispenser 8 of 11
    DIsney Fairies Water Dispenser
    Why the kids will love it: FAIRY WATER!
    Why their parents will hate it: "What are you doing in there sweetie?" "I pour fairy water mama! I make magic fairy floor!"
    Disney Fairies Water Dispenser
  • Drum Set 9 of 11
    Drum Set
    Why the kids will love it: Nothing makes a kid happier than banging out mad rhythms.
    Why their parents will hate it: Nothing makes a parent happier than the sweet, soothing sound of drums.
    Kid's Drum Set
  • A Puppy 10 of 11
    A Puppy
    Why the kids will love it: Duh.
    Why their parents will hate it: Duh.
  • Top Ten Passive Aggressive Present for Parents 11 of 11
    Top Ten Passive Aggressive Present for Parents
    What did we miss? Tell us in the comments!

Jaime Morrison Curtis is author of the bestselling book Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Baby Daughter (A Life List for Every Woman) and founding co-editor at Prudent Baby, the premier DIY destination for crafty moms seeking ways to make their lives even more stylish and beautiful.

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