January 25, 2006

The Nose Knows Poll

First off: I need to stress that this poll is not about anyone you know receiving a nose hair trimmer as a gift. But I had a discussion about this with someone years ago and I wondered what my readers would think.

The question is simple:

Does a nose hair trimmer make a great gift?
Yes - a nose hair trimmer is the pinnacle of thoughtfulness.
No - when I unwrap a gift, I’m not expecting it’s about nose hair hygine.
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Feel free to discuss the reasons behind your answers. When there are enough votes, I’ll weigh in, too.

Posted by James at January 25, 2006 8:42 AM
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I say *generally* not, but if someone has expressed an interest in getting a nose hair trimmer, that's different.

Posted by: Julie at January 25, 2006 9:28 AM

I will agree with Julie. It's right up there with "hair restorer" and deoderant, along the lines of "*I* perceive that *you* have a problem and the most thoughtful way I could think to tell you was to act as if this information is a gift."

But if the person asked for one, then it's more rude not to give it to them because of your own notion of what's a tasteful or appropriate gift.

Posted by: Maggie at January 25, 2006 10:34 AM

I agree with the previous 2 comments.

Unless of course it had an attachment for trimming "ear" hair... Then it's a completely different story :P.

Seriously, this poll reminds me of a trip to ireland I took once. My friend an I went to the Aran islands( off the coast of Galway) and we were greeted by a man who had more Nose hair than hair on his head (and he wasn't bald).


Posted by: Jay at January 25, 2006 11:35 AM

I spelled hygiene wrong.

Posted by: James at January 25, 2006 11:40 AM

And I refuse to comment on this post because of it. ;-)

Ok, too late. I think even if someone asks for one, I won't get it for them as a gift. It's not a gifty thing and I really don't want to be a part of anyone else's nose maintenance.

Posted by: briwei at January 25, 2006 1:15 PM

I have a new question -- what kind of personal maintenance will Brian agree to be a part of? Just what's so offensive about a nose that Brian won't help out?

Will Brian do feet? Will he give a spa pedicure gift certificate, for example? Would corn and bunion removal be going too far?

Inquiring minds want to know!!

Posted by: Maggie at January 25, 2006 7:11 PM

Amusingly, we gave Grandmother Lilian a foot care kit for Christmas. But I was not in favor of it.

Posted by: briwei at January 26, 2006 2:37 AM

I think a pedicure would be okay. That's supposed to be a luxurious type of thing and doesn't imply that there's anything wrong with your feet.

I don't know if they remove corns at a spa, but I think bunions require surgery. If someone wanted to pay for that and my insurance didn't cover it, I'd consider that to be quite a generous gift!

Posted by: Julie at January 26, 2006 9:09 AM

I think that if you enjoy foot care, you'd enjoy a foot care kit. Personally, I like to take care of my feet (partly because it makes them feel better and partly because it prevents foot problems).

Someone at work gave me a foot care product after we had a discussion on it, and I quite appreciated it.

However, I personally don't know anyone who has said they enjoy nose hair hygiene. If they did, and if they really wanted a trimmer, it could make a great gift. But we're talking generally here.

The story behind this poll is probably less interesting than the discussion here.

On a forum years ago there was a discussion about gifts. Thinking of things that would not be good gift ideas, "nose hair trimmer" occured to me. It's not a gift i would expect to get from anyone and not one I would feel happy giving, unless it was specifically requested.

Someone took offense at my comment because they thought a nose hair trimmer was a good gift. Coincidentally (?) he had a large nose. But then, my nose isn't what you'd call petite either.

Ever since then, I've wondered... am I alone in thinking that a nose hair trimmer doesn't make a great gift?

Posted by: James at January 26, 2006 9:31 AM

Oh, I should probably mention that when that thoughtful person gave me the aformentioned foot care product, I used it to exfoliate my face. It specifically warns against it, but I'm hardcore like that.

Yeah, I think it removed 2 layers of dead skin and 3 layers of live skin. There was definitely bone showing through at one point.

Posted by: James at January 26, 2006 9:34 AM

To me, a nose hair trimmer given as an unsolicited gift says, "You poor thing! Clearly, you didn't know that there are devices that can keep your unsightly nosehair at bay, or you would have bought one for yourself already. Now that you own such a device, you will certainly remove those hairs without delay." That's making a lot of presumptions, but most people have a few presumptuous relatives. Perhaps your big-nosed pal was feeling a bit deprived.

Posted by: Julie at January 26, 2006 10:56 AM

Sometimes a gift should be an item which the recipient wouldn't normally buy for his/her self. Like a Segway. Not a personal hygiene/grooming product. I mean, see the difference between the look of surprise when they get that Segway and the look of surprise when they get that nosehair trimmer. A subtle change in countenance, to be sure, but one a gift-giver should anticipate.

Posted by: ThirdMate at January 27, 2006 9:37 AM

I agree, definitely... but that's the difference between a delightful gift and a shitty one. Maybe I'm not going to buy a Segway for myself, but I certainly don't mind getting one. Likewise, I might want to buy a certain book or CD, but if someone gives it to me instead that's cool too.

But if you have big nasty hairs sticking out of your nose AND you want to get rid of them, I don't think you should wait until your birthday.

Posted by: Julie at January 27, 2006 10:38 AM

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