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The Bendy Badger Substitute bonus ball draw - Monkeyhanger edition

HI everyone!

As last week's lucky winner, i'd like to host this week's draw. Same rules as usual, the "bonus ball" drawn for the UK's National Lottery tomorrow gets the prize, responses get a number based on order received.

OK then, today's question is: "what's the most age inappropriate present you ever got?".

For me it would have been my first Scalextric set. I would have loved it i'm sure, had I not been 2 months old at the time.

My 18 year old Dad bought it for me and then played on it with my then 14 year old Uncle for 2 hours solid until the sparks set the carpet alight. It was promptly sent back to where it came from and I don't have a clue what I got in its place.

Prize this week is a pair of Nexo Knights "Robin's Mini Fortrex" and "Shrunken Headquarters" polybags

Good luck!


  • Coolguy5000Coolguy5000 Member Posts: 1,587
    Hmm not sure on that I'll have a think about it!
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 Member Posts: 3,475
    edited February 2017
    Number 1. Hmm...seems an unlikely winner. OH WELL!

    I got my first pellet gun when I was 6. It's the only present I could remotely think would be considered age inappropriate. I never really thought it was out of the ordinary until I had kids. Now that my son is approaching 6, I can't imagine him with a gun of any sort.
  • starwars4everstarwars4ever Member Posts: 489
    I received a razor scooter that showered sparks when ridden at the young age of 6. Needless to say, didn't start using it until I was 12!
  • gmonkey76gmonkey76 Member Posts: 1,833
    edited February 2017
    Can't remember my age, but it was probably around 7-8 when I got some math workbooks for an Xmas gift. No only were they not age appropriate, they still rank as the worst gift I ever got. Seriously who gives a normal kid homework for a gift

    Mine would be a Revell 1/96 (about 3ft long) Kit of the USS Constitution.  It had well over a thousand parts and I'm sure many boys of the 70's/80's would be familiar with it.  My father bought it for my for my fourth birthday.  I remember we finally completed the hull when I was about 12 but can't remember what ever happened to it.  I think I was probably to preoccupied with my Galaxy Commander! 
  • SirBrickalotOfLegoSirBrickalotOfLego Member Posts: 629
    I got a Jamie Oliver cookbook once. Not only had I never shown an interest in cookery, I was 6 years old, I didn't even know what a kitchen was!
  • AyliffeAyliffe Member Posts: 323
    A bottle of beer

    I don't drink
  • jmeninnojmeninno Member Posts: 1,213

    Hmmm.  When my brothers and I were very young, my grandfather would vacation up in Maine and come back with "illegal" sparklers for us, as a gift, to play with on the 4th of July...I at least knew to keep my arm far away from my brothers were 4-5 years younger than I...although they turned out somewhat okay, I guess.

  • jmeninnojmeninno Member Posts: 1,213
    Although, if I may add, when my wife and I were first married, my grandmother wanted to give us a Christmas gift (about six months or so after we were married) of books dealing with nursery décor mother made her wait a little while.
  • LuLegoLuLego Member Posts: 1,010
    Arguably we all buy these inappropriately aged gifts for ourselves all the time.
    It's not a toy!
    No, actually it's a highly sophisticated inter-locking brick system.
  • YodaliciousYodalicious Member Posts: 1,366

    My dad bought it for me before I was born. Can't say I had much use for it at that exact time. 

    I repeated the present for my son. Before he was born he owned the entire first LotR wave. And a Millenium Falcon. And four modulars. And...
  • SprinkleOtterSprinkleOtter Member Posts: 2,779
    This is going to seem lame. My parents got me the entire Dino Attack theme for Christmas one year- the box said 8+, and I was 7.25.

    Lame, I know.
  • GallardoLUGallardoLU Member Posts: 644
    my wife once bought me a Lego set labeled ages 4-7. (I'm 30) surely it's not hard to find a 4+ set or a 1-99 set. :D
  • snowhitiesnowhitie Member Posts: 3,078
    That's a difficult one, I'm guessing all those people that bring me a cake or cookies (can't eat gluten and other stuff), and when they are close friends or family I just roll my eyes... Still, it's the thought that counts.

    One time a group of my friends presented me very proudly with a black label Jack Daniels, cause they know I like Whiskey, regrettably I'm a Single Malt girl (in the days when I used to drink).

    But again, they put thought in the gift so can't really blame them for but knowing the difference.

    My family is another thing though, they keep stubbornly buy me anything that's not Lego since they don't agree with my hobby.

    Thanks for hosting!
  • LegoboyLegoboy Member Posts: 8,827
    I was given a ball-gag for Christmas several years ago.  Figured I ought to be a few years older before I ventured down that lane.

  • AllBrickAllBrick Member Posts: 1,497
    edited February 2017
    Probably the 18 rated (Rob) Newman and (David) Baddiel VHS of their History Today tour for my 12th or 13th birthday from a family friend. 
    She knew i liked a TV show called The Mary Whitehouse Experience on which Newman and Baddiel appeared. Problem was, the live tour stuff was pretty expecit compared to the primetime BBC 2 comedy show.
    I watched it, several times, and laughed my clueless tush off.
  • historymanhistoryman Member Posts: 377
    My grandma always buys me children's clothes - I'm 30!
  • Toc13Toc13 Member Posts: 1,150
    edited February 2017
    Unicorn in the clouds boardgame by Haba. To be fair, I had asked for it as it was completely appropriate for playing with my daughter.
    My sister did say she felt a bit odd getting it for me.
  • woony2woony2 Member Posts: 336
    When I was 17 I got a strange cockpit activity centre thing. Still don't know to this day if it was a mix up and was intended for a younger member of another branch of the family or if they thought it was some sort of arcade game. It wasn't it was just a plane joystick and display that made various aircraft noises. Very odd.
  • stluxstlux Member Posts: 2,450
    I cannot recall ever getting age inappropriate presents. I guess I most likely received Lego sets as a kid that were supposedly for a higher age bracket, but that's what parents are for: give a helping hand... Doing it myself now: my 5-year old niece got #75913 F14 T & Scuderia Ferrari Truck as she loves race cars (her dad takes her to races). I happily ignored the 8-14 label on the box.

    Closest is probably a Revell kit of a Boeing 747 I received as a kid. No clue anymore what age I was, but glue and fine hand-eye coordination have never been my thing, so even today that box would never be opened...
  • dspigeldspigel Member Posts: 478
    I was 8 and I got 2 perfect gifts for Christmas. My parents bought me a tricked out BMX bike. I thought it couldn't be topped till I opened the gift from my big brother. He'd went out and bought a Tony Hawk skateboard for me. I thought I was the bee's knees that Christmas. 

    Ive included a picture of the deck. This isn't the actual one that I got.
  • thebeermonkeythebeermonkey Member Posts: 390
    For my 100th birthday, someone gave me a Lego set that was aged up to 99. 
  • paul_mertonpaul_merton Member Posts: 2,967
    I got a box of Farley's Rusks as a birthday present a couple of years ago...!
  • donutboydonutboy Member Posts: 762
    Every present i've ever received has been exactly age appropriate. Even the play doh I got a few years ago for my forty-somethingth birthday.
  • mmozzanommozzano Member Posts: 417
    I honestly have no idea though buying myself Lego aimed at kids while I'm nearly 40 surely counts?! 
  • PoMoPinkPoMoPink Member Posts: 275
    I've got nothing to report at all :(
    I buy myself age inappropriate presents all the time - still love sweets and the Beano annual!
  • flordflord Member Posts: 797
    I got a big Millennium Falcon when I was 21. It was the Kenner version, not #10179.
  • nexandernexander Member Posts: 908
    My 4 and 6 year old got calculators for Christmas this year off a relative. They never quite get it right
  • eggsheneggshen Member Posts: 602
    My aunt got me the Dungeons and Dragons Basic Set (the first printing of the red box) when I was 7. She thought it was a board game. It went onto my shelf until I was around 10, by that time I was to a reading level where I could figure out the rules and teach them to my friends. By the end of 5th grade, I swear I had half the class exploring the Caves of Chaos during recess. Good times.
  • devilheaddevilhead Member Posts: 286
    Any LEGO gift I've received since the mid-80's.
  • arathemisarathemis Member Posts: 626
    I received ski shoes, and never knew how to ski from an uncle.
     Also received wine bottle from my grandfather when I turned 15.
  • BumblepantsBumblepants Member Posts: 7,728
    Someone gave me raisins once. No one should have to suffer those at any age!
  • CCCCCC Member Posts: 20,556
    I had a microscope when I was 9 (that's not age inappropriate).

    A family friend gave me a set of NHS scalpels for cutting stuff up to view through the microscope.
  • SeijiAmasawaSeijiAmasawa Member Posts: 266
    edited February 2017
    Probably clothes after the age of 13. Not to be an ingrate, but I like choosing my own pants and black t shirt to wear.
  • messymessy Member Posts: 253
    I was given a bottle opener and a pair of cuff links as a christening present whilst under a year old.
  • Speedman29Speedman29 Member Posts: 2,337
    My parents bought me a matt brown cup and saucer from the Queens Silver Jubilee when I was born. Wasn't drinking a lot of coffee at a week old!

  • Russell844Russell844 Member Posts: 2,482
    Wow, no idea. I think I was given a souvenir shot glass when I was 18.
  • GothamConstructionCoGothamConstructionCo Member Posts: 825
    edited February 2017
    A pocket scarf for Christmas one year.

    fortunately it wasn't monogrammed so it went to the PDSA. 


    Make that three VIZ annuals while only eight years old. Thanks Dad.
  • mr.pigglesmr.piggles Member Posts: 325
    edited February 2017
    A balloon animal kit for kids when I was an adult. Whatever, I used it, but popping balloons scare me, so it wasn't that fun.

    Oh and a soap making kit when I was very little that my mom never let me do because she was sure I'd burn myself or make a giant mess.

    And! Someone gave me a glue gun when I was 6. It was confiscated.
  • sweetness34sweetness34 Member Posts: 417
    Tool set
  • toftof Member Posts: 147
    chocolate that they know I don;t like
  • mr_bennmr_benn Member Posts: 952
    Some people think it's age inappropriate... but I make people buy me Lego :)
  • cmrt1014cmrt1014 Member Posts: 396
    Nothing that I can think of.  I guess the closest is a very wierd sculpture (lamp?) that we received as a wedding gift....
  • Renegade007cjhRenegade007cjh Member Posts: 696
    My Dad gave me a real, full-scale (i.e. adult) crossbow when I was under 10! Mum was not impressed and it promptly got banished from the house, never to be seen again!
  • ecmo47ecmo47 Member Posts: 2,101
    My wife bought me a Lego set #4483 AT-A, when I was 45?
  • pharmjodpharmjod Member Posts: 2,916
    A big survival Hunting knife (think rambo) when I was 7 or 8. It was pretty awesome though.  Thanks dad!
  • TyresOFlahertyTyresOFlaherty Member Posts: 345
    Gut luggage when I was 18...maybe that was a hint....
  • TheMaker37TheMaker37 Member Posts: 496
    An electric razor when I was 16. I did start growing facial hair a little early but I had been growing the same goatie for a year and it grew very slowly. I certainly didn't need something for daily shaving.
  • Lego_StarLego_Star Member Posts: 2,144
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