"All I Want for Christmas Is a Hand Grenade"


SuckUK is a Web site that may help take some of the sting out of having to buy gifts this holiday season for those of you, who like me, don't like the holiday season. We may not save a fortune, but at least anything we buy from there will put a smile—or a really puzzled look—on the face of those receiving a SuckUK gift.

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  • Grenades designed by Dorothy for Ctrl.Alt.Shift
  • Suck.uk.com. It totally doesn't.
Visit the site and you'll see the umbrella that changes colors when it gets wet; Alt.mugs, which are multi-purpose coffee cups; very cool mirrors; crazy clocks; a USB stick mix tape; and a solar-powered lamp called the Sun Jar. You'll also see what might be on my gift-giving list this year: hand grenade tree ornaments. Along the line of Jeff Koons' ultra shiny balloon dog sculpture, these bright metallic ornaments take an ordinary item, albeit a rather frightening one in this case, and make it extraordinary.

They'd make great gifts, but I may buy a set for myself as well. A portion of each package price goes to the British organization Ctrl.Alt.Shift, a group "striving for social justice and global change. Using creative media such as photography, film, stories, illustrations and music, it aims to give a voice to the silent majority."

So I'm helping a good cause and I can just imagine the looks on the faces of my family when they stop by for Christmas and see my tree covered in golden grenades. I might just look forward to the holidays this year.