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As a sort of advent calendar of kitsch, Pictorial will be counting down the final twelve days before Christmas by featuring some holiday presents of days gone by.

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Women’s Day helpfully provided this advertorial supplement for readers of its December 1990 issue. From the safe distance of 25 years later, it’s a treasure trove of dated appliances and ill-advised gifts.

Here’s a tough call. Once you’ve assessed these two products via a complicated algorithm accounting for more useful but less exciting, which do you purchase as a present—a brand new microwave, or “home electrosonic jewelry cleaner”?

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Illustration for article titled 12 Days of Christmas Presents Past: An Uninspired Grab-Bag That Includes Ladyshave Razors

“Perfect gifts” seems very optimistic, here.

Illustration for article titled 12 Days of Christmas Presents Past: An Uninspired Grab-Bag That Includes Ladyshave Razors

Not sure about you but “sentient coffee maker” is very much absent from my Christmas list.

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This lighted beauty mirror feels more like the right blend of lux and practicality.

Illustration for article titled 12 Days of Christmas Presents Past: An Uninspired Grab-Bag That Includes Ladyshave Razors
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But it’s probably safest to go with one of these wallets.

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Contact the author at kelly@jezebel.com.

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