The New Christmas Canon: “Dick In A Box” found the humor in junky Christmas packages

In The New Christmas Canon, The A.V. Club looks beyond Rudolph’s nose and Zuzu’s petals to highlight entertainment from the ’90s, ’00s, and ’10s that’s become a seasonal staple—or deserves to.

There’s some truth to the stereotype that dudes are apt to be lousy givers. Especially when intended for a significant other, guys’ gifts are often marred by a variety of pitfalls. They’re too effortless (“I’ve already gotten her these earrings in cyan, periwinkle, sapphire, teal, and turquoise—do you have them in azure?”), too selfish (“I just figured you’d want to see my favorite band, too”), too demeaning (“Consumer Reports rated this as the best toilet brush out there”), too over-confidently crafty (“Damn it… well, I guess I should have used a few more nails after all”), or too problem-solving (“I noticed the strap on your bag was loose, so …

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