So here it is, the day after Christmas. By now you've probably opened the majority of your gifts and are ready to evaluate which are your best and worst presents. With that in mind, I thought I would share my two personal picks, not from this year's bounty but from the last 35 years I've been on the planet.

Best gift:

As a little girl in the 1970s, the bright yellow Barbie camper (or RV, as my dad would correct me) was a gem. I remember my sister Gail carrying it down the stairs as I sat in front of the Christmas tree in our living room. (She'd been assembling its many pieces behind closed doors in her bedroom for weeks.) Pure exhilaration!


Worst gift:


My former mother-in-law bought me a hunter green turtleneck dickey. (Every time I think of a dickey, I picture Randy Quaid as Eddie in "Christmas Vacation.") Oh, and there were also little ankle socks to match. I was like 28 at the time and had not worn ankle socks since childhood.


No doubt it's partly because of the "worst" gifts that shops across Lehigh Valley are flooded with returns the day after Christmas. But today isn't just about returns. I'll be heading out to my three favorite places to shop - Lehigh Valley Mall, The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley and Downtown Bethlehem - today to take advantage of the deep post-Christmas discounts and spend gift cards.

So what were your best and worst gifts this year?

(P.S. - Happy birthday Jenny!)