PopWatch Dictionary: 'Mift'

A gift you secretly purchase for yourself that masquerades as a gift for someone else; a mift is given in the hopes that it will inevitably become yours, either when the receiver lends it to you, then forgets about the present entirely, or, in cases where the giver and receiver live together, via shared possession.

Origin: Mashup of the words "my" and "gift."

Usage: Kip, when I got you seasons 1 and 2 of Arrested Development on DVD, they were mifts. I was dying to see all the special features, and I had nothingelse to do over Christmas break. Ifyou were to check right now, you’d see that a majority of the box set isfilled with blank discs. And Dad? About the Angels and Demons audio book I got you? Also a mift. I knewyou couldn’t listen to it because you don’t have a CD player or aniPod. I included the gift receipt, but I knew you’d be too lazy toreturn it. I ”borrowed” it from you and I’ve been listening to it onthe train.

Okay, I think I’ve probably confessed enough here. How about you, PopWatchers? What’s the best entertainment related mifts you’ve given? And have you ever been the recipient of a suspected mift?

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  • D

    I bought my wife a DVD player for our bedroom a few years ago, telling her it was because she always talked about how she wanted to watch movies in bed rather than in the living room. Really, I got it for myself because I wanted to watch movies and TV shows on DVD (that she wouldn’t watch) after she fell asleep.

  • Chris G

    Oh I know all about Mifts (although i’m glad there’s an actually word for it). I love movies. Love love love them. My parents LIKE movies, so whanever it’s time to give a gift i aluways just get them DVDs that i would like as well. hmmm, well i could buy this for myself, but i’ll just buy it for Dad and then i can watch it whenever i want. Problem solved!!

  • Vicky

    I think the biggest mift I gave was to my boyfriend. I knew he was interested in a portable DVD player. So I got him one and we use it when we go on trips. Best present I ever bought someone (myself). One mift I will not buy for him: Farscape DVDs. We both love the show, but I really want them for myself. Maybe one day he’ll decide to give me a mift.

  • clare-clare

    I was planning on mifting a friend the Bruce Campbell IF CHINS COULD KILL book, but I ended up buying him something else. I confessed my plans only to have him start laughing because he was going to do the exact same thing… w/ the exact same book… *sigh* Sometimes there just is no winning, is there?

  • Susan

    I got my parents Planet Earth. I even gave it to them early so I could borrow it over the actual Xmas holiday.

  • Ep sato

    The term is not “Mift”. It is a “Homer Simpson Bowling Ball”. Fellow Devotees will recall that in season 1 (or was it season 2), Homer Simpson gave Marge a bowling ball for her birthday. It was the gift he wanted so badly that he even had “Homer” engraved on the ball. To get revenge, Marge decided to actually use the gift.
    I’ve given a few of these myself. For my best friend’s birthday in college I gave him the Fossil watch I’d been drooling over all summer. Last year I gave a buddy this amazing ink pen that had been calling my name, and for years I used to give my siblings toys and action figures that I wanted to add to my collection.
    Now that they’re getting too old for toys, I’ve been slowly sneaking a few of them back with me.

  • monica

    i don’t think i’ve ever given a mift. i’m so lazy i don’t even give gifts, because trying really hard to figure out what people want is way too much work. not that i can afford what they really want anyway. but my friend gave her roommate the dark materials books, then “borrowed” them. i thought that was hilariously obvious.

  • caitlin

    yep, i currently have the first season dvd of friday night lights sitting in my room, waiting to be given to my mother/me. i’ve been watching season 2 and i couldn’t really afford to buy the first season for myself, so problem solved.

  • Anna

    I’ve never intentionally given anyone a mift. I’m normally pretty shameless when it comes to buying gifts for myself so there’s no need. I did once buy a Stephen King book for my mother because she likes horror. As it turns out she’d prefer watching it on television to reading it so I ended up reading it myself.

  • Jill

    I bought my husband a calf and foot massager because he really needs it but of course I’m going to try it out when he’s at work.

  • Anonymous

    Going way back, I gave my brother a Christmas compilation LP that I was planning to tape for myself. I ended up opening it for him because I couldn’t wait!

  • Andie

    I’m always giving my roommate books for her birthday that I want to read, but wouldn’t buy for myself. Most notably, Mortified, which is hilarious.

  • plowboy

    I got a Hillshire farm package one year. The present that says “I don’t really give a givl.” Check your keyboard, it will make sense.
    BTW: the dog got most of it.

  • garciamomma

    my husband is the king of mift giving.
    Baby python for my 30th BDay (no joke, I am dead serious, what the heck was I going to do with a snake that gets to be over 18ft long? Make Boots?)
    Microwave when I was living with my parents (who had one) and staying with him on weekends (guess where the microwave stayed?)
    A small TV for the bedroom (I got even and took that one to my parents, but married him 2 years later, so guess who got to use it?)
    Hickory farms gift box every Xmas for the past 15 years (guess who eats most of it?).
    Lingerie (yeah I wear it, but who really enjoys it more, some of that stuff is UNCOMFORTABLE!!)
    And yes, after over 20 years we’re still together, because I knew he was a “mifter” before we ever got married!!

  • nay-lo

    My husband and I are planning to buy a house after Christmas. I bought “him” a bunch of tools for the house. He’s not your typical “guys guy” and I’m sure I’ll be using them way more than him. Can’t wait to demo stuff!!

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