When one is trying to be polite about a hideous gift that is received, it is rather difficult to find the right words at the time to thank the giver properly. When I received these salt and pepper shakers from a relative's trip to Jamaica, all I could say was, "Thank you. They are so...whimsical." I graciously left out the part where I say that they look like old pins rescued from a 50s bowling alley. I can be kind you know.