Holiday gift ideas for that special funeral director in your life….that you may want to re-think.

Posted on December 12, 2013 by Holly Dunmore under Funeral Directing, Top 5 List
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Well folks, it’s that time of year again and buying gifts can be a challenge, especially if you want to get something meaningful for each person on your gift list. If you have a funeral director in your life, we can be especially challenging because it’s easy to either make light of our work, or take it too seriously, or not come up with anything at all! So to help you along, here are some items you may want to think twice about.


1.  Novelty Mortician Underwearunderwear

No. No and more No. Usually I can find the humor in these novelty items but this one just makes me shake my head. Not only do these take our already built in creep factor to a whole new level, but would an accountant, nurse, or anyone else for that matter want underwear announcing their profession? I think not.

grave space


2. Cemetery Plots

It’s safe to say that no one wants cemetery spaces for Christmas… not even those of us who can truly appreciate the need to have them ahead of time. Valentine’s Day, maybe.


flip flops


3. Death themed flip flops

I could go on and on about these sorts of gifts that you find on a simple Google search for “Funeral Director gift ideas.” Look, I love my career as a funeral professional, but let’s get back to the emphasis on professional. Chances are even if I liked these, I’m not wearing them in public. We see families out and about all the time. What would wearing these say to them? Also, I want to note that if I am wearing flip flops, I’m off work… can probably conclude that I don’t want to see these on my feet.



4.  Black over coat

 Simple, we have one…….or five of these already. The black coat is an essential part of our winter wardrobe so we’ve already got this.

flower arr



 5.  Flowers

Flowers are a festive holiday gift idea for most anyone, especially someone you don’t know much about, but for the funeral director this is a poor choice. We spend lots of time with flowers, so much that for most of us we have grown a healthy dislike towards them. So we really don’t need them in our house. Thanks anyway, though!


Those are just a few items that are not great choices, but if you are considering a nice bottle of liquor, rubber over shoes, or not dying on Christmas Day, those are GREAT ideas!

What are some tacky, cliché, or just plan inappropriate gifts you’ve gotten?




Holly Dunmore

Holly was born and raised in a rural area near Hamilton, Ohio. She has lived in Columbus since 2007. Holly attended the University of Cincinnati and earned her degree in Mortuary Science from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. She joined the Schoedinger team in 2010 as a licensed funeral director. She is excited to lend her personal experiences and insight to the blog!

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