Almost everyone has gotten a gift that wasn't necessarily bad, but also not very thoughtful. What do you think is the most impersonal gift you can get?

#1

An e-card. I cried in disappointment when that was my only birthday "gift" from my dad.

Anything where the thought is about changing the receiver for the giver's benefit. (I know someone who is bad for that.) So, like a teeth whitening kit for someone you think has too-yellow teeth. Or some gaudy jewellry to a child because you think they need to look more "lady-like", despite the fact they don't like to dress very girly.

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#2

I once received a hacksaw - for Valentine's Day. From my husband. Who's still my husband - 41 years strong.

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#3

Little soaps and candles and generic rubbish usually given to women. I prefer to buy my own shower gels, soaps etc. Rather then give me a voucher for a mall or the like

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Alison Marchand
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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I used to joke that getting Bath and Body Works gifts from someone was basically them saying "I don't know you" 😆

#4

Anything that you don't like or need, and that you can then offer further to somebody else, as a gift. Such as bottles of alcohol, sets of cosmetics or random decorations.

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#5

a book on "how to make friends"

tbh looking back on it, it was kind of funny, but pretty blunt lmao

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#6

a gift card. its not bad and im grateful for any gift i get, but it kinda is impersonable and not that thoughtful.

hope i dont seem ungrateful but yeah

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Pablo Ramos
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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love to receive a gift card, and I don't see what is so offensive about it. I have quirky tastes and only I know what I want, and not always

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#7

Scented cadles or any candles, often combined with some tea, ideally in plastic bags on the bed made from straw.
It screams: "I got it the other day and now I'm sending it back."

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#8

Deodorant.

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#9

For years my grandparents would ask child me what I wanted for my birthday or Christmas, and I would rattle off something like Lego, Transformers, GI Joe, Star Wars, etc. And every gift I opened was a different Barbie. When the inevitable look of disappointment crossed my face my grandmother would yell at me "You are a GIRL, girls play with dolls and Barbie and not those other trashy things. You are NOT a boy so you will get Barbie and you will like it"

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#10

One of those tea sets with cheap black tea, a low quality mug and a sugar stick!

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#11

A number of times I got after shave balm or lotion. I haven't shaved my beard for 14 years.

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#12

A can of cherry pie filling.

I don't bake.

(Actual Christmas gift from an "eccentric" aunt.)

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#13

A bar of Toblerone from the airport.

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#14

The "oh it's your birthday" comment.....(no gift or happy birthday provided😑

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#15

A wrapped, obviously-bought-at-the-dollar-store gift with someone else's name written on it, then scratched off and mine added instead.

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#16

A dusty succulent plant in a disposal planter.

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LasPapasFritas1234
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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Y'know it's off topic, but the username reminds me- I literally know a woman whose maiden name was Miss Mary Mack. Like................ why did her parents do that? She's married now, though and free of that name...

#17

"Hoyle's Book of Rules" Birthday gift from my EX husband the first year we were married. He thought that if I just understood the rules of Bridge I would join his friend games/family games. Never mind that I had repeatedly told him that I do not like or play games of any kind. Disappointed and dumbfounded do not begin to describe my feelings in that moment.

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#18

My Boyfriend got me deodorant for my birthday once! Haha

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