Gifts are tricky. That's why we've probably all been in an awkward position when we got a crappy present and had to smile and pretend to like it. But even if it was not a joyful experience at the time, we can all have a good laugh about it now, right? So, share your awful gifts, and who knows - maybe we will stop somebody's terrible gift idea this year and save Christmas.
Growing up, we were VERY poor. Many times didnt even have food. Most years in my early childhood were the worst. Every Christmas...nothing. Ever after, I enjoy ANY Christmas present I get!
My grandma got me a subscription to Nicklodeon magazine when I was 10. She kept renewing it every Christmas until I was 17. After that she switched it to golf digest. I don't even like golf and I still get them every month.
EDIT: She has not forgotten she’s paying for them. She prints off the 12 month order confirmation and wraps it up in a box. She gets the biggest smile when it’s my turn to open gifts. If I tell her I don’t like it she’ll think I’ve hated my gift for the last 8 years. Which is true, but I can’t do that to her. I just put on the biggest fake smile and act surprised.
For a secret Santa I received two of those free promotional tickets to the science museum that had already expired.
A calendar with half nude pictures of my father and stepmother
There was a gift under the tree when I was 13 which was a big box with my name on it. True to my nature, I never touched it. When it was passed out to me by my father(Dad always handed out the gifts) I started unwrapping it only to find another wrapped box. I unwrapped that to find yet another wrapped box. Suffice it to say that not only did the boxes get smaller and smaller but were also wrapped in black tape, then duct tape, packing tape and stuff until I ended up with a little 2" by 8" box. When I finally got that open, there was a carrot in it.And it was fresh. I being the type of kid asked first..... Dad. How is this so fresh when it's been under the tree for a month. He answered that they had replaced the original box with this one last night. Next question...Dad, why did you give me a carrot. The doc says my eyes are 20-20. I was feeling more than a little hurt by now. Worst Christmas joke ever in my opinion. Dad told me that it was for my new pet and I would have to give it to it and meet it. I thought to myself, oh great. Now I gotta rabbit along with all the cats, dogs, chickens, cows, pigs, ponies and a couple of others. We had two sheep and a stupid goat too. I was wrong. Dad took me out to the barn where I was greeted with a nicker and introduced to Sadie. A big beautiful Palomino mare. WOW! My own horse. All I can say without writing a whole story. The carrot I got turned into gold and many years of companionship and pleasure. Thanks Dad!
In my senior year of high school, my parents got into a huge fight while we were opening presents, two hours later my parents told me they were getting divorced. Worst present ever. Haven't enjoyed Christmas since.
My ex-wife's grandmother once gave this little toy video slot machine game that she got from the dollar store, because she knew "I liked playing all them video games". When she handed it to me, and before I opened it, her words were, "Merry Christmas, you'll have to buy your own batteries for it."
I told my aunt that I liked Jack Daniels and instead of buying me a bottle of it like most people, for 3 years straight at Christmas, I've had Jack Daniels related presents and they're all as bad as each other. The first year I was given a Jack Daniels lamp. Well when I say lamp, it was an empty Jack Daniels bottle with fairy lights inside. The second year I was given yet another empty Jack Daniels bottle with glitter and water inside which I had no idea what to do with. Last year I got a pair of Jack Daniels sunglasses which broke within a week. Fingers crossed I actually get a bottle with Jack Daniels in it this year.
I have received so many that it is hard to narrow it down. Like last year I got kitchen decorations shaped like eggplants from my sister in law, I will be using it as my white elephant gift for this year.
But one year I did get an outfit from my sister in law for Christmas and decided i wanted to wear it that day, went to put it on and it didnt fit. I stayed in the bathroom for almost an hour crying. But it turned out great because it motivated me and I lost over a 100 pounds the following year.
For Christmas one year my brother gave me a giant box, and I unwrapped it and found a smaller box inside. I continued to unwrap and got down to a box that was like 4 inches across and inside was a piece of paper saying Happy Birthday. It was Christmas. And I got a birthday card.
As a kid I always tried to make as many presents as I could...and some of them were not very good. I'll admit that. One year I had the great idea of painting rocks for Christmas and giving them to my family. Now this sounds nice right? Well minus the fact that it was literally a rock, painted a single colour. I figured each rock was 1 present, and that each family member...including myself..needed about 10 of them. I put them in an empty wrapping paper roll and had everyone take one and pass it around. I think I was 7, haha. My family still laughs at that story to this day.
My grandma was raised during the Great Depression so she saves EVERYTHING. Things like expired butter packets and the mints that you'd find at the hostess desk of a restaurant are continuously being gifted to the whole family. One year I even got a cheap Frisbee still in sealed plastic from the 1970s. She's my Babczi though so it's cute =)
When I was 11 or 12 I got 3 separate cheap travel shaving kits from one Christmas gathering. I didn't have any facial hair or anything.
So the third one was my worst gift ever.
My cousin gave me a rhino made out of a breeze block he’d made in craft class at school. Not so bad? He’d bought it home at the end of the summer term, given it to my MUM. It then sat out in the garden for the summer and autumn months to be bought in and wrapped for my Christmas present. There was a dead woodlouse in the horn hole.....
My mother bought me hard copies of the first 4 Harry Potter books. I was thrilled but then she said she would keep them at her house for me. I didnt get to take them home ever.
I gave my sister in law a necklace for Christmas. The next year, she re-gifted it back to me. I said in a really excited voice, "Thanks, Shirley! Now we can wear our matching necklaces!" She excused herself immediately.
Soaps and bath salts. It is the worst present(maybe just very boring) that I do not really use. Do not give soap to kids for Christmas or birthdays, please.
During one family Christmas when I was in my 20's, I opened a gift in front of everyone from my sister. It was 5 pairs of thong underwear from Victoria Secret. She told me that I needed big girl panties. I hate thongs.
Last year my Nana bought me some Barbie branded perfume and hair curlers from the car boot sales. I'm well known in my family for having a very tomboyish personality and my hair is like a Cousin It but after being hit with a Taser (which means it is very curly if you didn't pick up on that). She means well, I'm sure...
I once gave my favorite scent to all the ladies, now I'm getting it back, every year, from everyone, can't stand that smell anymore!