Worst Christmas present ever?

Tracey - posted on 12/12/2010 ( 51 moms have responded )

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What is the worst Christmas present you have been given?
Mine was a mini pack of wet wipes from my MIL who thought it was a good idea in case I needed to wipe my kids faces when they came out of school.

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Morgan - posted on 12/13/2010

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My grandmother is addicted to L.L Bean, and she also thinks I am HUGE she gets me large to XL and I am a small lol I guess she still thinks I am preggers!!

Jocelyn - posted on 12/12/2010

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My MIL gave me a scarf. Normally I love scarves; but this one was trimmed with rabbit fur, and I'm a vegetarian :S
But to be fair, this was our first Christmas "together" and she didn't know. I ended up loosing it somewhere (honestly! I actually didn't do it on purpose.)
That same Christmas Jordan got me a necklace. It is hideous! It is this gold and silver heart, and the heart is made out of "barbed-wire" with a bunch of country-western designs. Yeah, cuz I am SOOO country. Betty Page probably rolls over in her grave every time I wear it. Hence, I only wear it once a year, when we go to the Calgary Stampede :P

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Stifler's - posted on 12/10/2011

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i will probably get nothing this year. i opened nothing last year from damian. i understand elfrieda, you just wanted the jumper you wanted. it annoys me when i say.. i want this. so people have to analyse it and make me feel like its totally ridiculous for me to want an iphone and could get a way cheaper one and blah blah blah.

Elfrieda - posted on 12/10/2011

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The year I was in grade 9 (mid-90s), EVERYBODY was wearing sweatshirts that had the "Campus Crew" logo on them. They were way overpriced for what is, let's face it, grubbies, but I really wanted one. It was the only thing on my Christmas list, because my parents did not have lots of money and I didn't want to risk not getting it. I told them that they could choose the colour and that would be the "surprise" part of the the gift, since it was getting cold and I truly needed something warm.

Well, Christmas morning rolls around, and I see that there are quite a few presents for me - yay, nice surprise! I pick the soft, big one and unwrap it and lo and behold it's a sweatshirt... from Northern Reflections, one of those "grandma stores" where everything has big pictures of kittens on. "Those other sweaters were so expensive, and we wanted to buy you other presents, too!"

Wow. I tried to be brave, and said thanks and all that. I never did talk to my parents about it, I mean it's their money. I just wore the sweater on the way to school and then stashed it in my locker immediately upon arrival. The next summer I wore it while doing fieldwork and it got destroyed. Too bad.

I still don't know what my parents were thinking. Were they truly unaware that it was hideously inappropriate for a teenager, were they trying to send me a message about not following the crowd, or was it meant to be a joke? Anyway, it still bothers me, as silly as that is.

Keeshia - posted on 12/10/2011

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the worst gift I can remember getting was from my step-grandma. My grandpa had cancer so she did all the shopping that ;ast year. Me and my sister were about 15 and 16 and she sent us nightlights!. after plugging them in to see what they did they got packed away and are used for my son at christmas time. He's 4 and hates turing on the lights to get throuth the hall to see our tree :)

Stifler's - posted on 12/13/2010

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Culinaire peelers are great they're sharp on both sides lol I don't have the can opener though

Lindsay - posted on 12/13/2010

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Hmmm well I can't complain too much. I've never gotten the truly horrid gifts that stick out to me. The closest I can come is when I was about 7 and my older brother took a Barbie from my room and wrapped it up for me. We have a lovely home video from that Christmas of me opening it, then proceding to chase him around the room hitting him with the Barbie repeatedly! ha! It has become a fun gag though and pops up to someone unsuspecting every few years. I can't remember who has it now...I guess we'll find out soon! ;-P

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That would be nice, its hard to find lefty kitchen utensils. I just got used to doing most things right handed.

Stifler's - posted on 12/13/2010

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I wouldn't mind a Tupperware can opener, the kind that makes the smooth edges so you don't cut yourself! Or a Culinaire peeler for my lefthandedness.

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One year I got a can opener and potato peeler. It would have been fine if they were halfway decent but I'm talking dollar store crap that fell apart the first time I used it.

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A couple of years ago my brother brought me some glasses cleaning fluid because I wear glasses so it is useful...yeah but not what you want for Christmas. Again my brother for my birthday brought me a bottle of Disarano, brill I love the drink except I am pregnant and he knew I was pregnant and I will not drink alcohol whole I am pregnant, there's a regift right there I am not keeping a bottle of booze that only I drink in my house until after I have my baby and finish bf said baby.

Another gift I hate is from really close friends who know I do not bath and only shower, they always seem to think it is a great gift to get me bubble bath or bath salts. Shower gel sets and creams I like.

Oh the best Christmas gift I ever brought, really I should say worst was a joint gift to my mom from me and my little bro...we got her a pack of scouring pads because she used them, in our defence we were incredibly young and it was the first gift we got her...it was dad's fault for letting us!

April - posted on 12/13/2010

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Jenny...that is funny and creepy!!! experts are estimating that tigers could go completely extinct in 2022....so maybe that poster will sadly be all that remains...

Jenny - posted on 12/13/2010

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Last year my Mom bought me a 3D tiger picture. As you move around the room the tigers follow you. It freaks me out. Complete with chipped plastic frame of course. My daughter requested to keep it so it's hanging in her room now.

April - posted on 12/13/2010

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oh how could I forget?!!! My dad's best friend from college wanted to send me a present...he'd never met me before and asked how old I was, so that he could pick the present. He was talking to my mom on the phone and said, "How old is she?" and my mom replied "She is 9." Well...the guy thought she meant 9 MONTHS...so when my package came from Fed Ex....I opened up a RATTLE!!

April - posted on 12/13/2010

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mine was a bar of soap in the shape of a boat, from my sister's godmother when i was 10. my sister got a porcelain doll from her on the same day. the following year was even worse...she gave me just a roll of livesavers!! (the candy. and it was wrapped in a box, so i thought it was earrings). My sister got another porcelain doll to add to her collection.

Corinne - posted on 12/13/2010

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All the bad stuff gets bagged up and sent to charity shops. We've stopped giving gifts between the adults (supposedly anyway), so I can't re-wrap and send it away. At least I get rid of it all in one fell swoop :)

Lucy - posted on 12/13/2010

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A dust pan and brush from my MIL, who clearly thinks the chain attaching me to the kitchen sink is a little too long :P

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Or you can do what a friend of mine did ... send a wonderful thank you note to to giver about how much you like the present then regift the next year. Just make a list of who sent you it in the first place so you don't send it back to the same person...

Last time I buy those ungrateful sods a gift!!!

Tracey - posted on 12/13/2010

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What do you all do with the bad presents, do you keep them in case the giver comes to visit so you can pull it out and pretend it is wonderful or do you ditch then ASAP?

Kayle - posted on 12/12/2010

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Oh last year my MIL got me and James matching bath robes. Not bad. It would actually have been really cool if they wern't as Heather said vomitous purple. Oh and she also bought them the same size (so we wouldn't have to look at the tag everytime we put it on.) They were both size XXXL. I wear a small/medium.

Mrs. - posted on 12/12/2010

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I got a book about people who dance with cats. The people were all dressed up like their cat with make up and everything. Grown men with tails and a tabby cat twirling ribbons. It would have been kinda cool if it weren't so creepy. That and I'm allergic to cats.

Amanda - posted on 12/12/2010

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I had my son on Christmas Eve so he would have to be my best Christmas gift ever! But the worst one...hmmm...everyone either knows what I want or don't want...wait except my soon to be MIL, last year she got me this God awful ugly blue sweater, that was about 2 sizes too big, and was stretched out. Needless to say I politley thanked her and gave it to Goodwill! Lol...I hate getting things I don't like but that was honestly the frist time I ever got something I didn't like! :)

Stifler's - posted on 12/12/2010

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I love the creams and soaps! I use them and then every time I smell them they remind me of the person that gave them to me.

Caitlin - posted on 12/12/2010

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I got a garbage bag full of baby clothes for the kids, used of course (and I happen to know she didn`t even buy them, they were acquired through a friend.. My MIL is clueless. Other than that, I always hated getting those sets of creams and soaps and stuff, I have very sensitive skin and can`t used perfumed soaps and creams. I also used to think it`s because people think i'm stinky (which i'm not...)

Last year I got a gift that was nice but really bad timing. My family knew I was pregnant and my dad and stepmom (mostly my stepmom - who is awesome btw) got us a gift card to a hotel with a waterpark for the kids. The problem was I was still pregnant at the time and I felt both the kids were a bit young. My now 2 year old loved it because she loves the water, but my younger one didn`t get to do much but get carried around.. 2 years later and that gift would have been perfect!

Nikki - posted on 12/12/2010

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Julianne my mum is the same, she is tiny and always buys me huge grandma clothes. Or she buys me tiny clothes and says "something to look forward to when you loose your baby weight. It's very insulting.

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My aunt used to give me little kids stuff (think Hellp Kitty keychains and little kid coloring kits.. yeah...) Then I got married and the very next Christmas I got super lacy, sheer, skimpy leingerie! There was no warning on the box or anything so I opened it up right in front of my parents, grandma, aunts, uncles, my oldest daughter - everyone! That was embarassing...

Though I'm still not sure if the skanky panties were better or worse than the 3 year-old stuff... lol...

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My mom always gets me close that are XXL. Shes only really small(takes a size 00) and i keep telling her that I'm not that big she replied with"well your so much bigger than me! I figured it would fit!" I'm only 135 pounds........Kind of insulting my mom thinks I'm fat...lol

Nikki - posted on 12/12/2010

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These are so funny, I live in fear at Christmas time, I swear my family has no idea who I am. While I really do appreciate the sentiment and it's the thought that counts, it would be nice for once to get something I like. My nan once bought me a big pack of size 16 granny undies, I was a size 10. My mum bought me the same horrid handbag, 2 years in a row, must of had a sale on them! My husband bought me this pair of poofy giant football slippers (I hate football)

Sharon - posted on 12/12/2010

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Oh Tracey!! You must have had a ROTTEN streak of bad luck that week!!! eewww!

Tracey - posted on 12/12/2010

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My Grandmother bought me a weird incense burner that looked like the Virgin Mary leaning over a cauldron. So ugly it went straight to the charity shops... where my Grandmother bought it and proudly gave it to me a week later telling me she was lucky to find it and now I could have a pair of them!!!

Sharon - posted on 12/12/2010

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Political books from my mother. OMFG. I don't do politics for a reason. She WON'T shut up about it.

I HATE PALIN, I HATE OBAMA and I sure as hell don't want to read glenn becks bullshit. omfg I get flaming pissed just thinking about it.

She asked a couple of times if i read the books, "nope, they're paperweights, doorstops" she got pissed. I don't really care. I've told her a thousand times "I DON'T READ POLITICAL CRAP" i read to escape, stop giving me shit YOU like. omfg its like she's 5 years old and buying with the reasoning of "if i like, they like it" its cute when the gifter is 5, and fucking annoying when they're old enough to know better.

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Last year, i didn't get anything for christmas. I had gabby on the 14th of december, my bf got gifts, gabby got gifts...and i got gifts for gabby.

Stifler's - posted on 12/12/2010

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anything from my mother in law. because inevitably we owe her because she bought us presents.

Corinne - posted on 12/12/2010

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I know it's awful, but I DREAD the M.I.L coming over at Christmas. We've tried year after year to get them to bring presents just for the kids, and every year without fail we get boxes of second hand tat. Don't get me wrong, I love trawling second hand shops and go at least once a month for a good old rummage, but boxing up tatty old scarves and crappy (opened) make-up testers? Hmmmm...... I think the worst would have to be the (supposedly sexy) underwear and nighty set my M.I.L (yes, you read correctly) bought 2yrs back. It was hideous and 3 sizes too big even with all the baby weight I was still carrying. My Hubby took her in the kitchen and tore a strip or two off her for being innappropriate, the look on her face has to be one of the best gifts ever!

Barb - posted on 12/12/2010

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Kati! That is what i was thinking too!! I was so glad you said what you did with the Magic bullet Jenn LOL. Cuz i have one and that is NOT what i use it for.



My FIL and his wife. She has two boys from her first marriage and christmas is always about them and their children, not my husband and his brother or their children. The difference is always painfully obvious. example, one year we got luggage, they got luggage and a cruise to cabo san lucas, for all 8 of them, in front of us.



The worst was the year i was struggling with pancreatitus, I was in the hospital that year 4 times with it. My body dropped down to 105 lbs, it couldn't (still can't) handle foods with fat. I was weak and we made a great effort for the trip to their house. As i watched my FIL's wife's children open their many presents i was handed an envelope with our single present. a $25.00 gift card to Damon's ribs. I just started crying. It wasn't that i didn't want to eat. i couldn't eat, the pain was unbearable to eat. My husband loaded me up, cussed out his father and his father's wife and we haven't been back to christmas since.

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Ah, I've had enough family drama in my life, a little bit more to do with some stupid candle holder would be the least of my worries xD

I mean, when would she ever see it, especially if it's in a guest bedroom that's hardly used? But that's just me.

I'd actually be more likely to throw it away than put the effort into altering it.

Lady Heather - posted on 12/12/2010

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Yeah, you do NOT want to alter her gifts. You don't even want to know what kind of drama that would cause. I just hid the candleholder in a guest room that gets little use and have encouraged the cats to scratch the chair covers. I will be replacing those in the new year. You know - because they are all scratched up.

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Haha, Heather, I'd repaint the candle holder and dye the curtains whatever color would match my decor xD But that's just me, and it'd be more likely that my own family would do that crap, not my MIL.

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Personally, I love getting clothes and useful things for Christmas. When I was little, it was either clothes or art supplies that I asked for. Mainly because that was the cheapest present to ask for. Now, I just get clothes, because I figured I should just chuck my talents out the window anyway since I'm never going to have the time now. I could never stand getting toys I'd never play with when I was little. I remember actually asking for a big stuffed horse for Christmas and apparently since it was so unusual for me to ask for something like that, my parents bought me three big stuffed horses and a ton of horse beanie babies. Ugh.

My parents go overboard. I hate getting presents from anyone because of them. I'd rather just use the money to get a jacket or maybe buy something for my hubby or someone else. Or food. Or something to help with making food. Something useful.

Lady Heather - posted on 12/12/2010

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Probably this ooooooogly hand-painted wooden candleholder that my MIL gave me. It's all painted black with spots of other colours - pink, yellow, turquoise, vomitous purple. And it's huge - like 18 inches tall and all fat so you can't hide it. I'm sure it wasn't cheap. But it represents her need to make my house look like hers so it really pisses me off. She's been to our place a million times. She knows that everything is decorated in sages and reds and wood. There is no pink, yellow or turquoise and certainly no vomitous purple. Oh wait - there is some pink. On the chair covers because she covered them for me before we moved here in a fabric that she would want in her house.

She even did it to our trailer. We had it at their place so my husband and FIL could do some work on it and then it came back to our place with these horrid curtains.

I try not to be ungrateful for the things I'm given, but it's hard to be pleased with something that was only purchased because you know the giver doesn't like your choice of decor.

Jaime - posted on 12/12/2010

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Jessica I had that happen too. We do a gift exchange every year with my Dad and step-mom and my siblings/step-siblings. We each have to buy for one person, and the year I was pregnant, my SIL got me a bin full of baby stuff...baby toys and books. I felt a bit left out because the exchange was supposed to be about us and I wasn't due until after Christmas. I have never told anyone until now because I felt silly being bummed out about it, but I look forward to the exchange because it's nice to see what kind of thought everyone put into the gifts...I just felt a bit cheated in that sense I guess.



I should also add that they were throwing me a baby shower a month after Christmas so it just didn't make sense to me.

Jessica - posted on 12/12/2010

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I can't say I've gotten many "bad" gifts... but one that comes to mind was a year ago MIL got me a couple of... I think they're called popcorn sweaters? Or popcorn shirts, or something. They are this silky kind of material and are all scrunched up and so small they look like they could fit a baby. But then they stretch out and fit an adult. I don't know, I never told her this but they're horridly ugly and not something I would ever ever wear!

And, this also isn't a "bad" gift but kind of annoyed me- 2 years ago I was pregnant, and my birthday is also the 22nd so I get a bunch of gifts all at once... well that year, no one in DH's family got anything for me. The only thing I got was baby stuff. And I also had 2 baby showers. I dunno, I would just think that just because someone is pregnant doesn't mean you shouldn't get THEM anything, kwim? They're still a person! Makes me wonder what I'll get this time, since I'm pregnant again... some baby things are fine, I know people get excited about new babies, but I was actually looking forward to picking out things myself for this LO since I am not having a shower. Ok, I'll stop being selfish and whiney now!

Jodi - posted on 12/12/2010

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I usually get pretty lucky with gifts, any time of year, not just christmas...but I have two. One is a set of horribly scented candles...for most women this would be a great gift...but the only candle I own is an emergency candle out in my car. I hate candles, I have never liked them...and it was from someone who knew me very well! ;) The other was my grandmother (in-law) gave me a box a kleenex one year, and not the nice soft kind, the cheapie sandpaper feeling kind. Oh well, 2 in 25 years...not bad!

Jenn - posted on 12/12/2010

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Oh my! Yes, if my Dad got me a vibrator - I'd better go call Jerry Springer! LMFAO!!!!!

Rosie - posted on 12/12/2010

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bahahha jenn!! i'm pretty sure theres a vibrator named a magic bullet too, and i was sitting here thinking to myself what the fuck is her DAD buying here a vibrator for!!!! LMFAO!!!! *wipes tears* (with wet wipes my MIL gave me, BAHAHAHHAHA!!)



hmm, my worst gift would be this gaudy cheap dollar store bracelet along with one ugly sweater that my husbands grandma got me a few years back. the bracelet was obviously cheap, and it was gold colored which i can't stand gold, i like white gold. it was just icky. and the sweater?? i think it had reindeer and poofy balls all over it gah!



my husband got a bike pump from his stepdads parents when he was like 11. that's the only thing he got from them too. his sister, who is their biological granddaughter, got shit tons of cool things that year! they're pretty shitty people to do that to a kid.

Kate CP - posted on 12/12/2010

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I got a cold remedy pack from my mom one year. It had zinc tablets, nasal spray, echinacea, and other crap in it. Thanks, Ma.

Jenn - posted on 12/12/2010

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See now I would think that's a good idea and not a bad gift at all! I don't know what would be a bad gift I've received. I got a Magic Bullet from my Dad a few years ago that some people might think is silly but I LOVE it and use it all the time and it was perfect for making baby food. I guess the worst presents would be when people try to buy clothes for you - like my ex MIL who bought me a bunch of skanky ho-bag clothes after I'd had my son LMAO!

Desiree - posted on 12/12/2010

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Mine was a self help book on positive attitude, Which I never used. Opened but never used. Whats wrong with my attitude anyway its mine is it and I'm intitled to it aren't I.

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