The Worst Gifts

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  1. Kimberly Robinson says:

    The standard gift for my sister’s transient boyfriends who were brought to my grandmother’s house for Christmas dinner was a tin of Royal Dansk butter cookies. I always tried to snap the photo of rando boy’s face at the instant of peak WTF Royal Dansk befuddlement.

  2. Katherine says:

    Oh my, so many very good/bad gift tales. My oddest wedding present was a set of drinking glasses, with 2 missing that had been replaced by oranges. My mom says her worst wedding present was a toilet seat.

  3. Joanne says:

    Years ago a friend at work said he was buying his wife a mixer for their anniversary. I suggested he put pearls in the mixing bowl. He was eternally grateful to me for saving his life and teaching him a good lesson.

  4. christopher says:

    It’s the season to get a sneak preview of what’s going on inside other folks minds…sometimes a scary show.

  5. Green Girl in Wisconsin says:

    “At least it’s not a dickie.” I have to use that line now.

  6. Meredith says:

    Reading through this cracked me up – thank you for the laughs!

  7. Bijoux says:

    I remember a particularly pitiful wedding present…..two green towels, that I suspect were used. This was from a partner at a law firm, I might add.

  8. jenny_o says:

    I’m all about it truly being the thought that counts. And Yeti slippers. There is nothing wrong with Yeti slippers. Signed, A Canadian. Who has worn Yeti slippers herself. It’s cold up here.

  9. actonbell says:

    As David Barry once said, …it’s the gift that says–“here!” Whoa, these are bad. A dickie…couldn’t afford the whole turtleneck, I suppose. My paternal grandmother got me an LP called “The Pennsylvania Polka” when I was seven years old. Since we were living in California at the time, I had just a vague sense of where PA was, and absolutely no idea what a polka was. Odd.

  10. kmkat says:

    My beloved husband gave me my very own set of socket wrenches one birthday. He has never heard the end of it, and he has done much better ever since.

  11. I was given half a fruitcake by a patient.

  12. Maria says:

    I adore my spouse, I truly do. But…she SUCKS at gift giving.In the first place, it is not heartfelt. It is only done because she knows (from experience) that I walk around for weeks saying I don’t need a thing and then burst into tears when she produces exactly that. One year, I recognized the look of panic on her face on Christmas Eve. She fled out the door an hour before dinner and returned with a bag from Walgreens. It held a foot massager. The odd thing: I freaking LOVE that gift and use it to this day.

  13. chlost says:

    The ability to buy truly appropriate gifts is a talent which only a few are lucky to have. And even luckier are those who are the recipients of the gifted gift-giver!
    If there is someone with that talent who could sell it, they would be a millionaire many times over.
    I don’t have it, and I am not the recipient of anyone with the talent, either.

  14. Pearl says:

    That was great fun!!


  15. savannah says:

    HILARIOUS! my favorite is the “gift card” from khol’s! xox

  16. sweffling says:

    These are truly horrendous, but make for addictive reading. I have never had anything as bad as any of these,and must be very lucky. I think a list of favourites would be fun too!! I think mine was a blue pogo stick one year, when I spent the first two hours of Christmas morning pogo-ing all over my parents dining room and they never reprimanded me.

  17. Who said that about her crackhead aunt? I can relate. Once my dying sister insisted on taking all of us that were visiting out for a steak dinner at Applebee’s–her treat, very insistent. When the bill came she handed me a $50 gift card and I had to pick up the rest. For 9 people.

  18. Mary Petrie says:

    How I love this! My mother once bought me a red, white, blue striped velour long-sleeve shirt. Big stripes. That year, I gave her a hand-made organic wool cardigan, free-trade. We swapped gifts.

  19. Meg says:

    Freebie golf umbrella. From my mother in law. Nice. Oh and a regifted holiday platter. Ask me how I knew…..

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