Some of my friends and family have a tradition of trying to outdo each other with strange presents - the wierder the better.
Some examples of previous gifts are:
- The mummified body of a rat that had been in a farm shed for about 30 years.
- A jar of toenail clippings from dogs - baked into a cake with sultanas
- A ghastly ornamental peacock with rainbow coloured tail feathers
- A can of spam that has travelled around Australia several times in the toolbox of a 4WD.
- A lime green Borat style mankini.
What horrible presents have you received, or given to other people?
The cheapest perfume in the world. It is called "Ambush" and my grandma used to give it to me every Christmas.
This is some funny stuff!! They did it on puropse to be funny tho, right?
I am sure I have given bad gifts, but every gift I have given was INTEDNED to be nice. As far as recieving, one year for Valentine's day, I got a box of chocolates, flowers, and a nice card from my boyfriend. We were going through some problems at the time, so when I got it (at his mothers house..she was watching our baby while I was at work...) I was touched. I went home,and left it all on the kitchen table. When he got there, hours later, he flipped out. He started throwing things at me and saying...who the F@#k gave you this!!!! He told me to leave, cuz I was clearly cheating on him......turns out he forgot V-day, and his mom thought it would be helpful if she got me a gift and pretended it was from him...
i receive a USED WALLET AND LOW INKED MARKER in our x-mas exchange gift.... I'm so frustrated because my gift is expensive and i got wallet and marker in return.
I FEEL SO BUSTED....
Wow, Eric, that is some seriously creative ghastliness!
My weirdest is comparatively mundane - this last New Year's my husband treated me to a bottle of wine and a box of chocolate covered cherries, apparently because it's supposed to be some sort of tradition to give your wife alcohol and chocolate on New Year's? I don't know. He's never done it before.
Anyway, I think he must have just forgotten that I hate maraschino cherries when he picked out the chocolate, but the wine was really bizarre, because neither one of us drinks!
I gave an old computer (not flat screen) to the tenants of my old flat some years ago. I said it was a gift for their teenage boy. But I had really meant to throw it away cos it had been in the store room for a while.
Every Christmas my brothers and I try to do a "gag gift" deal to one another. Naturally when this is reoccurring amongst siblings, everyone has to "one-up" the previous person. Things get quite interesting.
My two favorites:
-Something minuscule (can't remember what) was wrapped normally on the outside, but it was duct taped to the max on the inside. So once the outside decorative paper got taken off, there was a thick amount of duck tape on the inside.
-A single pen was placed into a large box (maybe 3 feet by 3 feet). Then, something heavy was put inside. Finally, the box was sealed and wrapped with extra tape to make it hard to unwrap. The look of disappointment was hilarious.
And if you think I'm cruel, try growing up with three other siblings
Got a pimp cup that was fake in the wrapper. I think from spencers gifts. But it had lipstick on it! wow!
Good God, man! What family is yours anyway? The Addams Family?
I thought getting a secondhand cellphone was bad. The horror!
As a wedding gift, I received from my aunt and uncle two cookbooks -- both of which had been used as the previous owners writing and personal recipes were still intact between the pages. I wasn't so upset at the used part, but at the fact that in the card they printed that they chose these "new cookbooks at a recognized culinary boutique". Why can't people just be honest...it's the thought that counts, unless you try to lie about it.
I gave my brother some loo paper with barbed wire printed on it last Christmas. I gave him a proper present, too (-:
My ex-husband gave me a headlight for my Ford Escort for Christmas the year that I left him.
a old friend ( we are not friends anymore)
gave me a pen that said
"this pen has been stolen from...inn "...
I often get strange gifts from kids in my class throughout the year. The Christmas before last, I got this crystal in a box that looked just like a penis. I wondered why the hell the kid gave me a crystal penis as a gift. My young daughter opened the box and I watched in anticipation to see her reaction to the crystal penis. She said, "Oh, strange gift. A crystal mouse!" I replied, "It's not a mouse!" I didn't want to tell my eleven year old it was a penis. Then she said, "Not a real mouse, silly! A computer mouse made of crystal!" Crystal penis, crystal mouse, same difference. What the hell do you do with that?
One Christmas, my hubby gave me a garlic press, a vacuum cleaner and a blender. Needless to say, we are now divorced.
You're a hard woman!
Normally you'd only divorce a man if he gave you power tools, car accessories, or a subscription to Penthouse
A garlic press a vacuum and blender wow I would adore that esp if it was one of those robotic vacuums. Garlic is great good cooking, keeps vampires away and blender, woo hoo, you can make some great love potions in them, or put them on full speed when he won't give u attention, and is trying to watch sport on telly.
Nope. A power tool says "please join me in the garage". A garlic press says "stay the heck in the kitchen, biotch!"
Can I have the garlic press please?
My dad once gave my mom a pop-up telephone directory for Christmas. I expected to see it used to hit him over the head with, but it hasn't happened yet.
A former friend of mine has never given me a gift that has not been regifted. She'd never admit it but I have always gotten Christmas gifts from her after Christmas and they never have anything to do with me at all. We don't exchange gifts anymore and barely see each other
She gave me a small picture frame that looks like a briefcase once, and told me it cost $45 I actually still have it though When she got back from England she brought me a miniature of a milk tank. It was always kind of entertaining to wonder what she would give me next.
The most horrible pressie someone ever gave me was a screwdriver cos he wanted it for himself
hubby bought me speakers ?? (does that sound like a red dress)
and he wanted me to open them christmas eve!!
a photo frame that said best friends forever ( wrong year)
probably was a bargin price
The old "package of underwear" for Christmas as a kid. Typical "old lady" gift, i.e., it was the type of thing given to me and my brothers as a gift from a great aunt on a fixed income.
I always thought the best "old lady" gift was those Danish butter cookies that come in a tin. I always loved the cookies--they're delicious--and it was an inexpensive gift to boot.
underwear that belonged to a very morbidly obese person. At the time I was a small person. I found it in my bed but my ex said it wasn't an affair, it was a gift...
(this pic was all I could find that related to my comment....sorry....)
July 4th I had a huge patio party. Friends of ours, who I gave a nice bottle of wine to last christmas brought me the same bottle in the same wine wine jacket.........
I had purchased two identical crystal showpieces which where so pretty that words could not describe it it had fushia and pink blending into the center. I got it as a house warming gift for two of my best friends thought it would be a symbol we would share. When i gifted it to my second friend she didnot seem to be happy i was quite surprised as she didnot seem excited. Later she revealed that my first friend had presented the same piece to her. I felt cheated and irritated just got reminded of this so shared.
Moral of the story:Dont exchange gifts you losers, we are intelligent enough and you will get busted real bad... lol
My story doesn't involve one individual gift, but a whole Christmas worth of gifts sent to me, my husband, and my kids by an in-law (who just does't think like, or know us, very well). Every single gift for every single person was offensive.
She gave one son a violent toy. She gave the other (and very young) son a violent (REALLY violent) book. There was a doll for my youngest child (daughter), but it was made in another country and not safe for a child under three. She gave my husband a box with ivory decorations on the it (I'm against using ivory). My gift was the least offensive - an ugly, ugly, robe fit for a lumberjack.
I bought my husband a watch for his birthday, but because he pissed me off, I took the watch back and gave him a brick all wrapped up in beautiful paper.
by William3 years ago
I'm wondering what really sticks out in your mind after all these years.
by Julie25 years ago
I like hearing about other people's experiences when it comes to receiving a gift that they did not like. Mine was turtles. Not only did my husband forget my birthday that year, he gave me a box a week later. When...
by Tom.Gilbert7 years ago
For me, it's gotta be:1. Ties2. Malcolm Gladwell books3. CD Rack (received circa 2008)
by yoshi977 years ago
We dabbled over the worst ... now let's hear about the really special ones.
by Holle Abee6 years ago
Mine was my first pony!
by kimberlyslyrics5 years ago
I remember being devastated when I had asked for months for Ski Barbie and instead, I got an ugly Mr. Potato head!!!!!!!who btw somehow got planted in the backyard, then the stupid snow melted :
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