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 I opened the box it had three turtles inside. I was so angry, I looked at him like he was crazy. He said, "I figured you woyld want this because you said that when you were younger you had one and it died."
OK, you may think,"Oh, how sweet!". I just kept looking at him with that, "Are you kidding me?!" look.
Yes I did have a turtle that passed because she flipped over on her shell and drowned. After that I did not want anything to do with pets let alone another turtle. I was traumatized!... Dont laugh!. I really was, so why would you go and get someone the one thing they told you hurt them the most to see go?
He was so devastated, he didn't get why I was upset about the gift. I told him to give them away. I know that I hurt his feelings but come on now, when someone is telling you a story try to really listen! LOL.
I paid the electicity bill for a broke friend once, because she claimed it would be cut off if not paid immediately. Instead of paying me back, she gave me a nasty, cheap jacket that didn't even fit me properly. She only bought designer clothes for herself, the reason she was always broke ...
This one is even more unbelievable, and hilarious; she was supposed to pay a bill in a restaurant, but claimed her wallet was jammed shut. No matter how hard she tried, it just wouldn't open. Of course, she got a free dinner. There are many, many such incidents with that woman.
I want to hear more about the faux suede/wallet jammed shut lady. She sounds like a major drama queen (I can only imagine some of her other scams!).
That turtle story is actually kinda sweet. Except for the gift being late.
My husband once bought me a set of pots. I was really miffed at the time. But I have a feeling, with this economy, we may be putting a lot of "totally non-romantic household stuff we need" under our tree
LMAO Tim oh if it were the beverage type I would have whisked it away. No he wanted it to fix the holes in his garage ROFL. He was no good for me anyway as the xmas before he bought me an electric men's shaver. A few friends and I shaved his eyebrows off when he was drunk and asleep and we drew them in with a black Niko Pen haha. He looked like Groucho Marx.
the worst gift i ever received was from my ex mother-in-law. I never figured out what my crime was, but for some reason that woman just didn't like me and she went out of her way to let me know. The first Christmas we went to her house for the day of festivity. After dinner it was time to exchange gifts. I had sweated bullets searching for the perfect gift for her hoping to turn the tide and at least have her find some level of acceptance in me. I was the last person to receive my gift and all eyes were upon me. Mother-in-law hands me an incredibly small box to open, so i reach in and pull out a headless ceramic Santa. Yes, you read right, it was headless. Everyone laughed but me, i was so insulted i just went home. Oh, and i told my husband, when your mother finds the head to my Santa, she is welcome at my house. Ha, now guess who had the last laugh?
By the sound of things she knew it was headless/broken when she wrapped it. The whole point was to humiliate and get a 'not so subtle' "I hate You" message across. I am only reading between the lines though, but this is how I would see it if it were me!
PS BP, I have to giggle at your question about 'couldn't she afford one with a head?'. It kind of sounds as if there is an 'economy range' of Santa's without heads available because they are more affordable.
In 1st grade we had a dress code and I mean girls wore dresses and skirts. Parents sent me to school in complete boy's clothes and I got in trouble for it. They were mad they could not dress me as a boy (hair, shoes, and everything), but put me in a dress. Well, that Christmas, my aunt gave me boy's clothing as a present. It was not a happy year. Funny now, though.
Also one year, someone gave me a gift card with no money on it; that happened to a friend also. As a matter of fact, on Christmas he received a roll of old duct tape from his mother-in-law as a Christmas gift. She cleaned out her attic and gave trash to people that year.
WOW, Patty! Did your parents know about the dress code and what it was that you were supposed to wear exactly? Unbelievable. A gift card with no money, oh my. That roll of duct tape is a good one. I would have written his in-laws name on it and put it on a shelf where she could see it whenever she came over.
Here's another - When I was 8, my father gave me a small broken tape recorder for Christmas. It sat for a while and then he threw it out. At the same time, he bought new cars for cash and never drove some of them. Ecentric.
Sue, the sad thing is that most grandparents really dont have a clue when it comes to giving gifts. I would feel so bad whenever my grandmother gave me a gift because it was always a card with money. I know I should have been happy but I felt bad because I knew she couldn't afford to give her money away. I would take the money and have my mother get her something she knew grandma needed then I felt better.
I guess that is usually clothing that I don't care for, but in general I don't really receive gifts that I would call the "worst." That's because they are all genuinely given from the heart and I typically feel blessed that someone cares enough to get me anything at all.
I feel bad saying that any gift was a bad gift, but I would have to say the most outrageous would be while in high school, dating a guy who, for Christmas gave me a Brass Button teddy bear. I was stoked, and loved it until I found out he had stolen it from his mom's collection of them, and that she was really upset that she didn't know where it had gone. I gave it to his sister to give back to her.
I didn't post this question to make anyone feel like I was being inconsiderate or that receiving a gift from someone isn't special. Believe me it can be. My point was for us to have fun in remembering a time where we received something that just did not make sense. I'd rather not receive anything then have someone give me something they did not put any thought into. When this happens it hurts the person receiving the gift. You just wonder if that person really knows you at all...
My worst gift was from my husband. One year he gave me a vise. Yes, that's right, a 25 pound vise. He thought I could use it for some of the crafts I was doing. I actually did use it, but it was the most UNromantic gift ever!
Speaking of gifts, one of my son's teachers got a good one...he took my engagement ring from my jewelry box and gave it to his favorite 1st grade teacher! Luckily, she realized it was real and returned it to me.
My husband gave me a fishing pole for our first anniversary. This was AWESOME. We weren't home, were working out of town, and I didn't have a fishing pole, so I got a fishing pole and then got to go fishing. However, when the 5th anniversary came, I let my husband know very clearly that if I got another fishing pole for another anniversary (as it was the only thing I had been given every year thus far) I would hurt him. I love fishing, don't get me wrong, but I only need one fishing pole. I don't need, nor want 5 of them. Since then, I don't get presents for Christmas, birthday or anniversary, but I am totally okay with that, as long as I don't get another fishing pole.
My MIL once sent a bunch of parenting books, promoting a view point directly opposed to ours, after we had visited her. I might not have been offended, if she hadn't spent the entire time gushing over how wonderful and well behaved our children were (and they really were).
In my family, we enjoy lots of gag gifts. One year my dad gave my brother rocks, because he was tired of him shaking all the boxes... his real gift, computer games, were already downloaded on the computer. My brother once gave our sister a wrapping paper tube filled with junk from his desk, including a picture of his friends. The funniest part was watching him try to retrieve the bits that were not junk. My BIL gave my mom a box full of practical things: toilet paper, duct tape, pens, paper, light bulbs and such. She wrote him a thank you note, listing each item and where she intended to use it.
When my husband I were married twenty-three years a ago, his aunt and uncle gave us a USED Fry-Daddy as a wedding gift! Even though I have received gifts I have not liked over the years, NOTHING tops that!
Flowers ... I know they're supposed to be romantic and such, but I'm highly allergic and I was already having a terrible day. Soon as my fiance presented them to me I broke down. To this day, he hasn't bought me flowers and I don't mind one bit.
My husband went and bought me yet another pet I did not want. Remember we started off with the turtle gift at the beginning of this post. This time he bought me a sulphur crested cockatoo for our wedding anniversary, just like the one in the picture below.
I asked him, "Why would you think I wanted that bird, they make to much noise and they release alot of dander?" His response, "Its an exotic bird. I wanted something tropical in the house." You saw that right! He wanted the bird and pawned it off on me as an anniversary gift, aughhhh. So guess who got stuck with cleaning the exotic birds cage...
Our roommate gave me an old dusty VHS copy of Snow White. This is after he and his girlfriend came back from an unsuccessful yard sale she tried to have. He lived in our house so I figured he would have noticed we didn't have a VCR. It was maybe a month after me and my husband had thrown him a birthday party.
the worst gift that i ever received was at a public function in which I have to pick a number and get a something. i got a dozen miniature bowls which i quickly get rid of and gave it to my sister and that was like 10yrs ago. few months ago i visited her house to see my 1yr old nephew and i was teasing her and asking her where did she got those funny looking tiny bowls and she reminded me that i was the one who dumped them at her house.
When I was a kid my Grandmother would send me random stuff she found lying around her house every Christmas. Most memorable were the size 14 Carters underpants, a dusty old deer antler, a rotten leather case with toenail clippers inside and an unopened pillow case from Sears that was from the 1950s. It became a regular joke each Christmas to discover what treasure grandma had dug up for me this year.
Oh, how could I have forgotten the dried dead fish (I think it was a bull fish or cow fish or something along those lines.)
It's even worse when the Worst Christmas Present Ever was given to my wife and I by my mom. She gave us a few kitchen cleaning supplies, including one that looked like a small toilet bowl cleaner, stuffed into a 12 ounce glass that said, "Ho, Ho, Ho"!! A warning to all mothers out there: let your kids pick out their own cleaning supplies. Also, if that's the best you can do, don't give anything.
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...