What's the Worst Christmas Gift You've Ever Given or Received?

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  1. Tom.Gilbert profile image59
    Tom.Gilbertposted 13 years ago

    For me, it's gotta be:
    1. Ties
    2. Malcolm Gladwell books
    3. CD Rack (received circa 2008)

    1. starme77 profile image78
      starme77posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      um, a chia pet

  2. Himitsu Shugisha profile image72
    Himitsu Shugishaposted 13 years ago

    Painted paper weights (looked like rocks), with non-descript markings on them. Terrible, just terrible. smile

    And oh yeah, a bottle of Old Spice and Speedstick deodorant...I guess maybe they were trying to tell me something, I don't know. smile

    1. Tom.Gilbert profile image59
      Tom.Gilbertposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      LOL.  How do you explain giving someone a stick of deodorant?  If they stink, give them scented candles or cologne or something.

      Also, only children under 8 are allowed to paint rocks and give them as gifts.

      1. Himitsu Shugisha profile image72
        Himitsu Shugishaposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        LOL, sadly it was my parents that gave me the "painted rocks" and my little brother, who provided the "Old Spice." I didn't even know they still made Old Spice!! LOL

  3. BeccaHubbardWoods profile image89
    BeccaHubbardWoodsposted 13 years ago

    I felt like a total heel after this Christmas in particular. My best friend bought me a $200 biker jacket and I presented him with a $9 poster. Merry Christmas el cheapo! big_smile

    1. Tom.Gilbert profile image59
      Tom.Gilbertposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      That's pretty funny.  I always liked making promises with my girlfriend that neither of us would spend more than $10 on each other.  Makes you be more creative.

  4. Balinese profile image41
    Balineseposted 13 years ago

    last xmas i received a book  that i already have and read.

    1. Tom.Gilbert profile image59
      Tom.Gilbertposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Ha!  I'm pretty sure I do this at least once a year (probably more, but some people are better liars than others!).

  5. profile image0
    shazwellynposted 13 years ago

    I dont do presents.  I dont want them, Idont feel the need to receive.  It is not a measure of love to me - giving of self is.  I do give presents though.  I understand that it is important to other people and they do see this as a measure of love.

    There are no surprises with what I give.  I ask what people want and that is what they get.

    Read my hub on 'The Christmas Spirit, Stuff and Consumerism - Do Something Different!' to understand what I mean.x

    *love is enough*

  6. wrenfrost56 profile image56
    wrenfrost56posted 13 years ago

    I got a secondhand box set of books and tapes on how to speed read.
    When I was 13, from my parents! smile

    1. Tom.Gilbert profile image59
      Tom.Gilbertposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Ha!  That is ridiculous.

  7. SandyMcCollum profile image64
    SandyMcCollumposted 13 years ago

    Hubby found a pair of cute shoes for me for $2. He not only left on the tag, but the shoes were different sizes! Gaaah!

    1. Tom.Gilbert profile image59
      Tom.Gilbertposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Absurd.  I'm telling this to my girlfriend next time she complains.

  8. prettydarkhorse profile image56
    prettydarkhorseposted 13 years ago

    I love giving and receving gifts, i like them all...nobody gave me a gift in which I didnt like yet,,,maybe this Christmas...

    1. Tom.Gilbert profile image59
      Tom.Gilbertposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      fingers crossed wink

  9. CarpetDiem profile image71
    CarpetDiemposted 13 years ago

    Getting back the gift that I gave my friend the year before...
    Actually, it was good for a laugh, and I re-re-gifted it to him last year...
    We'll see what happens this year. smile

    1. Tom.Gilbert profile image59
      Tom.Gilbertposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Chalk this one up for "Best Gifts for Under $10"

    2. kephrira profile image59
      kephriraposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      smile My father and grandfather did that for years, just swwapping the same socks and gloves back and forth each year.

  10. readytoescape profile image61
    readytoescapeposted 13 years ago

    Worst Received – A Fruit cake, apparently this one was re-gifted, on the bottom of the wrapper was a sales tag from two years before.

    Best Received- A bottle of really good scotch and a promise

    Best Given: A 5-day trip to Disney World at Christmas time (most expensive anyway)

    Worst Given: probably that shop-vac my wife got the same year (but she also got a diamond ring)

  11. profile image0
    sneakorocksolidposted 13 years ago


  12. Lisa HW profile image63
    Lisa HWposted 13 years ago

    My babies.  smile  One right before Christmas.  One right after.

  13. Lisa HW profile image63
    Lisa HWposted 13 years ago

    Oopsie - I thought it was "best" Christmas gift.   hmm
    Worst gift:  I can't say.  I'd be worried the person who gave them to me may read this (35 years after giving me the gifts.  Let's just say that sometimes young women would rather have a fifteen-dollar necklace or bracelet than some big, expensive, thing that lets her know you know she has interests and hobbies.

  14. frogdropping profile image78
    frogdroppingposted 13 years ago

    For me it's a repeat, every year, pretty much. The smelly stuff, those baskets full of soaps and what have you. They drive me mad part because I can't use them and part because those that buy them should know (or do know) that they send me into an itching frenzy.

    Shows a complete lack of thought roll

    And every single year I ask EVERYONE to buy me slippers and/or wooly knee socks and no-one ever bloody buys me any neutral


  15. Lisa HW profile image63
    Lisa HWposted 13 years ago

    Has anyone seen the Burger King commercial for some kind of dollar-meal gift certificates (or something), and they say something like, "it lets them know you almost care".  lol    Some smell gifts are kind of like that.  lol

  16. Pearldiver profile image68
    Pearldiverposted 13 years ago

    When I was young I was given a fishing line... which was a great present and I couldn't wait to test my fishing skills smile
    The anti climax was.... I didn't get any Hooks!! lol

  17. Lisa HW profile image63
    Lisa HWposted 13 years ago

    There's someone who often gives me a gift and who will say something like, "I was looking at the white ones, but I know you like blue, so I thought that would be better."  The thing is, I don't like blue, never have, and never will.  They say it isn't the gift but the thought that counts, but it bugs me that this person's thought is that I like things I've never liked.   lol   Gifts shouldn't come with a reminder of how little someone who ought to know me better knows me.  mad  Also, don't tell me about the thing I almost got because maybe I actually would have liked that one better.  lol

  18. dyonder profile image71
    dyonderposted 13 years ago

    I gave my ex a milk carton for xmas to hold her books in. Probably why she's my ex.

    1. Lisa HW profile image63
      Lisa HWposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      She may show up on here and post your milk carton under "worst gift".  That was a pretty bad gift.  lol

  19. dyonder profile image71
    dyonderposted 13 years ago

    I made up for it when we broke up: gave her a tattoo, a personal pleasure device, & a cell phone.

  20. profile image0
    AdviceDoctorposted 13 years ago

    A 16 oz bottle of coke was the worst christmas present I have ever received. FROM MY WIFE! But she made it up on new years eve with a night at a hotel..

  21. Lisa HW profile image63
    Lisa HWposted 13 years ago

    Was it a particularly fine and rare bottle of Coke?  A particularly good year?  Was it in one of those nifty gold gift bags designed for bottles of wine?   lol

    1. profile image0
      AdviceDoctorposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      It was like.. a regular bottle of coke from 7 Eleven or something. Probably something she bought at the completely last minute because she probably forgot me. At it was a crappy year, 2006, which was my 30th birthday, so I was double upset.

  22. fishtiger58 profile image69
    fishtiger58posted 13 years ago

    When I was a kid my parents gave me a robe for Christmas, I wanted toys so I wasn't happy. I did get toys though lol.

  23. adamareangere profile image68
    adamareangereposted 13 years ago

    What ended up being the worst Christmas gift I've gotten also ended up being one I really learned to love.

    Got these ankle boot slippers, that look like they're covered in long fur with Indian designs on a strip of leather going do the middle. Hard to explain but I laughed like a mad woman when I opened the box and saw them (luckily the person who got them for me wasn't there to witness) and almost wet myself! But, I brought them home and ended up wearing them that night because I had no other slippers and now I love them (and love their uniqueness).

  24. sleepygirl34 profile image60
    sleepygirl34posted 13 years ago

    a shirt that was way too big for me, my dads girlfriend took it back and started wearing it..surprisingly it was her size..hmmm
    I had a cat - I received tons of cat statues for every holiday..birthday.  I loved the little girl, but really dont want to be crazy cat lady.  I regift them now..hahaha Regifting is awesome!!!!

  25. Beth100 profile image71
    Beth100posted 13 years ago

    A re-gifted gift card that I gave to a friend.  It isn't that it was re-gifted that was bad, it was the fact that she already used it all up!  The balance on it was zero!

    1. Miss Belgravia profile image59
      Miss Belgraviaposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      We have a winner!

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    Crazdwriterposted 13 years ago

    Already posted worst gift I've received on another forum

    And I have never given any bad gifts.

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    TomGreenFan917posted 13 years ago

    Clothes! I have my own style it's kinda unpredictable,but nothing crazy, and also when they do it it's always from target or walmart or some cheap place like that.


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