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 ...
Sounds like my friends.. Except my friends are dudes.
Camlo, No Way! it just doesn't make sense. So sorry to hear about that jacket. Was it polyester? Faux leather? Rabbit fur? eghhh. I know I must be making you sick to your stomach right now, sorry!
Faux suede, and it was a long time ago. We laugh about it now.
Oh my! When faux sueded gets wet it smells... I'm glad you can laugh about it now.
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
You would have to ask Camlo for more stories,
Camlo maybe you should do a hub about this person, it would be an interesting story hun.
As far as the gift giving this year, dont worry about it. We are all going thru that right now. Things will get better...
Come on B.P. ...everyone enjoys a nice beverage now and then
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.
Oh my goodness, LOL! You are hysterical blondepoet. I agree with timorous on the beverage, we need one of those screwdrivers now and then but to receive a REAL one as a gift, WOW!
That would actually be a good gift for me because Iike tools. My husband calls me Mrs. Vila because I love to build things and paint, which is why I dont understand the turtle incident!
OK ... I need a cultural context for a "Bloody Screwdriver" ...
For an American, that means someone probably gave you a murder weapon and are trying to frame you ... and that would be bad and quite certainly the worst present I ever heard of.
No, for certain bar tender types, I think that's a really disgusting concoction of vodka, orange juice and tomato juice.
Or are you using bloody as expletive, as is common non-American English?
Because in that case, I don't see why a screwdriver is a bad gift?
A Ouija Board from my Sister, (although it was marketed as an 'Angel Board')
Oh, another one was a hair dryer from an ex of mine.
DAMN! what was your ex trying to tell you?! makes you wonder what the heck they are thinking. Did you get rid of the board?
Typically...aunts, uncles and grandparents have no clue. Especially if you're between the ages of 8 and 16.
I seem to recall receiving a hideously tacky t-shirt featuring some Florida scenery. I never wore it...even my mom laughed hysterically.
Another aunt gave me a pink shag rug in the shape of a dog (I think).
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?
...that was mean wasn't it?....she's the ex though! ha ha!
Wow, what a bit*h she must have been. I don't blame you for going home, that is just plain nasty!
Why was it headless couldn't she afford one with a head. I don't understand.
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.
LMAO Misty I had to wonder. I get it now, oooo that is nasty a headless Santa it would have been different if it were a headless horseman....
lol, she knew it was headless, or removed the head and then wrapped it.
she probably had the head and home and was sticking pins in it. she was the headless horsewoman. No soup for You!!!
she knew it was headless, trying to make a point. but i got the last laugh, she never stepped foot in my house again. Cranky ole b*tch.
writinginalaska, I can so relate. I think many of us have had the "OUT-LAWS" experience. Well thats what I called mine. It was either that or "CAVE PEOPLE." LOL
omg, what a heartless MIL. sounds like she lost her head!!
what do you do when you open a gift like that?? geez, mom in law, is life that rough this year..
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.
Turns one against gifts!
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.
Reading some of these gifts I would think it was an argument for not giving gifts at all. Best wishes in a card are so much better and so much more sincere!
Hey, I like my Ped Egg, it's really useful.
I suppose one way of getting back at these numbskulls is re-gifting the same (or similar) item right back to them
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.
When I was five my Sis (who was 12) thought it would be a good joke to wrap up a can of green peas as a gift for me.
Thanks for the fun topic. Actually, I think I would have rather had turtles.
When I was 8 or 9 my granddad and his girlfriend gave my cousin and I each a pair of pantyhose/leotards. He just had no clue about kids. In all fairness, it was a very practical gift...
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.
My dad felt really proud of himsself one year when I was about 10 yrs old, I was a kind of a tomboy, and never was into make-up or jewelry yet.
Anyway he bought me this jewelyry box full of Jewelry, I was hoping for a bicycle.
I wore some of it for awhile, just to make him feel good but eventually it all got put in the jewelry box, and my sister got it, she was always so prissy, she loved it.
I think thats why I hate to wear jewelry today. lol
My sister gave me a $1 gift, which I noticed was used
This girl in school gave this guy I had a crush on a dogbone with a bow on it cause he teased her
A friend of mine gave his ex-girlfriend a McDollar as a wedding present.
He wasn't kidding either...he actually did.
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.
One person's vice is another person's virtue.
A lot of little boys want to marry their first grade teacher. That was a sweet piece of larceny. Maybe he figured you weren't using it. Glad you got it back.
Wow Stephanie, I am glad you did get that ring back.
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.
It was last Christmas. My mother and I went to her house to bring gifts, and they had gifts for my mother, while I sat and watched as they all opened gifts.
It was an interesting experience.
A set of War Hammer Sisters of Battle. My husband collects and makes the models and he thought I would like a set. I liked them about as a year of Prince William getting married news trivia.
Nice one Greeky, being a soon to be father, I would have thought you would have cleaned up your act. Glad to see your not letting standards slip. x
OK ... someone just has to say this ... and I am sorry ... but...
Doesn't that go to prove you're f'd in the head?
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.
Do you still speak to your MIL? It would have been worse if she would have hughlighted or flagged the chapters she wanted you concentrate on...
I like practical jokes too. We did that growing up.
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!
he wost i received is a photo of mine where i looked terrible and that was captured at most unfortunate time and gifted to me.
My Sis-in-law to be gave me an iron and an ironing board at my Bridal shower. So romantic. It went downhill from there, but at her baby shower I gave her a breast pump!
Gifts are such an emotional thing!
Assuming the gifts were quality and not already owned, I wouldn't find either one offensive.
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.
I think it was probably the time my sister gave me a small ceramic thing from the dollar store and it was used when I opened it and kinda dirty.
I forgot another one:
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.
My wonderful Christmas gift this year was the 40th edition of Uno...the $1.00 per deck card game. The worst thing about it is, my daughter gave it to me and I can't stand the game.
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.
socks,no joke! The guy didn't even buy my anything else. Just socks. The nest year I got him hand soap and he was not too happy.
A paper clip....handed down from generations of paper clip collectors!!!!
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.
I once received a very small package on my birthday, and told by my friend who gave me the gift to have a drink on them. I opened the package to find it was a tea bag.
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