It's the thought that counts? Worst Christmas presents...

  1. I found this worst Christmas presents ever list. I don't mean where someone really did try to buy you a gift, these are obviously gifts with no thought behind them or at least no good thoughts...Did you ever get one like these?

    My mother-in-law ... I received a small sample bottle of hairspray, two wicker coasters and a sample pack of two maxi pads! The look on my husband's face Christmas morning was priceless!

    My mom grew up in a small town in Ohio ... Her friend has always been a bit loopy. She is known for buying cheap things at a garage sale, claiming she made the things herself. The worst gift she got me was a packet of cherry Kool-Aid. The worst thing she got my mom was one stick out of a five pack of chewing gum. No joke.

    The worst Christmas gift I received was an almost empty box containing only 3 bags (instead of 12) of tea that had expiration dates showing that the tea had expired several months before.

    My grandmother ... gave my sister this beautiful leather jacket and top of the line baby clothes ... she gave me a box of black hair dye. She said, "Red is such an ugly color for hair. I know you were born with that deformity, but at least you can fix it and have beautiful black hair like your sister." My mom slapped her.

    My husband's grandmother owned three jewelry stores in West Palm Beach, Fla. For Christmas, my first year as a member of the family, everyone received rings, diamonds, watches, gold chains ... I received one tube of lip gloss.

    One Christmas, my cousin who married money, gave everyone at the party a gift card for 100 dollars. I got the card and I opened it, and to my wonderful surprise ... it was a $5.00 gift coupon to McDonald's.

    One year I stuffed the kids stockings with their favorite DVDs and latest PS2 games. My husband's stocking contained a new wristwatch, cuff links and socks. My stocking contained pantyhose -- beige and size A (I'm 5'10, 180 lbs.) and a miniature screw driver set to repair eyeglasses. I don't wear glasses.

    A friend bragged about all the nice gifts she bought me, so in turn I went and bought a nice gift for her. I can't recall what I got her but at that time (10 years ago) I spent about $20 for people not in my family. I got a 50 cent eyeshadow with the sale sticker still on it.
    http://money.aol.com/special/the-worst-gift-ever

    I once received a white slip from my dh's paternal grandmother. It was way too big for me (her size) complete with set in sweat stains. And I was told I should have thanked her. Gee thanks grandma.

    The one that made me feel the worst was when we went to Dallas for Christmas to dh's maternal grandfathers house. His grandmother had recently died and his grandfather made a big deal out of passing out her jewelry to her grandaughters. His sisters got "really" nice pieces of jewelry. I got a black velvet box with a fake silver (rusty) chain in it. I would rather have gotten nothing. I would have understood that much better than the slap in the face I received. I was told I should have thanked him.
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  3. by   dianah


    I'm appalled at such blatant rudeness and thoughtlessness.

    (at first I thought the incidents had ALL happened to you, Dutch, and I was shocked!!
    Now I'm just appalled. )
  4. by   DutchgirlRN
    Quote from dianah


    I'm appalled at such blatant rudeness and thoughtlessness.

    (at first I thought the incidents had ALL happened to you, Dutch, and I was shocked!!
    Now I'm just appalled. )
    Hi ya Di! Wow....if they all happened to me I'd probably be in some institution.

    I've had a few very tasteless Christmas gifts but the throw in the garbage can type of gifts I have received did have good thoughts behind them. I did thank them before I threw them away.

    I have one friend who thinks anything with a tulip or windmill on it is for me. I can't tell you how many stale packs of windmill cookies I've received from her. And trying to get her to understand that Pennsylvania dutch and Dutch are not the same just doesn't get through. But I know all of her intentions are very good.
  5. by   mercyteapot
    I was lucky when I was growing up in that my Mom budgeted for Christmas all year long and it was a big day filled with more gifts than any of us should have expected, given my family's financial situation. I also had a Grandma (Dad's Mom) who was seriously into Christmas. I think she probably paid for some of the gifts with which Santa Claus was credited.

    I think my sister in law must have found the game Rummikub for a great price at one of the runs to Pic'N'Save for which she is so well known. She and bil gave us that game for 3 Christmases in a row! Fortunately, reason finally prevailed and we stopped exchanging gifts with dh's side of the family all together. It was so hard, because we don't live near them and we never had any idea what to buy for all the kids, what they liked, what they already had, etc. And it was expensive, because there are so many of them.
  6. by   dianah
    Hahaha, bless you for your sense of humor!
    I would've done the same: thanked and thrown away!!
  7. by   DutchgirlRN
    Quote from mercyteapot
    I was lucky when I was growing up in that my Mom budgeted for Christmas all year long and it was a big day filled with more gifts than any of us should have expected, given my family's financial situation. I also had a Grandma (Dad's Mom) who was seriously into Christmas. I think she probably paid for some of the gifts with which Santa Claus was credited.
    You're a luck teapot indeed. My parents have always been thoughtful and generous as well. I never had grandparents in my life.

    I think my sister in law must have found the game Rummikub for a great price at one of the runs to Pic'N'Save for which she is so well known. She and bil gave us that game for 3 Christmases in a row! Fortunately, reason finally prevailed and we stopped exchanging gifts with dh's side of the family all together. It was so hard, because we don't live near them and we never had any idea what to buy for all the kids, what they liked, what they already had, etc. And it was expensive, because there are so many of them.
    We've cut all that out too and now only buy for the "littlest ones". Gift cards prevail!!!

    I love Rummikub but gees 3 years in a row?

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