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Tis the season! Craziest holiday gift ever!

post #1 of 32
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For fun, what's the most thoughtless, offensive, or, worst holiday gift you've ever received?

A family member gives me a pair of HUGE earrings every Christmas. They're typically brightly colored, or sparkly, too. smile.gif I've never worn big earrings. All of my jewelry is medium to small in size & I tend to steer away from brightly colored jewelry.

Dh's grandmother, 95, gives him a six pack of Bucsh 16 oz. beer, in cans, complete with red bow, every year. For some reason, we find this hilarious!

It's the thought that counts, right? Please share some stories!
post #2 of 32
love this thread every year. one of my faves is still the 'jesus still loves you even if youre jewish" plaque, lol
post #3 of 32

This wasn't exactly thoughtless, just odd...

 

A single, flowered potholder glove.  headscratch.gif

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My SIL gives me dollar store knick knacks.  UGLY!  I can't even re gift them.  So in retaliation I gave her the ugliest holiday sweater I could find and put a made by "me" tag on the back when she opened it I pressed her to wear it.  She's younger than me and I thought she was going to die that night having to wear it.  HA!

post #5 of 32

My MIL gave me an ice cream scoop one year. Everyone else got amazing things. I got.... An ice cream scoop.

post #6 of 32

I like to crochet some pot holders in the shape of a flower ...  am not sure I should carry on & give them as gifts now LOL

 

my worst souvenir was a purple sweater by MIL and another year a black nylon slip & another time a no sleeves nylon night dress .... totally what I would NEVER wear ever .... seems such a waste of money !!!

have half solved the problem by moving to another country and refusing to visit at Christmas ... but still not successful in getting her to understand that I would prefer NO gift at all ... considering all the hypocrisy going on in the family, the idea of gifts just makes me sick

... maybe this year I'll try to mention the world economic situation & see if that' more efficient at getting the message accross

 

...although, I suppose she gets the message, she just cannot give up the idea of herself being such a good person for giving us stuff she's been thinking so hard about it (you cannot give her hints about what would be appreciated ... because she won't follow them as it won't be really coming from her /her own idea ..)

 

have had a problem decluttering, for years, not solved, am just taking baby steps and making very little progress at a time

so Christmas is such a setback in my efforts ....

 

have taken 3 photos of what the children refused to tidy up for more than a month

am thinking of e-mailing them & explaining that I refuse to pick up after them

that it's such a waste to spend money on more stuff since we already have too much

& suggesting she sends them a pair of cotton pyjamas each

 

I doubt it will work, but who knows ....

post #7 of 32

When I was a kid I had to spend every other Christmas with my dad. When I was 16 he gave me a big, expensive Hickory Farms gift box. I was/am a vegetarian. He knew this. He told me that I could still eat the crackers and cheese and jam. He and my brother really enjoyed that gift box.

post #8 of 32

The year my grandmother-in-law gave us all food poisoning, she gave everyone cashmere sweaters in her size. When we opened them up and it was noticed that they would not fit anyone she apologized that they could not be returned/exchanged because she bought them on sale months ago. Then she asked us to give them back since obviously we would not be wearing them.

 

At least she was warm and stylish that year. thumb.gif

 

post #9 of 32
I got a used plant pot one time from my grandfather's wife - with dirt still in it, too.
post #10 of 32

I got a pair of fake breasts at an office holiday party...  I wore them around for a few hours...

 

Sorry the grandmother with the sweaters is hilarious!

post #11 of 32
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Originally Posted by AbbieB View Post

The year my grandmother-in-law gave us all food poisoning, she gave everyone cashmere sweaters in her size. When we opened them up and it was noticed that they would not fit anyone she apologized that they could not be returned/exchanged because she bought them on sale months ago. Then she asked us to give them back since obviously we would not be wearing them.

At least she was warm and stylish that year. thumb.gif

That totally sounds like something my grandmother would do. ROTFLMAO.gif
post #12 of 32

Mil gave dh & I underwear one year. Mine was red & lacy (& went immediately to the donate pile - I just couldn't wear them) & dh's were like little boy underwear - a bright green pair, a baby blue pair & a maroon pair - complete with the white trim. We just about died laughing when he tried them on (at home in private).

post #13 of 32
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Originally Posted by lifeguard View Post

Mil gave dh & I underwear one year. Mine was red & lacy (& went immediately to the donate pile - I just couldn't wear them) & dh's were like little boy underwear - a bright green pair, a baby blue pair & a maroon pair - complete with the white trim. We just about died laughing when he tried them on (at home in private).



That is too funny! 

 

I don't think I have any truly horrible or funny gift stories.  My MIL would things that made me wonder but the gifts weren't awful or funny.   My FIL did ask us to come and visit them on Christmas one year and she quickly and forcefully told us that there wasn't room since her kids were coming.  Nice.... 

 

post #14 of 32
my grandparents used to send us each a box of macaroni and cheese, wrapped in wrapping paper. generic brand. One year my brother and I got a joint gift from them- an encyclopedia of geriatric illnesses- just what a 12 and 9 year old always wanted! Another time my grandmother sent stationary with a note enclosed: "I'm sending you some paper and envelopes because it seems you must not have any at your house."

for my wedding gift it was massage oil, a bottle of non alcoholic white wine, and some towels. I'm not too comfortable thinking about what the intent was behind that one, grandma.
post #15 of 32
Love the massage oil gift. The worst for our wedding was a see-through, light blue teddy and thong set his mom gave me. I just couldn't wear it. I'd see her face any time I looked at it.
post #16 of 32
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Originally Posted by Viriditas View Post

When I was a kid I had to spend every other Christmas with my dad. When I was 16 he gave me a big, expensive Hickory Farms gift box. I was/am a vegetarian. He knew this. He told me that I could still eat the crackers and cheese and jam. He and my brother really enjoyed that gift box.



I secretly love those things and hope someone gives us one every year.  Also, fruit baskets.  Why doesn't anyone give a fruit basket anymore?

 

 

post #17 of 32
I want a fruit basket, too! Fruit is expensive!

Not a gift, but any time we have a party of any sort that I'm attending, my mom always makes (or worse, BUYS) me a red velvet cake, because "it's my favorite." Only it's not. I hate, hate, hate red velvet cake. I think my sister loves red velvet cake, and she gets our favorites mixed up. Or maybe she just pulled this out of thin air. Of course I have to eat it, because she's all, "Look! I have your FAVORITE CAKE!"
post #18 of 32
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Originally Posted by ashleyhaugh View Post

love this thread every year. one of my faves is still the 'jesus still loves you even if youre jewish" plaque, lol


I loved the woman whose MIL gave her her used underwear and some half used toiletries.

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I loved the woman whose MIL gave her her used underwear and some half used toiletries.

Eww! That reminds me of thrift shopping. Underwear can be washed, so it isn't THAT gross. But the half used lotion bottles? Ick!
post #20 of 32
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Originally Posted by NiteNicole View Post



I secretly love those things and hope someone gives us one every year.  Also, fruit baskets.  Why doesn't anyone give a fruit basket anymore?

 

 



My husband is constantly sending his mom fruit baskets from Harry & David for every holiday.  I told him I could put together a nice gift basket more cheaply by going to the store myself and buying things--I can get some nice organic fruit, and Trader Joe's has some tasty things. We have some stores that do gift baskets of local products also, which I think is kind of cool. He prefers giving the Harry & David ones.  So I did put together three care packages for my nieces of the Trader Joe products I thought they might like, or that I know I like.  I think they got more for my money, but the shipping wasn't cheap, and stuff was just shoved in a box.  The Harry & David stuff does look nice when it comes, and the pears were actually good, although I prefer organic fruit.  

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