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<p>[For full disclosure, I stole this idea from Caneel in the other thread. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/smile.gif">]</p>
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<p>So what's the rudest reaction you've witnessed when someone received a gift? </p>
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<p>The rudest reaction I ever witnessed was my own. <img alt="redface.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border-top-width:0px;border-right-width:0px;border-bottom-width:0px;border-left-width:0px;"> My mom used to sometimes buy me new clothes and lay them out on my bed as a surprise for me to find when I got home from school. She didn't have much money, so looking back I'm sure she put tons of thought into which stuff to buy to stretch her dollars the furthest. One day I walked in a found a couple of new bras on my bed, in pink and nude. I walked into her room and said, in the snottiest, most disdainful 15-year-old tone you can imagine, "<em>Pink</em>???" and walked back out. <img alt="duh.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/duh.gif"></p>
 

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<p>When I was 17 I spent Christmas day with my bff and her family at her grandmother's house about an hour and a half from where we lived.  She was the smallest of her three girl cousins but not the youngest still her relatives would all give her gifts she was way too old for.  Her uncle gave her cousins Bob Marley shirts and cool neclaces and her a sweater with applique flowers. It was a horrible gift but she took that moment to yell at her extended family for every single infraction they had ever committed against her, grab my arm and pull me out of the house. She then took her mother's car and we drove to a convenience store (the only place open in an unfamiliar town) and spent the next 5 hours eating slim jims and corn nuts and smoking cigarettes.  I was so hungry for a big Christmas dinner too.  It was awful!</p>
 

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<p>My mom gives us each a cashmere sweater on Christmas.  That's pretty much our only gift and my husband, my sister, and I really like them.  My brother... not so much.   The first year we got them, he ripped open the gift and then tossed it aside (think $100 LL Bean sweater here) and shouted "What the F*** am I supposed to do with a CASHMERE SWEATER?!?!?!"  We couldn't help but laugh hysterically at this as the obvious answer is "wear it."</p>
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<p>My husband and I get my brother's sweaters after he opens them now.  We share them.</p>
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<p>Oh, same brother had exactly the same reaction on his 17th birthday when he opened a card and found a (quite large) check in it.  He had asked for money, my mother NEVER gives what is asked for and has a rule that if you ask for something, you DON'T get it but she gave him money anyway that year- who knows why.  Anyway, I guess he wanted cash because he went on a tirade about how useless a check was because it was night time and banks were closed.  My mom gave him all the cash she had in a weird fit of rage.  He was later arrested with drugs so we figured out why he wanted cash.</p>
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<p>My brother really adds spice to family gatherings <span><img alt="lol.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/lol.gif"></span></p>
 

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<p>My husband gave his grandma a gift for Christmas. A few months later, she re-gifted the same item right back to him! <img alt="lol.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/lol.gif"></p>
 

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<p>This story could fit in the worst gift ever thread also, but I think it fits best here. I was not around to witness this but I sure wish I was....</p>
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<p>When  Dh was about 11 or 12 he was in Boy Scouts. For a badge project all the boys stuffed a chicken and mounted it on a stand.  Dh loved his chicken and thought it was so cool. He decided to give it to his mom for christmas. So he kept it a big secret, wrapped it up and put it under the tree. Christmas morning he was so excited to see her open it...she opened the box, screamed and threw it across the room. She then demanded it be taken to the garage. Dh never saw it again and has no idea what she did with it.</p>
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<p>This story says alot about MIL and does make me a little sad for dh's 12 year old self.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>AngieB</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1284091/s-o-worst-gift-reaction-academy-awards#post_16100341"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-right:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-bottom:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>This story could fit in the worst gift ever thread also, but I think it fits best here. I was not around to witness this but I sure wish I was....</p>
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<p>When  Dh was about 11 or 12 he was in Boy Scouts. For a badge project all the boys stuffed a chicken and mounted it on a stand.  Dh loved his chicken and thought it was so cool. He decided to give it to his mom for christmas. So he kept it a big secret, wrapped it up and put it under the tree. Christmas morning he was so excited to see her open it...she opened the box, screamed and threw it across the room. She then demanded it be taken to the garage. Dh never saw it again and has no idea what she did with it.</p>
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<p>This story says alot about MIL and does make me a little sad for dh's 12 year old self.</p>
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<br><br><p> Oh gosh, that just breaks my heart!</p>
 

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<p>This isn't that bad, but for some reason it really burns me...</p>
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<p>I made some batik tee shirts for a recent family birthday party.  My extended family is huge and so they do once a month parties celebrating up to five birthdays.  Everyone is expected to buy nice gifts for everyone which gets crazy expensive...so anyways I made these shirts for the four people who had birthdays.</p>
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<p>Because the shirts were handmade I put a lot of thought into them, and made them as individual as possible.  For my uncle I made a cool pink hawiian themed shirt with a turtle on the front.  It turned out great.</p>
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<p>When the shirts were opened my aunt (uncle's SIL) freaked out about that shirt because it was pink.  "WHY did you give HIM the pink one?!"  "Did you make a MISTAKE?!"  "MEN don't wear PINK."  Mind you she did this in front of uncle and about 25 other people.  Did I mention she was three sheets to the wind?  And that this is the same aunt who is constantly razzing me about how I choose to dress DS (so she knows my views about gender and clothing very very well).</p>
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<p>Yeah, going to family parties is always interesting.</p>
 

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Your poor DH but I'm dying of laughter over here.  As the mother of a son...oh boy, I can picture something like this happening in our house. </p>
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<p>I'm guessing the last thing she was expecting was a long dead chicken.  LOL.<br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>AngieB</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1284091/s-o-worst-gift-reaction-academy-awards#post_16100341"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-right:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-bottom:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>This story could fit in the worst gift ever thread also, but I think it fits best here. I was not around to witness this but I sure wish I was....</p>
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<p>When  Dh was about 11 or 12 he was in Boy Scouts. For a badge project all the boys stuffed a chicken and mounted it on a stand.  Dh loved his chicken and thought it was so cool. He decided to give it to his mom for christmas. So he kept it a big secret, wrapped it up and put it under the tree. Christmas morning he was so excited to see her open it...she opened the box, screamed and threw it across the room. She then demanded it be taken to the garage. Dh never saw it again and has no idea what she did with it.</p>
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<p>This story says alot about MIL and does make me a little sad for dh's 12 year old self.</p>
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<p>Ds (6) received a zhu zhu pet (toy hamster) for his birthday a few weeks ago.</p>
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<p>When he opened it he exclaimed, "It's green!  My second favorite color of zhu zhu pets!"</p>
 

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<p>once year when I was a kid, probably around age 6, I asked for Ninja Turtles.  At my party I got a couple of Ninja Turtles, and some other stuff... but when I opened one kid's present I was super mean!  It was a little cross stitch set and I threw it on the ground with a disgusted look and said "WHAT am I supposed to do with THIS?!"  My mom was horrified, but it took me a while to realize how incredibly rude that was.  My friendship with that child managed to stay intact, so I guess he didn't take it personally.</p>
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<p>My kids haven't ever been nearly so rude :eek:</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>greeny</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1284091/s-o-worst-gift-reaction-academy-awards#post_16100534"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Ds (6) received a zhu zhu pet (toy hamster) for his birthday a few weeks ago.</p>
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<p>When he opened it he exclaimed, "It's green!  My second favorite color of zhu zhu pets!"</p>
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<br><br><p>That's so awesome.  </p>
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<p>When I was 15 I used my babysitting money and walked up to the mall about 3 miles away to buy my mom a gift.  She found it hidden behind my hamper and asked what it was.  I said something like "Oh dang, it was supposed to be a surprise, it's for you for Christmas."  She said, "I would never wear something that looked like shit."  Ok then, no Christmas present for you.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>greeny</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1284091/s-o-worst-gift-reaction-academy-awards#post_16100534"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Ds (6) received a zhu zhu pet (toy hamster) for his birthday a few weeks ago.</p>
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<p>When he opened it he exclaimed, "It's green!  My second favorite color of zhu zhu pets!"</p>
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<br><br><p>That's so awesome.  </p>
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<p>When I was 15 I used my babysitting money and walked up to the mall about 3 miles away to buy my mom a gift.  She found it hidden behind my hamper and asked what it was.  I said something like "Oh dang, it was supposed to be a surprise, it's for you for Christmas."  She said, "I would never wear something that looked like shit."  Ok then, no Christmas present for you.</p>
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Whoa... how is your relationship with your mom?? That's aweful.</p>
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<p>I probably deserve this award for being awful at receiving gifts from my mom, but I never say something looks like shit, and there's pretty much no-one who could hurt you with a comment like that more than your own mother :(</p>
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<p>FIL is also pretty awful at receiving gifts. I can empathize with him - he doesn't want crap that is useless to him, he just wants the specific things that he wants or nothing at all. But he's very amusing to watch - he'll open the gift, squint his eyes up all awfully and start kind of grunting and turning the thing around in his hand as if the REAL gift was hidden someplace underneath. MIL has to whack him on the back of his head and order him to say thank you, which he half grunts and half mutters. But the squinting goes on. It's hysterical. </p>
 

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<p>When I was 15 I used my babysitting money and walked up to the mall about 3 miles away to buy my mom a gift.  She found it hidden behind my hamper and asked what it was.  I said something like "Oh dang, it was supposed to be a surprise, it's for you for Christmas."  She said, "I would never wear something that looked like shit."  Ok then, no Christmas present for you.</p>
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<p>Bwahaha! OK, in all honesty I'm not sure I would have reacted to that in perfect parent mode either. I have a phobia about stuffed animals. Coming across a dead chicken... stuffed by underage amateurs... staring at me unexpectedly in a box... would be very hard to deal with gracefully! Poor MIL! :p (A live chicken, on the other hand, would be an awesome present. I miss my chickens.)</p>
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<p>As a kid I once gave Mum a Hawthorne and Heather drawer sachet. She was really sensitive to smells, but Hawthorne and Heather bath cubes were one thing she could stand, and she liked them. So I thought it was a fantastic idea. Sadly, the scent in the drawer sachets wasn't quite the same as in the bath cubes... so not only did she clap her hand to her face and make frantic get-it-out-of-the-room noises, she couldn't stand to have it in the HOUSE and we had to drive it, that very day, safely sealed in a peanut butter jar, to her friend Jenny's house to regift it. :p She wasn't rude about it - in fact she apologised profusely and admired the reasoning which had led me to conclude she'd like it, and so on - but it was still a bit depressing. Oh well!</p>
 

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<p>My sister and I had a party for our high school graduation.  AT my mom's suggestion we made lists of things we would like as gifts since we were leaving home.  Our grandmother gave us both Avon necklaces.  My sisters was silver and red and looked like the pull cord for a ceiling fan.  Mine was gols with a brown round bead and gols fringe (it looked like a fancy curtain tie back.  She also wrote in our cards that we were now adults and she would no longer be giving us presents.  We both kind of went off.  It was not pretty, we were not nice.  The rest of the grandkids (we are the oldest) refer to it as the great change, since after that they started getting cash or GC insteadt of crappy jewelry.  (My poor cousing got 6 pairs of earrings from Avon before my GM finally remembered she did not have pierced ears.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>AngieB</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1284091/s-o-worst-gift-reaction-academy-awards#post_16100341"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>This story could fit in the worst gift ever thread also, but I think it fits best here. I was not around to witness this but I sure wish I was....</p>
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<p>When  Dh was about 11 or 12 he was in Boy Scouts. For a badge project all the boys stuffed a chicken and mounted it on a stand.  Dh loved his chicken and thought it was so cool. He decided to give it to his mom for christmas. So he kept it a big secret, wrapped it up and put it under the tree. Christmas morning he was so excited to see her open it...she opened the box, screamed and threw it across the room. She then demanded it be taken to the garage. Dh never saw it again and has no idea what she did with it.</p>
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<p>That is so sad. :( </p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>AngieB</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1284091/s-o-worst-gift-reaction-academy-awards#post_16100341"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>This story could fit in the worst gift ever thread also, but I think it fits best here. I was not around to witness this but I sure wish I was....</p>
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<p>When  Dh was about 11 or 12 he was in Boy Scouts. For a badge project all the boys stuffed a chicken and mounted it on a stand.  Dh loved his chicken and thought it was so cool. He decided to give it to his mom for christmas. So he kept it a big secret, wrapped it up and put it under the tree. Christmas morning he was so excited to see her open it...she opened the box, screamed and threw it across the room. She then demanded it be taken to the garage. Dh never saw it again and has no idea what she did with it.</p>
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<p>This story says alot about MIL and does make me a little sad for dh's 12 year old self.</p>
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<p>Here is where I talk about the gift, post 28 <a href="http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/1283609/worst-present-academy-awards/20">http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/1283609/worst-present-academy-awards/20</a></p>
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<p>More background, my cousin, who was six months older then me, had no filters.  She was wild child and spoke her mind.  She lived far away and saw her bio father very infrequently.  He was a loser, harsh but true, and paid zero attention to her (or anyone else for that matter) when she visited.</p>
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<p>So we open up the Cabbage Patch dolls and she was all "what the F*** do I want with a doll!?!?!"  I'm almost 15 for $*%&^ sakes!"  I think she may have kicked the box down into the dining room.  I suspect my grandmother forced the uncle into getting all the nieces and nephews presents and he probably didn't have the first clue about what to get teenage girls.</p>
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<p>FIL calls up DH, BIL and StepSIL right before Mother's Day and screams at them about making sure they get StepMIL a present.  None of them had any money but they knew they were expected to get her something pricey.</p>
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<p>They picked out a flowering plant and a $100 gift certificate to the IL's favorite restaurant.  They all went up to the ILs house on Mother's Day to visit and give her the gift.  The ILs lived in a very rich development and all the neighbors were super nosey - I say this because it part of the bad behavior.</p>
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<p>It was a really nice day and the ILs were outside when the kids pulled into the driveway.  The kids present the gifts and MIL goes completely bat sh*t crazy and starts screaming at them about how they waited until the last minute to buy a present, how thoughtless they were, on and on.</p>
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<p>This attracts the attention of all the neighbors who come to the top of the driveway to see just what the heck is going on.</p>
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<p>MIL then rips the gift certificate to shreds and stomps on the pieces.  Then she threw the flower on the ground, jumped up and down on it and kicked the leaves all about.</p>
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<p>According to DH, StepSIL (her bio daughter) begged her to stop but that made it worse.  MIL then blamed the kids for causing a scene in front of all the neighbors.</p>
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<p>DH broke ties from his family (big surprise) and 10+ years later, people from that street will comment to us how they felt so sorry for the kids because it was obvious to everyone that FIL and MIL had some very serious mental issues.</p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Caneel</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1284091/s-o-worst-gift-reaction-academy-awards#post_16102390"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>FIL calls up DH, BIL and StepSIL right before Mother's Day and screams at them about making sure they get StepMIL a present.  None of them had any money but they knew they were expected to get her something pricey.</p>
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<p>They picked out a flowering plant and a $100 gift certificate to the IL's favorite restaurant.  They all went up to the ILs house on Mother's Day to visit and give her the gift.  The ILs lived in a very rich development and all the neighbors were super nosey - I say this because it part of the bad behavior.</p>
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<p>It was a really nice day and the ILs were outside when the kids pulled into the driveway.  The kids present the gifts and MIL goes completely bat sh*t crazy and starts screaming at them about how they waited until the last minute to buy a present, how thoughtless they were, on and on.</p>
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<p>This attracts the attention of all the neighbors who come to the top of the driveway to see just what the heck is going on.</p>
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<p>MIL then rips the gift certificate to shreds and stomps on the pieces.  Then she threw the flower on the ground, jumped up and down on it and kicked the leaves all about.</p>
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<p>According to DH, StepSIL (her bio daughter) begged her to stop but that made it worse.  MIL then blamed the kids for causing a scene in front of all the neighbors.</p>
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<p>DH broke ties from his family (big surprise) and 10+ years later, people from that street will comment to us how they felt so sorry for the kids because it was obvious to everyone that FIL and MIL had some very serious mental issues.</p>
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<p>Obviously she didn't know that it was a stuffed SERVICE CHICKEN!  <span><img alt="ROTFLMAO.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/ROTFLMAO.gif" style="width:39px;height:15px;"></span><br><br>
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