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<p>We've had one of these every year now for a bit.  Come on folks lets get our laughs on.  What has been the worst present, holiday or otherwise, you've been given???  There are some great old threads around here but its time for a new one.  And with Dec already here...</p>
 

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<p>For Christmas when I was 17, my then boyfriend/ex fiance bought me the book, "You Can Be Happy No Matter What."</p>
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<p>I have to ask why is this bad?  It sounds like someone that cared about your happiness.  Not saying the guy wasn't good or right for you but as someone that has struggled with depression that would be an attempt to help.  <br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>thefreckledmama</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1283609/worst-present-academy-awards#post_16094827"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>For Christmas when I was 17, my then boyfriend/ex fiance bought me the book, "You Can Be Happy No Matter What."</p>
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<p>Like I said, he's my ex fiance.  <img alt="thumb.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/thumb.gif"></p>
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<p>For a 17 year old, probably not a book she'd be interested in reading. I know self-help books weren't on my reading list back then..lol</p>
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<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FYou-Can-Happy-Matter-What%2Fdp%2F1577315685%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1%3Fie%3DUTF8%26qid%3D1291586007%26sr%3D8-1" rel="norewrite" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/You-Can-Happy-Matter-What/dp/1577315685/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1291586007&sr=8-1</a></p>
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<p>OP:  For some reason I think he probably took it from a parent's bookshelf...lol</p>
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<p>Worst gift I was ever given was a horrible smelling apple candle. Didn't smell like yummy apples, it smelled like rotten apples. The only reason I got it, is we did that weird pick a gift, the next person can steal yours, etc. And my cousin Jeff got the candle first, and he pouted about it, so I "stole" it from him when it was my turn so he could get something else. He got ended up with a clock radio. LOL (I don't enjoy playing this gift game in anything but my family, as we have a good time doing it-Usually, unless poor Jeff is a sourpuss. (He's almost 10 years older than I did, and he's a huge baby.)</p>
 

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<p>I was 17.  What 17 year old girl want a self-help book from her boyfriend, for Christmas?  <img alt="lol.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/lol.gif"></p>
 

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<p>true, but I think in hind site....he might have had a point.  Ok, if it was me he would have a point.  LOL  <img alt="lol.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/lol.gif"></p>
 

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<p>For our 1st Christmas, Dh's granny gave us 2 ceramic figurines.  They were foot tall, poorly rendered pink flamingos with iridescent glaze.  I have no idea why.</p>
 

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<p>In no particular order:</p>
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<p>I am expecting a kangaroo skin wallhanging for Xmas from my SIL.  Who gives people a fur thing unless they know they want them????  And I, most assuredly, do not.</p>
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<p>My BIL gave my sister,  a strong believer in God, a book on why God was fake</p>
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<p>My DH's aunt  gave DH deodarant for Xmas one year</p>
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<p>A friend who lives in a small apartment was given a huge tire swing for her son for xmas.  Yeah.</p>
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<p>I love these threads!  Who was it who got the "Jesus still loves you" plaque from her MIL because she doesn't like ham?</p>
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<p>Kathymuggle, is there a story behind your SIL's bizarre and exotic choice, or was she just passing through the craft fair and got over-excited?</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>kathymuggle</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1283609/worst-present-academy-awards#post_16095262"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>In no particular order:</p>
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<p>I am expecting a kangaroo skin wallhanging for Xmas from my SIL.  Who gives people a fur thing unless they know they want them????  And I, most assuredly, do not.</p>
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<p>While it's still a horrible present, I had to read "who gives people a fur thing unless they know they want them" three times before I stopped reading as you saying that your SIL finds out if someone wants a fur thing and doesn't give fur things to people who want them.<br>
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<p>i have to say although this won't win an of the awards ANY knick knack stuff is on my own personal list.   Anyone who knows me a little bit knows how bad I hate clutter and "stuff".  And if you give me that crap, that has no meaning behind it, it will immediately be given to good will.  You have been warned.</p>
 

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<p>Do I really need to revive the "door handles in the shape of a horse with huge erection" story?!  I'm sure it's still around here somewhere. </p>
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<p>If we ever have a "pleasure room" (and you KNOW what I mean), these would be perfect.  But until then, I really don't know WHAT my SIL intended us to do with these.</p>
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<p>By the way, she gave the IL's (her own parents) the same exact gift!  They actually managed to work them into their home decor in such a way that no one notices what they are.  (Unless you know to look for them!)</p>
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<p>Oh!  This SIL also gave me tiny, sexy underwear at a family Christmas, where everyone takes a turn, opens a present and holds it up for all to see.  DH and I were newlyweds, and I was definitely the newby outsider.  I really REALLY did not want to hold THAT up for everyone (including FIL) to see.</p>
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<p>I give away a lot of stuff I don't care for (once I traded in an inspirational book my MIL gave me for an erotic novel), but I wouldn't "warn" people in advance about the "consequence" of incurring my displeasure with their attempt to give me a gift.  When I got married, I acquired a bunch of relatives whose interests I know nothing about.  And they acquired me.  I'm sure it's been a shock.  It's incredibly kind of them to give me presents, and I know my efforts to be kind to them are not always successful.  It's fine with me if they pass things on or donate them - and I know they do!  Last year my MIL accidentally re-gifted me the CD I gave her last year.  But short of anti-semitic decor items, or used period panties, I try to be polite about it.</p>
 

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<p>I'm always polite.  But remember I've had my family/ILs a long time.  (nearing my 20th anniversary). They know me very well.  They are in our house 2-3 times a month  So to give me that would be truely a last minute oh we gotta get something thing.  So they don't anymore.  There are some very distant "family friends of the ILs" who will do this, despite us telling them over and over not to spend money on us. (mainly because its for appearances and they haven't a clue what to get) Those are the donated presents.</p>
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<p>Speaking of those people-they sent our sons flannel sleep pants they got on sale.  They gave my 60 lb 10 yr old mens sleep pants, my 90lb 13 yr old mens large and my oldest son who weighs about 160 a mens size XL.  They saw them about 3 weeks ago.  BLECH.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Ann-Marita</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1283609/worst-present-academy-awards#post_16095312"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif"></a><br><br><p>Do I really need to revive the "door handles in the shape of a horse with huge erection" story?!  I'm sure it's still around here somewhere. </p>
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<p>If we ever have a "pleasure room" (and you KNOW what I mean), these would be perfect.  But until then, I really don't know WHAT my SIL intended us to do with these.</p>
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<p>By the way, she gave the IL's (her own parents) the same exact gift!  They actually managed to work them into their home decor in such a way that no one notices what they are.  (Unless you know to look for them!)</p>
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<p>Oh!  This SIL also gave me tiny, sexy underwear at a family Christmas, where everyone takes a turn, opens a present and holds it up for all to see.  DH and I were newlyweds, and I was definitely the newby outsider.  I really REALLY did not want to hold THAT up for everyone (including FIL) to see.</p>
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Yes! Please revive that thread! I missed it the first time around, and it sounds hilarious!
 

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Worst Xmas - probably the year my parents got me an ironing board. Think i was 18 or 19.<br><br>
Bday - the year my parents (dad and SM) dropped us at home after dinner to run to the drug store and spend $20 on a present for me. A hair brush set and a cheap photo album. Think i was 15. And this was the same year my sister got a $200 clothes shopping spree for her bday (2 mos after mine).
 

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<p>My brother got me a T-shirt that said "All The Voices In My Head Hate You". I don't wear T-shirts, especially those with sayings on them. Oh, and our mother is schizophrenic. He gave the T-shirt to me AT OUR MOTHER'S HOUSE on Christmas.  <img alt="duh.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/duh.gif">  </p>
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<p>Did I mention I'm scared to death of inheriting her mental disorder? Yeah...</p>
 

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<p>And ex boyfriend of mine gave me 3 used gifts. All of them were not in their original boxes (actually two weren't in a box at all, just wrapped in paper). They were a HUGE stereo just like the one I already owned. It had stickers all over it. The next was an incense burner........a bit better.......if it wasn't a tower of sculls. Uh, ya. The last was a used water filter pitcher. It was thoughtful in that I actually needed it and it was something I could use. But for months after that he would yell at me any time he noticed that the water wasn't high enough to cover the filter. (Don't ask why I stayed with him for a few months after that horrible xmas!) To make matters worse he gave me all of these 'gifts' two weeks late (meaning 2 weeks after we had agreed to get together and exchange gifts. I had given him his brand new, expensive things that he LOVED). Clearly, he wasn't a very good boyfriend, but aside from that I just don't get some peoples gift giving etiquette.</p>
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<p>ETA: It wasn't really the fact that he re-gifted that irked me. I'm all about re-gifting/giving used. It was the way he talked up the 'gifts' he had bought me for WEEKS before hand, only to find out that he just searched his room and gave me some old crap he wasn't using anymore.</p>
 

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<p>When I was about 14 or 15 years old, a friend of the family gave me a dirty butter knife, all wrapped up in a fancy box with a bow.  All we can figure is she went to grab the actual gift and put the butter knife in instead.  The best part was writing the thank-you note!  "Thanks so much for the... um.... gift."</p>
 
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