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What is the objectively worst Christmas present to receive this holiday season? After polling the internet, these are the top-voted responses for dreadful Christmas gifts.
10. Re-Gifts That You Bought for Them
One person exclaimed, “Something you put a lot of thought and effort into for someone only to be re-gifted back to you. It doesn’t matter if they forgot it was from you. Just the fact they didn’t consider your thoughtfulness in their gift is the worst feeling!”
“My sister knowingly re-gifted a present my wife bought her to our son last year. She even presented the gift to him, saying, “your parents gave this to me many years ago, and I never used it, so now I’m giving it to you!”
9. Toilet Plunger
Another confessed, “One year, I got a toilet plunger from the mother-in-law. Seriously, a toilet plunger. I told my then-wife every time the toilet clogs up. It reminded me of her, not even joking.”
“She gave me a toilet plunger. As a Christmas gift?” “That’s crazy. Plungers are a housewarming gift only.,” a final person commented.
8. Used Items From Around the House
“I was getting married seven weeks after Christmas,” started one. “My future mother-in-law forgot to get me anything. She went to her bedroom, got a used perfume bottle, and had the nerve to give it to me. My future sister-in-law also rushed upstairs and brought me a used college textbook as a gift.”
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7. Christmas Related Gifts
“Anything that’s Christmas related because you’re only going to use it for a couple more hours that day, and then it’ll get shoved in a closet for a year,” replied one.
Another agreed, “Came here to say this! I think the decorations are okay because I’ll use them the next year. But I hate getting Christmas-themed body care items, candles, and clothing.”
6. Something That Requires Responsibility
“Something that requires responsibility you didn’t ask for, like a pet.,” one shared. “I used to work at a pet store. The days leading up to Christmas were the worst. So many people are looking for pets for their kids. After a while, you could tell which ones were coming back or would end up at a shelter.”
A second volunteered, “I work in pet insurance. Every year tons of policies start in January and then end a month later. Pets are a commitment, a family member, not a gift. So please don’t buy pets as presents unless all parties agree to get one beforehand.”
5. The One You Asked Not to Get
“The worst gift is the one from someone you didn’t think was getting you a present, so you are left feeling guilty that you didn’t get them anything,” one answered. “They may not expect anything in return, but that doesn’t stop you from feeling bad that you didn’t reciprocate.”
4. Joke Gifts
Another stated, “Giving gifts as a joke before giving them their real presents. For example, my grandpa got my grandmother cleaning supplies (mop, soap, etc.) as a joke one year. She cried.”
“A joke present before the real gift can be the worst. Some people may enjoy the joke, but in my experience, the recipients feel embarrassed. My grandpa used to do this to people a lot.”
“He just liked to mess with people’s emotions and lord power over them, watching them struggle to seem polite and gracious when he made a spectacle out of them opening their gift.”
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3. Gift Cards to Places You Don’t Shop or Dine
“A gift card for something you don’t usually use. Bonus points if it’s like $50 for an expensive restaurant, so you spend more money,” suggested one. “My sister gave us a $50 Cheesecake Factory gift card one year. Unfortunately, the closest one is nearly 100 miles away,”
2. Renewal Gifts
“I remember, as a child signing my parents up to have their newspapers delivered every day. I had paid for the first week, but it was set to renew every week,” someone confessed.
“It didn’t occur to me until some time later that I had effectively gotten them a present worth about a tenner between them and cost them money before they had to cancel that subscription at the newsagent.”
“It felt like a thoughtful gift at the time, but it must be vying for position as one of the crappest gifts possible.” Another added, “It’s predatory for a salesperson to sign a kid up for a subscription his parents would get the bill for,” another added.
1. Life-Changing Gifts When You Didn’t Ask For Them
Finally, someone said, “Anything you didn’t ask for that is an obvious comment about you or your body—for example, diet books, self-help books or products, weight loss programs, and gym memberships.”
Some examples were given, including a book about how to be a housewife given by a mother-in-law, calming oil for overly emotional women, and acne masks for a teenage girl.
We hope you enjoyed this Reddit picks list of the worst Christmas gifts ever given. But, of course, these views are from the internet and don’t necessarily reflect the opinions of Motherhood Life Balance.
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