Terrible gifts are to be expected over the holiday season. Sometimes you're giving them, and sometimes you're receiving them. Whether you're here to commiserate with your fellow bad gift receivers, or make sure you never give someone a reason to commiserate in the first place, this list is for you! Read these stories of terrible holidays past, and learn what gifts to avoid this Christmas.
- 112 VOTES
A Single Dish Towel
From Redditor u/GhostlyQbe:
A dish towel... I was 8 years old.
- 28 VOTES
A Lamborghini Calendar
From Redditor u/Stickmag:
A Lamborghini calender. My brother got a guitar and an amp. My two sisters got a bike each. F*ck I hate Lamborghinis now.
- 38 VOTES
A Mariah Carey CD
From Redditor u/daughtcahm:
The time I was really into Green Day and the emerging "alternative" music of the mid-'90s. And my mom bought me a few CDs (back when CDs were something stupid like $20 each). Wow! Awesome gift! Except the CDs were Toni Braxton and Mariah Carey and something else I've completely forgotten.
- 410 VOTES
A Read Magazine And A Used DVD
From Redditor u/beehaw7:
So I was dating a guy for a few months when Christmas rolled around. He had recently started a new job that required travel and this was before smartphones and built-in GPS in your car were common, so I splurged a bit and got him a Garmin to help him find his way. Thoughtful, useful, but not too sentimental; it felt perfect for where the relationship was at the time.
Due to schedules, we couldn’t get together until a few days after Christmas. In my haste to go see him, I walked right out the door without his gift. I didn’t realize it until I got to his house and I felt terrible, but he said, “No worries, I’ll give you your gifts now and I’ll just get mine later.”
Cool. So he goes into the other room and comes back with two wrapped gifts. I noticed some of the paper was messed up like it had been rewrapped, but didn’t think much of it at the moment.
I carefully unwrapped the first package.
It was an MMA magazine. That had clearly been read.
I was... confused.
I do not like MMA. Not even a little bit. Nor have I ever expressed interest in MMA. Not once.
He, on the other hand, loved all things MMA.
Trying to move on, I politely thanked him, set the magazine down, and refocused on the next gift.
I could tell it was a DVD from the shape of the package.
And indeed, it was a DVD. A Forrest Gump DVD. With the cellophane wrapper missing.
Now don’t get me wrong, Forrest Gump is a solid choice. Except, I already owned a Forrest Gump DVD. And now here I was suddenly the proud owner of a second copy that appeared used.
I again thanked him and sat there quietly, trying to wrap my head around how he could have arrived at the conclusion that a used magazine on a topic I didn’t like and a secondhand DVD of something I already owned would make for good Christmas gifts.
He also got a little quiet, then sheepishly volunteered, “I, uh, got bored so I watched the movie yesterday.”
I just stared.
“And then I, uh, hadn’t seen that issue yet... so I went ahead and read through it. I think you’ll really like it!”
I slowly responded, “So... you got me a magazine because you wanted to read it and then watched the movie you got for me because you were bored?”
His only response was, “Well yeah, I guess so.”
I left not long after.
The next day, I returned the Garmin for a full refund.
About a week later, he called and said he didn’t think it was working out. “No problem,” I said, “I don’t think it’s working out either.”
As we were wrapping up the call, expressing well wishes and all that, he paused for a beat and said, “Hey, uh, were you still going to give me that Christmas present?”
- 510 VOTES
A Blender... For Someone Who Has Three Of Them
From Redditor u/tealgrayone:
The year I gave my ex-husband a Tag Heuer watch he gave me a $19.99 Walmart blender. We already had three blenders.
- 66 VOTES
A Jacket (And The Loss Of Childhood Innocence)
From Redditor u/dariusz2k:
When the Tamagotchi craze was in full swing my siblings and I asked for one.
My sisters both got one, and I got a jacket because mine was torn up and small...
I asked my dad why I didn't get one and if Santa thought I did something bad that year. He told me I was too old for Santa and needed to learn life isn't fair.
I was 8. My sisters were 7 and 5.
From that point forward I only ever received clothing.