The worst Christmas present, given or received

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I'm sure I've posted this somewhere, but I can't find it as a topic of its own, and since it's a Friday, and the Friday before Christmas...

 

Our very first Christmas after getting married, or was it the one just before we got married, I got my wife an electric bread cutter, and she got me a white button down dress shirt.

 

She felt like I was pinning her down as a housewife (in my defense, she had said that she wanted one, and I didn't make a lot of money at the time, so that 250 Marks really felt like a good gift). As for my white button down shirt, as a tractor mechanic at the time, what the &$%§ was I supposed to do with that?

 

It took years after that, before we started buying gifts for eachother, rather than just buying something for ourselves and calling it "my Christmas present this year"... :D

 

What was your worst present you either gave to someone or received?

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It wasn't a Christmas present, but deserves an honerable mention. My parents went to Italy when I was 13, and brought back presents for all of us. I got a lurid paisly silk tie. My mother saw my face drop, and huffed that I'd appreciate a quality silk tie when I was older. Which is true, I have some rather nice silk ties. But that tie was only ever worn once.

 

To a worst tie competition. It didn't win.

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My (now) ex - the first birthday we were together - gave me a frying pan because he didn't like the one I had.

 

Last year one of the kids gave him a frying pan for Christmas.

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Last year one of the kids gave him a frying pan for Christmas.

 

Knowing you, like I do, I'm sure you had no hand in that... Noooo... :P

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Knowing you, like I do, I'm sure you had no hand in that... Noooo...

 

Moi? :rolleyes:

 

(This year one of them gave him a new kettle)

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I used to have a bit of a tradition going with one of my good friends back home to give each other the most crap Christmas presents we could possibly find.

 

Some of the stand-out gifts included things like a plastic nativity set, a cheap pretend ornamental iron, various religious paraphanalia (we're both atheists), horrible slippers, a t-shirt proclaiming pride in one's homosexuality, a flashing bow-tie, a book titled "Oven-mitts to die for", ugly wall pictures, a Barbie Calendar, and a few other things I can't remember off-hand now.

 

Unfortunately this tradition died when I moved to Germany, but I always really looked forward to exchanging gifts with him, just to see what he'd come up with for me, and to see the expression on his face when he opened my crap gift.

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An argument caused by my brothers' father's boorish behavior. I was lucky, though, unlike my younger brothers I could leave the apartment so I ended up spending Christmas Eve with friends, one of whom was celebrating his birthday as well.

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"To bob lots of love NAN" my nan was 92 at the time, she had taken the trouble to walk to the shops to buy her grandson a bar of chocolate,wrap it up,write a card and the b**t**d unpacked it,

Oh, man. You "win". Such a very sad story.

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I got a really stinky angora sweater from my brother and his girlfriend once. Washed it over and over again and it still smelled like burnt plastic. No idea where they got the thing.

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in 1988 I moved down south to start my new job living in B&B.For Christmas I got sweet feck all so I treated myself to a bottle of Bells Whiskey

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I was maybe 8 and I had been dying for a pair of ice skates so I could go to the rink in the park near our house and have my very own skates like the other little girls. My mom said she was sure I'd get them. On Christmas morning, I opened the box, and there they were...all grey and scratched. I burst into tears, thinking that someone had gotten into our house, carefully unwrapped our presents, and used them before putting them back. It turns out my mom and dad (wisely) didn't want to invest in a new pair of skates when they didn't know if I'd use them enough to make it worth the investment. Mom explained, but I was inconsolable. My parents must have really felt like poop about it.

 

Luckily, the next year I got a super cool red ice skating costume with a white stripe down the side. It more than made up for the year before. (And I ice skated every season and took lessons and got quite good at it, so it was worth the investment.)

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I once received a gift set containing a packet of peanuts and a pair of boxer shorts with the legend "nuts about nuts" stamped on them.

 

As for the worst I've given, probably today - just handed my boss a resignation letter.

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That time I bought someone some reeeelly stinky Belgian cheese and the smell of it infused into the wrapping paper of all the other gifts. Had no time to repack, so I had to dust all the prezzies with talc trying to mask the smell.

 

(It didn't work)

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In my old hippy days on the road, I gave a fellow hitchhiker/dosser a pair of my underpants ( I was wearing the other pair myself!). Considering I had no access to a shower or washing machine that Christmas, I doubt if they were washed, either! :D

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I have low standards, but a grotty pair of John.g's skanky, sweat and other bodily fluid encrusted skivvies?

 

I vote for John.g('s present)

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I can help you there, kludgie! It was in Costa Rica and the guy was on the road to San José where he was supposed to have a date with a woman and he wanted to make a good impression!

 

Didn´t everyone live like that back then in 1973? :D

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