What was your worst gift ever?

Pete's Princess Pete's Princess
We all get them, a gift that was way off the mark. It may even be one we still have nightmares about or needed some therapy to get over. Even if it wasn't that bad, please share your bad gift.
12/28/2013
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Ansley Ansley
I think the worst gift is no gift. Hypocitical of me because I never have extra money to spend on others but I do try to do small things like give a card or bake something for people closest to me. This year was especially dismal, I think everyone was so strapped for cash and worrying about making ends meet that the holiday season was a little light for most. (Which theoretically should be okay since that's not what it's about anyway.)
Jan 1, 1:07 pm
eri86 eri86
Getting a t-shirt and underwear box set that A) was the wrong size, B) wasn't my style, and C) came from a store I never shopped at, but who only did store credit on their returns.
Jan 3, 4:09 pm
Sassy Pam Sassy Pam
A used handbag with a brand new round brush, chopstick, & packet of tissues inside. Granted it was from my Aunt who never liked me, but it was a real bummer because everyone else got really nice gifts.
Jan 3, 5:48 pm
Taylor Taylor
A relative gave me a scale when I was in recovery for an eating disorder. It is still pretty painful to think about even several years later. They knew about the eating disorder too, so it wasn't like it was a mistake. It was very triggering for me at the time
Jan 3, 10:05 pm
smalltalkingbit smalltalkingbit
I was working overseas, and my boyfriend at the time didn't call, email, write, mail a gift-- no form of communication whatsoever. I didn't need to get a physical gift, but some sort of "I thought of you" indication would have been nice. We'd been together 6 years, so it was surprising. Less surprising was finding out later there was someone else. Hindsight and all that. Happier now, though!
Jan 5, 4:18 am
Bignuf Bignuf
A client gave me a certificate for a Mani-Pedi and day long massage/therapy massage session at a local spa. Of course, that was the day before the spa was closed down due to complaints from clients that the "massage" therapist was being a bit too "personal" with the clients and turned out not to hold a valid masseuse license. It only got worse when the owner reopened with a "new" staff two weeks later and then was shut down due to multiple health code violations!!! I feel bad the person spent all that cash on a gift for me, but there was no way I was ever stepping foot in that place (even if it did reopen). Yuk.
Jan 5, 3:04 pm
Bignuf Bignuf
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Originally posted by Sassy Pam
A used handbag with a brand new round brush, chopstick, & packet of tissues inside. Granted it was from my Aunt who never liked me, but it was a real bummer because everyone else got really nice gifts.
Ouch. That is really bad.
Jan 5, 3:05 pm
Ansley Ansley
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Originally posted by Taylor
A relative gave me a scale when I was in recovery for an eating disorder. It is still pretty painful to think about even several years later. They knew about the eating disorder too, so it wasn't like it was a mistake. It was very triggering for ... More
That is one relative I would never be speaking to again. What a grade-A asshole.
Jan 6, 12:15 pm
Ansley Ansley
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Originally posted by eri86
Getting a t-shirt and underwear box set that A) was the wrong size, B) wasn't my style, and C) came from a store I never shopped at, but who only did store credit on their returns.
I hate that. One year my husband bought a jean jacket for me, but it was just a little too small. He bought it at Gap and when we tried to exchange it, they didn't have the same one in stock anymore. They wanted us to accept store credit and after much fussing and demanding we finally got our money back. I will never do business with that place ever again.
Jan 6, 12:16 pm
Ansley Ansley
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Originally posted by smalltalkingbit
I was working overseas, and my boyfriend at the time didn't call, email, write, mail a gift-- no form of communication whatsoever. I didn't need to get a physical gift, but some sort of "I thought of you" indication would have been ... More
I don't understand why people just can't be honest. I'd much rather the person tell me they have a burning hatred for me deep within their soul that makes them rage and seethe instead of lying to my face or ignoring me and making me jump through hoops to figure out what the hell is going on. I have no patience or time for that kind of behavior.
Jan 6, 12:17 pm
BlackOrchid BlackOrchid
A coat which advertised a family member's business. Also it was personalized, so it couldn't be returned or exchanged because my freaking name was sewn into it.
Jan 6, 1:21 pm
smalltalkingbit smalltalkingbit
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Originally posted by Ansley
I hate that. One year my husband bought a jean jacket for me, but it was just a little too small. He bought it at Gap and when we tried to exchange it, they didn't have the same one in stock anymore. They wanted us to accept store credit and ... More
H&M functions the same way for returns when there isn't the right size available for exchange. I don't buy gifts for anyone there for that exact reason.

Stormy- couldn't agree with you more about preferring directness and honesty over elusive behavior.

BlackOrchid- yikes! Did you end up donating it?
Jan 6, 7:50 pm
Bignuf Bignuf
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Originally posted by BlackOrchid
A coat which advertised a family member's business. Also it was personalized, so it couldn't be returned or exchanged because my freaking name was sewn into it.
Ummmmm....I actually got a winter/waterproof "sea" coat, with a HUGE logo on the back and over the breast pocket, from a relative that owns an "Ocean/Coastal Towing"company. Yes, it does advertise their business, but it is an amazing, warm, well built, expensive jacket they had designed, custom, for their crew and staff, and they had a few made as gifts for relatives (including me) and other then going out somewhere formal, if I am just "around town", it is the best coat I have ever owned, and I love it. I just cannot say it was in any way a "bad gift", but I understand it is kind of strange giving a gift which is a business add, in any case.
Mar 17, 7:18 pm
PadoruLover PadoruLover
Hat that didn't fit and I don't even wear hats
Mar 18, 5:54 pm
BlackOrchid BlackOrchid
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Originally posted by Bignuf
Ummmmm....I actually got a winter/waterproof "sea" coat, with a HUGE logo on the back and over the breast pocket, from a relative that owns an "Ocean/Coastal Towing"company. Yes, it does advertise their business, but it is an ... More
Well, now that I'm a grown woman I might have appreciated it. But I was in middle school at the time so I was extremely self conscious of everything that I wore. "Family business" jackets weren't exactly "in" at the time. Hah!
May 8, 2:24 pm
Shortc8ke Shortc8ke
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Originally posted by Pete's Princess
We all get them, a gift that was way off the mark. It may even be one we still have nightmares about or needed some therapy to get over. Even if it wasn't that bad, please share your bad gift.
Worst gift I ever got was a an ugly sweater that was itchy and didn't even fit
Jun 5, 11:00 pm
Bignuf Bignuf
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Originally posted by Pete's Princess
We all get them, a gift that was way off the mark. It may even be one we still have nightmares about or needed some therapy to get over. Even if it wasn't that bad, please share your bad gift.
I just got my "new" candidate for "worst gift ever". A friends daughter went to work for a summer as a teacher in a school in Africa. We have helped her with a lot of school things during the last few years, so she wanted to bring us back a "little something". Well, indeed she did. A refrigerator magnet with a photo of a little "native kid" (you know the kind, bulging tummy, naked expect grass cloth "skirt", standing in front of a grass hut. Looked more like a "save the children" ad then a "souvenir", but that is what it was sold as. Oh, wait, that isn't the real bugger to the story. The fact that on the back, in clear, black letters, are the infamous words one only expects from stuff bought in the USA. Yes indeed, "Made In China"!!! Not even an African cottage industry. I wasn't sure if this was something to laugh or cry about!
Jun 8, 9:05 pm
Sir Sir
I haven't really ever gotten bad gifts, or at least, I did not think much of them. I am always very appreciative of the gifts I receive, no matter what they are.
Jun 8, 10:03 pm
inkky inkky
An ex got me a mini pot of burts bees chapstick for my 18th birthday. He forgot my birthday and went to a gas station last minute. I was still grateful that he got me anything, but I was a pretty upset that he forgot in the first place.
Jun 11, 5:48 pm
tiny princey tiny princey
I don't think I ever got a bad gift before. As long as people express their thoughts on trying to celebrate the event I'm glad. The strangest thing I've gotten would be a baked potato though.
Jun 15, 2:47 pm
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