The worst present you have ever received at Christmas

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marriedinwhiteisback Thu 10-Oct-13 20:34:39

Prompted by the Christmas wish list:

What was your worst Xmas Present
From whom; and
Why

Mine was a knit your own acrylic tank top and a pair of fake patent mule slippers from M&S - I was 24 (a very long time ago)

From my mum

And awful because she is incredibly stylish and it summed up her opinion of me as a mousey, boring, frump. sad.

cantheyseeme Tue 10-Dec-13 17:16:32

I love awful presents they make me grin a couple of years ago mil got me some stick on led lights for caravans.... we dont own or use a caravan, bless her haha!

Moreisnnogedag Tue 10-Dec-13 17:11:28

A barbie bubble bath bottle with the top half being an actual barbie with a skirt that covered the bottle. From my nan-in-law bless her.

Marne Tue 10-Dec-13 17:07:19

My Nan (bless her) always gives us odd gifts, I enjoy opening her presents because they always make me smile, gifts have included:

A tin of ham
2 odd silver spoons (this was last years gift)
Lavender soap <boak> (I always give this to my mum so she can give it to her partners mum who is old and likes lavender).
Pineapple chunks
Novelty tea towels (with random places on, I think she picks these up at jumble sales)
Hankies (1880's style hankies)
Jigsaw puzzles with bits missing smile

Sadly she's getting very old so wont be doing gifts this year (as she no longer goes to jumble sales and charity shops) and will be giving money instead, I will miss her gifts sad.

paparoberts Tue 10-Dec-13 16:30:45

A laminator! Top of the range! I still haven't yet laminated anything and the thing is still boxed!

Dededum Sun 13-Oct-13 19:22:22

A golf course membership. They couldn't deal with me giving up golf, they kept paying for it despite the fact that I played 3 or 4 times a year. Then they decided that it was my pressie, according to DH the look on my face was priceless.

imsureineverdo Sun 13-Oct-13 19:15:56

Memoirs of an Unfit Mother by Anne Robinson.

Clearly my ex-Mil was trying to tell me something!

Ilanthe Sun 13-Oct-13 18:43:39

A 1kg bag of Tilda basmati rice.

It was a passive aggressive dig from my BIL about the fact that I should, as a woman, do the cooking.

One year I got the how clean is your house book, another year a set of coffe cups (I don't drink coffee) and a tea towel.

My birthday's three days before Christmas, so I'm going to pretend my 18th birthday present from my then boyfriend was a Christmas present.

A single white candle - the type that is sold as a 'household candle' in a red box, for use in power cuts.

Three gurning ceramic frogs, about an inch high, with wibbly wobbly eyes, one of them clutching a key that had '18!' stamped across it.

A ceramic money box, in the shape of a treasure chest with a teddy bear lying on top of it.

It was a very good thing he was away in Costa Rica for four months at the time. Within thirty seconds of opening it, I decided he was regulated to 'ex' status.

SarahFx Sun 13-Oct-13 18:25:45

My MIL is legendary for her crap presents. She's not so bad at mine, I generally get some trinket from Accessorise but her son's are embarrassing.

The best one was a Fruit Bosket (that's not a typo) which was a wicker fruit basket imported from Romania, manufactured in 1977 ( it said on the box) which she'd picked up from a flea market. It came complete with a large muddy footprint on the front. Another year I suggested a new dressing gown. Perhaps from the White Company.
She bought him a hideous waffle number from Asda with the £4 reduced sticker still attached.

I'd rather she bought him nothing as she upsets him every Christmas with her shit gifts but rings up weeks in advance to ask what we are going to buy her! I normally suggest a flick of the V's when she rings to enquire.

DontMentionThePrunes Sun 13-Oct-13 18:24:20

A 4-plug adaptor socket thing. Big whoop!

babyseal Sun 13-Oct-13 18:17:32

One packet of deep frozen onion bhajis, the one packet bit being important, as it had "Buy one Get One Free" emblazoned over it. hmm They were from my ex-ils, and it smarted particularly as their other dil got a vaseful of twiggy shit.grin

hearthwitch Sun 13-Oct-13 18:07:02

my mother who I'm now nc with was really bad at presents. the best was the year when my twin got a set of matched luggage and I got a pile of second hand skirts from the charity shop wrapped in a black bin bag. but apparently she had spent the same on us both. confused

dingit Sun 13-Oct-13 17:52:18

Not me, but my best friend got one of those ceramic chickens that you keep your eggs in. It cost her dh £100. If it had been my dh he would have been off to a&e to have it removed from certain parts of his anatomy.

Shodawnofthedead Sun 13-Oct-13 17:48:22

DH, on our first Christmas together, bought a selection of gifts from a catalogue company- not quite Ann Summers, but not far off.

One item was a white all-in-one sort of... body thingy. It had four thin strips of material coming from the neck (two for the front, two for the back), joining at the waist, then two slightly broader strips of material (one front and back) which joined in a wide Velcro strip at the crotch. (Nicely placed to snag hairs, obvs)

Apparently he thought it would be useful for me to wear while doing karate training...

2kidsintow Netherlands Sun 13-Oct-13 17:22:57

Nope, Anna , def not present material.

My uncle is a legend in our family. Everyone came to ours for Christmas when I was younger. His main gift to my mum one year? A sack of potatoes. That he intended to eat while staying for fricking ever that Christmas grin

My worst present recently has been a pair of 2nd hand old lady slippers, 2 sizes too small. From DH's granny. Yes, they were hers but she'd been given some new ones...

A smoking baby ornament. From SIL. I hate smoking and I'd just had a baby. Hmmm.

marssparklesdownonme Fri 11-Oct-13 22:01:35

DH gave me a computer printer a couple of years ago. He couldn't understand why I was so upset. It was for his benefit, not mine.

AnnaBegins Fri 11-Oct-13 21:49:24

2kids, my DH just got me one of those car cameras for my birthday. I did want one but he wanted one more and it was not present material! Was my main present too sad

nickdrakeslovechild England Fri 11-Oct-13 21:45:23

I have 2, the first was a toilet brush and holder with the holder being a ceramic baby on a potty. And an really tight ex once got his sister to make me a hamper with some stuff she had in the house so I got a dusty basket badly wrapped in cling film with some dried up cracked soap in and half used bath salt cubes. My lovely DP got me an Ipad this year so my pick of men has got better thank god!

Upandover Fri 11-Oct-13 21:08:17

Oh and a charity goat when I was about 12 from a aunt

Upandover Fri 11-Oct-13 21:04:17

Marks and Spencer's chocolates marked as a free gift on the label ... A good few months out if date from my lovely step brother grin

notagiraffe Fri 11-Oct-13 20:18:23

Christmas after DTs were born, I'd lost all my baby weight and really wanted a warm but stylish coat as I spent hours outside with DC walking in parks etc. DH got me a poo-brown granny coat about 4 sizes too big. I tried really hard not to be upset but I cried. It was really expensive and he returned it but refused to let me have equivalent money to buy a new coat. (Maybe he'd got it from a discount place.)

My ex boyfriend gave me a candle that he had got for his sister one year. As in, he spent all of a fiver on a candle for his sister, who he then decided didn't deserve it because she had the brass neck (hmm) to be admitted to hospital for her eating disorder, and gave it to me instead. The present wasn't bad because of what it was, but because of the circumstances and his treatment of his poor sister.

My best crap present was a second hand floral apron/tea cosy/melamine tray set that DP's elderly great aunt gave us. As baffling as it was at the time, the apron has come in very handy, as has the tray.

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