Worst wedding gifts ever

(183 Posts)
TaterTots Tue 25-Oct-16 23:52:20

Seeing the 'should we buy them a wedding gift?' got me thinking - what's the worst wedding gift you received (or have seen someone receive)?

My cousin and his first wife received a teapot in the shape of a thatched cottage, decorated with rose bushes, a pair of cutesy country children and, most bizarrely of all, geese. It was one of the most hideous things I've ever seen. I think it was from a distant relative of the bride - I honestly wondered if she'd offended them in some way. Who thinks a 20 year-old pregnant bride desperately needs a cottage-shaped fucking teapot?! It gave us all a good laugh at least.

(Disclaimer - any wedding gift is a wonderful gesture, it's the thought that counts, accept with a gracious smile blah blah blah)

NoMudNoLotus Tue 25-Oct-16 23:55:34

Nice thread hmm

teenmumandsowhat Wed 26-Oct-16 00:00:15

At my wedding to my extremely violent twat of an ex-husband. The
Best man tried to be "funny" and gave us a box of condoms in the middle of his speech... in front of all our family's... hmm
We at that time had a 6month old dd...

TaterTots Wed 26-Oct-16 00:01:22

Bloody hell - I thought I'd get at least one post before someone jumped on their high horse.

CointreauVersial Wed 26-Oct-16 00:08:42

The oddest wedding gift we were given was a two-ring portable electric hob (this sort of thing), which was from DH's uncle.

Not the worst present in the world, but very....odd. It's the sort of thing you'd use in a caravan, or if you lived in a student bedsit. I don't think it has ever come out of the box.

MyPeriodFeatures Wed 26-Oct-16 00:10:52

My husband sad

Onedaftmonkey Wed 26-Oct-16 00:12:49

An IOU from Bil. Wanker never did give us anything. A card would've sufficed.

Loaferloveforyou Wed 26-Oct-16 00:31:21

Periodfeatures sad

I'm not getting married for a while and plan to not have a gift list or a cutesy poem about how we live together so want money.

Whatever we get will be greatly received. The teapot you mentioned reminds me of what my old sadly departed nan used to have. I would greatly receive that to remind me of her, and to be honest anything we get will be kept as a momento of our day no matter how 'hideous' it is.

fairmac Wed 26-Oct-16 00:35:33

Really gaudy double bed sheet from someone who had a crush on my partner. Maybe she got a kick out of wondering what we would be doing on them? Or maybe it was a not-so-subtle message to him?? God knows but it did make me laugh!

user1477282676 Wed 26-Oct-16 00:37:36

Another person who thinks this is just an ugly thread. People give gifts out of affection. No need to laugh at them.

TaterTots Wed 26-Oct-16 01:07:12

It's only light-hearted. Nobody died.

user1477282676 Wed 26-Oct-16 01:08:24

Well nobody SAID anyone had died. Your logic is not logic...so claiming a mean thread is "Light hearted" is just bullshit. It's not light hearted because it has the potential to hurt.

TaterTots Wed 26-Oct-16 01:11:10

You could say that about any thread on here. People tell strangers they should leave their partners or cut off contact with family members - I'd say that has a damn sight more potential to hurt.

HeCantBeSerious Wed 26-Oct-16 01:12:39

A barometer. With bent hands. That didn't work. confused

CupcakesRule Wed 26-Oct-16 01:13:17

I get you OP! I know you mean no harm.
Let's face it we all get gifts that aren't our cup of tea that doesn't mean we don't appreciate the thought/time/money that has been spent.
Our was a random dodgy kinda dish thing. We didn't throw it until someone pointed out it was an olive dish with inbuilt cocktail stick holder since then it's been seen in a new light !!

pugsake Wed 26-Oct-16 01:14:28

Not hideous per se.

I got a knife set , I'd not long been out a psychiatric hospital.

My mam didn't look amused grin

I don't think it's a horrible thread. There's been a few rubbish Christmas presents ones lately.

LadyB49 Wed 26-Oct-16 01:23:10

Many years ago...... brushed nylon sheets, blankets and shiny nylon frilled throw and grilled pillow cases. All in Cadbury purple. It was high fashion at the time.

Sprink Wed 26-Oct-16 01:29:06

My brother and his bride received $10 from her grandparents. It wasn't a bad gift (as all gifts are to be appreciated, and cherished, obviously). It's just that they gave their other granddaughter (her sister) an all expenses paid honeymoon.

So yes, I thought of it as a "bad" wedding gift.

(No, the bride had done nothing wrong, and was very close to her grandparents. Everyone is still baffled, to be honest, but no one knows the reason why, as it would be hugely ungrateful to question the gift.)

Also, for my wedding, we received a single flannel from a bridesmaid. It wasn't "bad" (as all gifts are to be appreciated, and cherished, obviously), but it was certainly unique.

Nellynobbler Wed 26-Oct-16 01:37:40

Some people can be so mardy over these threads. Lighten up ffs.

We had a belter, my wealthy aunt went off-piste and gave us the most hideous yellow/blue and black polyester duvet set. We used it once. We also had some awful Delboy & Rodney style gold-rimmed glasses. I made a point though of sending out handwritten thank-yous to everyone - it's just plain good manners.

Bogeyface Wed 26-Oct-16 01:46:42

I dont remember getting any bad gifts tbh, although my aunt was determined to buy the biggest gift on the list, not the most expensive by any means, but certainly the one that looked the most impressive when it was wrapped up. She was most cross when dad told her that a friend of mine had already "bagsied" it! She is very much like that though, appearances are by far the most important thing to her and bigger is obviously better.

YouHadMeAtCake Wed 26-Oct-16 01:48:39

Several hideous photo frames. Not our taste at all. I would rather have had a toaster!

bojorojo Wed 26-Oct-16 01:56:28

Bed sets and duvet covers are a bit of a theme here. I tend to feel if someone gives you an utterly thoughtless gift, it rather does say they do not care that much about you - rather that they care more about themselves. My DHs friends bought us seconds wine glasses and proudly boasted how little they cost in the factory shop. My uncle and aunt gave us a mustard coloured pottery bowl with black transfers of coaches and horses on it. They said they wished to give us something from their antique shop. The transfers had run into the glaze so we suspected the bowl was not saleable and worth 50p in a junk store. When their children had married, my parents scrimped to give them the "Going rate" as agreed by the whole family. I am afraid to say I just could not write a thank you note for this - it was an insult to my mum as well as to me and it was certainly not a gift given with love but out of necessity and with no thought about the recipients at all.

chipmonkey Wed 26-Oct-16 02:00:03

Two statues of Mary and Jesus, each about 40cm in height. Given to us by acquaintances of my parents who didn't really know us!😁
The funny thing was that we put them up on a high shelf in the wardrobe and forgot about them. Didn't think of them again till 10 years later when we were moving house. We heard the guys we had hired to pack stuff into boxes guffawing in the bedroom and only realised later that we had also put on the same high shelf a book that my friends had given me as a joke on my hen night called "erotic sex positions" complete with illustrations! So the packers had found the book WITH the holy statues

Tezza1 Wed 26-Oct-16 04:33:52

The oddest wedding gift we were given was a two-ring portable electric hob
I have actually found those to be so incredibly useful e.g. if I want to cook something outside, for a barbie, or if I don't want to heat up the kitchen on hot days, or just for using if I have a lot of guests and I need another hotplate, or to keep things warm on a buffet. Although, I actually prefer the induction type ones.

howno Wed 26-Oct-16 06:51:54

My brother in law and sister in law showed up empty handed hmm

Who shows up to a wedding empty handed?

I know In MN land I'll be told I'm grabby but in real life I've never known anyone, apart from this pair of tossers, to do that.

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