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Worst secret santa gift you've received?
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buddhasbelly · 02/12/2021 11:02

Mine was gin infused chocolates, when the whole office knows I'm a recovering alcoholic.

Please tell me your worst secret santa gifts you've received?

My office pal got the chocolates 😂

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Siouxtse1 · 02/12/2021 12:24

Wasn't a Secret Santa, but a gift from a colleague and his wife- a pair of pink, tie side knickers emblazoned with "So many men, so few who can afford me!".

I had a steady boyfriend and was not massively flirty/ materialistic. I was a bit gobsmacked....

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NorthernTights · 02/12/2021 12:27

Mine was actually a lovely present, a nice cheese selection, BUT they forgot to tell me to put it in the fridge. We worked shifts so didn’t open them in front of everyone. So off I went home, popped it under the tree, then spent the next 3 days wondering what that godawful smell was!

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VitalsStable · 02/12/2021 12:34

Cheese board. I'm lactose intolerant 🤷🏻‍♀️

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sofakingcool · 02/12/2021 12:42

I hate secret Santa's. If you know me well, then great, but if not I'm a tee total, nut allergic vegetarian which makes receiving generic SS gifts - bottle of wine, box of chocs etc - quite tricky. I always have to practice my very grateful face. I am very grateful, but always feel embarrassed for the person who's bought something I can't use.

If you know me well, you'll know I'm actually quite easy to buy for and love lots of things!

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romdowa · 02/12/2021 13:05

Cheap granny pjs that didn't even fit. They were bloody awful . Everyone else got amazing thoughtful gifts and it was clear my secret santa put about 2 seconds thought into mine. I was so upset.

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SpookyScarySkeletons · 02/12/2021 13:23

The free, awful patterned makeup bag from Avon that you got if you had spent x amount. She had even taken all of the samples out that came with it.

Miserly bitch.

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Minorissue · 02/12/2021 13:24

Nipple tassles. Not a very PC office and it was an unwritten rule that the gifts should be embarrassing, sexual or offensive. Glad to be out of there.

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Stompythedinosaur · 02/12/2021 13:25

My worst was when I got nothing. Everyone in the office felt awkward about it so they timed the lovely xmassy get together for when I was in a meeting so I completely missed it. I was very passed off! I got a cheap candle in January left on my desk.

It was an oversight from a colleague I know well, I just wished it had been handled differently, as I didn't get to see my gift opened.

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buddhasbelly · 02/12/2021 13:31

There are so many nipple tassle, edible underwear gifts...

The grow your own boyfriend one is particularly shite though.

Working from home and not doing the whole secret santa has been great in my opinion

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starfishmummy · 02/12/2021 13:57

Names were given out. The organiser told me my recipient (who was a good friend of hers) would be on leave on the opening day so to make sure I got his gift early. I did.
However I was also not in on the opening day due to my working pattern and would then not be in until after Christmas, which I also told the organiser. Guess it wasn't passed on or was ignored. My gift was one of those foodie packs that was out of date by the time I got it!!

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senorafridgidaire · 02/12/2021 13:57

Not me but the worst I've ever seen was a Santa themed tiny bra and g string set (red with white fluffy trim) given to a young Muslim girl who was very religious and still lived at home with her parents. Poor girl didn't know where to put herself and all the middle aged men in the team thought it was hilarious. Noone fessed up but a few of us were pretty sure we knew who it was.

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GiveMyHeadPeaceffs · 02/12/2021 14:04

@TooMuchPaper yip mine was in '90s too. Definitely don't think it would be ok now, I'd certainly not find it funny.

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BlowDryRat · 02/12/2021 14:06

The year the person who got me in the SS forgot to buy me a present. I was a newly single mum and it was the only present I was going to get. I quietly excused myself and had a good cry.

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AlfonsoTheUnrepentant · 02/12/2021 14:07

@awmum2b

I got given a child's toy trumpet with a note that said "since you like to blow your own trumpet"....I don't and had in fact just lost out on a promotion because apparently everything at interview was "we did this" and should have been "I did this"...was still a bit raw and the present was pretty hurtful!

Following year was a grow your own boyfriend

Think it was Jenga the year after (which i do still have!)

Not the best secret santa experiences and thankfully new job don't do it.

O_O. Oh, my. Those first two gifts were awful.
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Nc123 · 02/12/2021 14:13

Mine have always been pretty inoffensive, but a couple of years ago the new lady on my team was given edible knickers and was really embarrassed. There’s always some dickhead that has to try and spoil it, isn’t there? To make matters worse she was a very active outgoing person with lots of interests who would have been easy to buy a nice present for.

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nitsandwormsdodger · 02/12/2021 14:14

I thought I’d given a fun useful gift to the IT TECH guy I hardly know
It was a bottle that looked like vitamins but were actually a set of mini highlighters, I thought useful for his desk and quirky but he was offended that I thought he was ill and needed vitamins he did not hide his confusion and offence even after I explained what they were...😫

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Inertia · 02/12/2021 14:14

Coffee.

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MelonTits · 02/12/2021 14:17

A Family Guy DVD and a pair of Claire’s Accessories earrings (I don’t wear them)

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CarrieMoonbeams · 02/12/2021 14:23

A nodding South Park thing for the rear parcel shelf of a car. I didn't have a car and have never watched an episode of South Park in my life.

My friend is a recovering alcoholic (which was well-known in the team) and someone gave her a bottle of red wine.

We swapped gifts.

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Worldgonecrazy · 02/12/2021 14:35

I once bought a ‘don’t speak to me until my third coffee’ mug. The recipient burst into tears and told the office manager she felt bullied by the gift.

I was also recipient of B&H which I had gifted to someone I didn’t like the previous year. What goes around ….

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Chunkymenrock · 02/12/2021 14:41

Chocolate penises. I don't find things like that remotely 'hilarious' and I expect the chocolate was vile. Got dumped in a bin. Such a disgusting waste of £5. 5 large £1 bars of Aero/Milky Bar/Dairy Crunch etc would have been infinitely better.

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SpiderinaWingMirror · 02/12/2021 14:47

It was a near miss but so inept.
Team Leader was clueless. She thought I was Laura, but I am Louise. She bought a gift and wrote Laura on it. Apparently it was a candle of a womans vvvv large breasts. I am blessed with norkage but in no way did the team give each other such gifts. Laura has gone off on leave and took the gift with her to out under her parents tree.Laura was flat chested and sensitive about it....

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Freshprincess · 02/12/2021 14:50

Chocolate body paint.
I was early 20s, had only been there for about a month, and the giver was old enough to be my Dad. The office manager took it off me and chucked it in the bin when he wasn’t looking.

My best was a black beaded necklace I still wear at Christmas many years later.

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BashfulClam · 02/12/2021 14:58

I got nothing then the next day our ops manager slung a bottle of perfume on my desk. Way over the budget.

I got stuff that had obviously been picked up from the shop in the train station with no thought at all to what I’d like. The girl who bought it sat next to me and tried to justify each bit of crap. Whereas other team members got jewellery (budget was £10 do it was from Superdrug but still nice, purses, gift cards…) last one I was in was rubbish as well. I am really conscious of buying dove thing nice and thoughtful. I got really awful cheap make up brushes. We were a close team but this just showed no thought since I don’t really wear makeup to work, i felt let down as they were unusable. I am opting out on environmental grounds from now on.

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Stormyinacoffeemug · 02/12/2021 15:01

£10 gift limit. I got a single candle from poundland.

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