It’s happened to all of us. We excitedly pull the paper off a gift, open up the box to reveal the contents, and think, “Really?” Though most gifts are well-intentioned and I am not for a minute promoting ungratefulness, let’s face it, some miss the mark, and others can be downright comical.
I asked my email subscribers (if you’re not a subscriber yet, sign up!):
What was the worst gift you ever received?
Here are some of their answers:
“My mom has a habit of buying me earrings from her travels. They are usually pretty awful. One was a pair made from some kind of animal poop. After 40 years, you would think she would know what taste I might have (or not). She did nail it this year, though. I loved them and didn’t have to figure out who to re-gift them to.” -Emily M.
“Ugh, such a weird thing, but my grandparents used to travel all over the US in a motor home, and my grandma would always get us cheapie little souvenirs from the shops, which was actually pretty exciting (yay presents!) and awesome to know she was thinking of us, but I have an unconventionally spelled normal-ish girl’s name and she would always buy me personalized gifts with my name spelled wrong! Gah! Just skip it and get me extra taffy, for Pete’s sake!!” -Cheryll P.
“This is a tough one for me because I’m a huge believer in its the thought that counts. There is one specific gift that comes to mind, for Christmas my aunt got me a little basket with a little cat curled up in it. I’m NOT a cat person and it was a kid’s toy… I was 17. I was polite and thanked her very much, but that’s probably the only gift I can remember thinking, ‘You’re kidding me, right?'” -Anonymous
“Way back when we were engaged, my husband brought me marmalade from Georgia. Marmalade.” -Anonymous
So what was the worst gift you ever received? Tell me in the comments or join the conversation on Facebook.
Update: The comment thread on Facebook was too good to let it get lost on the page. You’ve GOT to read some of these answers. Hilarious!