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What's the Weirdest/Worst Gift You've Ever Received?

25 Terrible Holiday Gifts, From the Hilariously Strange to the Downright Rude

by Linda Sharps 

worst holiday giftsThe strangest holiday gift I have ever received was something my father sent me when I was in middle school. We hadn't seen each other since I was very young, and he'd apparently had my former age in mind when he picked out my present: a jigsaw puzzle, the sort with about 10 total pieces that's meant for preschoolers. Its art featured a baby duckling with the cheery accompanying text, "HAVE A DUCKY DAY."

I know it's gauche to complain about an object given out of generosity (usually) without the expectation of payment (most of the time), but the truth is, sometimes a present is just so weird/inappropriate/just-plain-WTF, you can't quite believe it. With the holidays right around the corner, I thought it was the perfect time to ask folks to share their most inexplicable gifts throughout the years.

Behold, 25 of the most oddball presents that have appeared under the family tree:

From an ex boyfriend: too small blue sundress to "match my eyes." My eyes are green. -- Daisy

A cookie jar filled with cookies, shipped from my [estranged] mother. It had melted into the shape of the bizarro jar during shipment: a giant blob of cookie. -- Melissa

My 88-year-old grandmother gave me a black lace thong that she bought at her HAIRDRESSER's from a lady selling them out of a bin-bag. -- MamaBean

From my husband's mother. Only gift she's EVER given either of us in the time we've been together, including wedding, his birthday, etc. It was a sort of gas station type gadget language translator, free gift from the casino, to both of us, from her AND her two adult kids. AFTER giving us Christmas lists for her and both kids, on which "cash" was a list item. -- TemerityJane

A re-gifted Lenox hurricane candle holder, minus the hurricane part. -- Katrina

A Spode Christmas tree sugar and creamer set. At $120. I was in college. -- Jessica

A giraffe travel toothbrush cover (yes) & a cloth (Vera Bradley) straight iron cover/carrier. Both from my mother. Same year. -- Claire

Fake key to my dream car from then-boyfriend. Went to the dealership to have it made and everything! -- Beth

A (now-ex) boyfriend’s parents gave me a workout video. -- Jen

Once my Gram gave all the adult guys in our family those CDs where your name gets inserted sporadically. They were football-themed. (Spoiler : They all won the big game!!) -- Sara

My in-laws gave me a collection of antique Alpine goat and sheep bells. -- Amy

In my eighth year of infertility, my husband's grandma gave me a "pregnancy fairy" to hang over my bed. And some tips on how to "do it." -- Tessa

My step-grandmother used to give her biological grandchildren money or gift cards every year, and me stuff from the dollar store with the tags on them. Like packages of pencils and holiday-themed tumblers and stuff. -- Tara

My grandmother always got us PJs for xmas ... usually all the grandkids got matching ones. The year I was 12, my sister was 19, and my cousin was 6, we all got horrible, pink, ruffly Holly Hobbie nightgowns. My sister & I got XL, which were clearly from the little girls' section because they were sized for an 8-year-old. There was also the year my parents, failing at any ideas for my husband, got him four Costco-sized jars of Jif. -- Kate

Google "shampoo cap." That's what my grandma gave me last Xmas. I'm 37 and not bedridden, FYI. -- Peep

Once an aunt gave me a cracked ceramic angel night light from TJ Maxx. I was in high school and was not afraid of the dark. -- Meredith

I got a bag of spice from my mother-in-law. Not fancy spices either. A gas station bag of cayenne pepper essentially. -- Leah

My aunt once gave me a book entitled, "How to Save Your Marriage." My other aunt gave me a Weight Watchers scale. -- Plain Jane

Last year my MIL got my husband (HER SON) salsa, crackers, and a box of Fiddle Faddle for Christmas. -- Lisa

My MIL gave me a gift that was clearly actually for my husband (think tools). Her way of giving me nothing. -- Brenna

BLAZE ORANGE ELMER FUDD HAT FROM MY MOTHER-IN-LAW. Sorry for the all caps, but BLAZE ORANGE ELMER FUDD HAT. -- Deb

My SIL gave me a Jar Jar Binks action figure and a Darth Maul softside lunchbox. When I was 25 years old. -- Fonticulus

One year my grandma gave my siblings & I each $20 except my sister who got a children's book on counting blessings. She was 15. -- Elsha

My grandmother gave me a tiny bow to tie to my "fluffy" to "surprise my husband" for Christmas. -- Maria

A riding saddle. No, I don't have a horse. -- Susan

What's the weirdest/worst gift you've ever received?

by on Dec. 17, 2013 at 11:44 AM
Replies (11-20):
MamaPeanut
by Kristy on Dec. 18, 2013 at 1:42 PM
Lol!! That's great!!

Quoting Simple-Beauty: Hahahahah! My grandma always buys me socks that are 5733 sizes too big. I use them to exfoliate my face, lmao.



Shawn has been telling me I'm getting a PS4 for Christmas for 3 weeks and I was actually starting to believe him (and it was pissing me off), until he asked me to help him move the hutch "because of feng shui". He got me a desk, it's getting delivered tomorrow morning.




Quoting MamaPeanut: My grandpa gave me a canister set when I was 18. (The kind for flour, sugar, etc.)


I lived in the dorms at college, lol.





I'm his defense, he was super old....





I re-gifted it to my boyfriend's mom and she loved it.
brysonsmommy_10
by Bronze Member on Dec. 18, 2013 at 1:49 PM
Some little shell-shaped baking pans (they fit in the palm of my hand) that were obviously well-used, the box was old and dis colored, and the yard sale sticker for $.50 was still on it.
yellow14
by Member on Dec. 18, 2013 at 2:01 PM
My mom wrapped up candy and gave it to me as a present lol
esox
by Bronze Member on Dec. 18, 2013 at 2:13 PM
A half eaten tin of my favorite candy from my mil.
A single clothes pin with a cat face drawn on it in pen from my grandma.
A can of Skoal chewing tobacco & a bottle of Jack Daniels from my SO. (I don't chew and at the time didn't drink whisky).
marleasmommy91
by Member on Dec. 18, 2013 at 2:19 PM

BUMP!

Krizzle01
by Member on Dec. 19, 2013 at 10:25 PM
That would be my mom lol

Quoting Serabeth06:

 Hahaha..Who gave them to you? That's terrible. lol


Quoting Krizzle01: One Christmas I got a box of granola bars and fiber one brownies -_-

 

Serabeth06
by Member on Dec. 20, 2013 at 5:46 AM

 Aww...That somehow makes it worse. lol If it was like, great grandma or something, you're just like, oh well, she's old. I can't honestly remember the last gift my mom gave me, though.

Quoting Krizzle01: That would be my mom lol

Quoting Serabeth06:

 Hahaha..Who gave them to you? That's terrible. lol


Quoting Krizzle01: One Christmas I got a box of granola bars and fiber one brownies -_-

 

 

Krizzle01
by Member on Dec. 21, 2013 at 12:03 AM
Ya it was bad lol

Quoting Serabeth06:

 Aww...That somehow makes it worse. lol If it was like, great grandma or something, you're just like, oh well, she's old. I can't honestly remember the last gift my mom gave me, though.


Quoting Krizzle01: That would be my mom lol


Quoting Serabeth06:

 Hahaha..Who gave them to you? That's terrible. lol



Quoting Krizzle01: One Christmas I got a box of granola bars and fiber one brownies -_-


 


 

AlwaysKISA
by Silver Member on Dec. 21, 2013 at 12:12 AM
Lmfao!!
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sissyboogs
by Member on Dec. 21, 2013 at 12:27 AM

Worst was when my MIL bought me pajamas that were seriously 3 sizes too big. She said she bought them a "little big" so they would fit by the time I gave birth (she wanted me to have them to wear at the hospital)....

Weirdest was this chicken toy that danced and played the chicken dance song (is that what it's called?). It was from my mom, but she bought it because when I was a kid she and I would stand on the front porch doing the chicken dance, lol. 

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