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19 People Who Got The Worst Secret Santa Gifts In History

Because misery loves company.

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We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about the worst Secret Santa gifts they've ever gotten. Here are some of the funniest responses:

1. Kindergarten arts and crafts make terrible gifts when the person gifting them isn't a kindergartner.

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"In high school, I got a homemade angel pin made of uncooked pasta. Just like the kind you make in kindergarten class." —Victoria Ashley, Facebook

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3. Important rule to follow: Find out if the person you get likes sports before giving them a sport-specific gift.

5. Sometimes you have to pay for other people's mistakes, literally.

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"A $20 gift card. Went to use it and the cashier said there was nothing on it. I ended up paying for my own gift." —pyterre

6. Someone got a shitty gift card and a valuable life lesson.

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"I was 18 or 19, working as a telemarketer, never heard of Secret Santa, so I was hyped up and so excited. I got my person an awesome gift based on their interests and then it was my turn to open my gift and it was a $5 gift card to the mall. That's it. The guy that got me the gift told me his girlfriend wouldn't let him buy me a better gift. It was good though, because I learned a valuable lesson about not dating an asshole who is jealous of a co-worker that you haven't spoken to outside of work." —Katyna Singleton, Facebook

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8. Just a thought: Don't give something that is borderline insulting to the person receiving it.

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"Someone once gave me napkins because they noticed I was a messy eater." —mattys417b8c128

9. A bunch of random things thrown together don't exactly equal a gift basket.

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"One year we had a Secret Santa in my orchestra class and I got three dead batteries, a pack of gum, a ziplock baggie of rainbow thumbtacks, and a bottle of water." —livmarie

10. If you forget you have to bring a gift, don’t try to make up for it last minute — people will notice.

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"Last year I got a ziplock bag of Epsom salt. Like…not even an unopened package. A sandwich bag full of Epsom salt." —mollyr482eae262

11. Never get your hopes up.

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“I waited and waited, but I got nothing so I was really upset. Eventually, the girl that had me comes up and says, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m so sorry. I completely forgot to bring your gift but I’ll bring it tomorrow — it’s from Thailand, I’m sure you’ll like it.’ So of course I’m thinking something cool, especially since it’s from Thailand, but I was so wrong. The next day, she comes up to me and whips out a NAIL CLIPPER and it wasn’t even cool — it was just a regular nail clipper that said 'made in Thailand' on the bottom.” —gabyj48388ac98

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12. Double check what your gift actually is before showing it off to your friends.

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"A butt plug. Thought it was a wine stopper at first. Then I realized I was standing in the middle of a circle of 25 people holding a butt plug in the air." —Brittani Morgan

13. If you're not happy with your gift, just pretend.

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"I was the lucky recipient of a dirty cupcake stand. Cupcakes were not included. The person who brought it was super offended that I was so blatantly displeased. She loudly announced that it was from her daughter's wedding (that none of us were invited to) in July. Which means that the crusted-on frosting is at least five months old." —fionam4f19bfc6b

16. Creepy guys will give you creepy gifts.

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"One year we did a Secret Santa at my work Christmas party and I got a battery-operated earwax cleaner from the creepiest guy at the office." —m43b0c0385

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17. Some people's idea of a great gift can be very different from your idea of a great gift.

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"A green tinsel wig and those twisted pastel marshmallow ropes. My Secret Santa was VERY excited to reveal herself, too." —beddi

18. Garlic powder is a delicious condiment, but a terrible gift.

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"In 8th grade, my lunch table did Secret Santa. This one girl was grounded and her mom wouldn’t let her buy anything. She gave me a bag of garlic powder in an empty tissue box." —noraisintol

Some responses have been lightly edited and condensed for clarity.

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