Reddit user u/Jalb101222 recently asked r/AskReddit, What’s the worst Christmas present you have received? and lordddd, do I feel bad for some of these people. Here are some of the worst things people submitted:
Note: Obviously, not everyone can afford to get what they might want to get their relatives for the holidays, and that isn't something to shame! These submissions are focusing on gifts that were extremely strange, gifts that were completely thoughtless, or gifts that were good in theory but very bad in practice.
1. My mum is notorious for bad presents. ... One that stands out was a car crash kit. It had a disposable camera for recording the scene, a form for both parties to fill out, a tape measure for measuring...I don't know, stuff...and some chalk, for what I assume was for marking out where the dead bodies landed, or something."
2. "A set of miniature butter knives with ceramic fruit and vegetables as the handles. From an aunt who said that I was 'so hard to shop for.' I was 7."
4. "A Spam calendar. Twelve months of pictures of Spam. I was a 14-year-old girl. I didn’t know what to do with my face when I opened it."
6. "My grandpa was planning on giving me a tissue box with money in it (still not sure why). Anyway, he wrapped the wrong box and I opened a box of tissues on Christmas morning."
7. "One year I got what was actually a super cool present. My parents had worked for months putting together this awesome art kit. It was a big toolbox filled with good scissors, glue, paint. ... The problem was, every time they would go upstairs to add to it, they had a running joke where they would say, 'We're going upstairs to feed your present' or 'we need to take your present for a walk.' ... So, of course, on Christmas morning, instead of being a little kid who was stoked to get a huge box of art supplies, I was a little kid who was devastated that I didn't get a puppy."
8. "A ceramic jar for holding dog treats when I was 15, when we had JUST given him away. Miss you, Rascal."
9. "When I was 8 or 9, my grandma gave me a Christmas ornament. It was a little stuffed cherub with pink cheeks and yarn hair. I cried because I had saved up my allowance to buy it for her the year before."
10. "My husband's stepmother gave me, a 36-year-old at the time, a kindergarten-size backpack."
"When I opened it she said, 'I actually bought that for ____ (a child) a few years ago and she hated it, so I threw it in a closet and I saw it and thought you’d like it. None of us did. We all think it’s ugly.'"
11. "When I was 10 years old, my grandparents gave me an unwrapped suitcase for Christmas. In the interests of convenience, they used that suitcase for the wrapped presents for my sisters."
12. "My aunt. ... When I was 16: a vampire makeup kit. I had never mentioned anything about vampires. I was kind of your run-of-the-mill jock just worried about sports and friends."
13. "Been with my girlfriend for like 2–3 years now. ... For Christmas, I went over to my girlfriend’s home. ... Got a present from [her] aunt: ...a single rubber duck that had the bottom torn out. A note was stuffed in the opening, and on that note was the sentence, 'If you are reading this, you killed the birdie!' and a painted rock that was just painted black with the words 'best buds' on it."
"[Her] mom was the worst one, though. I got a nutcracker. I didn’t fully understand it at the time. But I finally got it when my girlfriend’s dad took me aside and said in a hushed tone, 'I’m sorry for the gift, but Tray has given that to [eldest daughter's] boyfriends as a threat.”
15. "An ex gave me an engagement ring for herself, on the idea that I would use it to propose to her. She also gave specific instructions on how and when I should do it, as well as stipulations that she would be the one planning our wedding."
"We had a terrible relationship and I had been planning on breaking up with her right after the holidays (which I did). I couldn't understand how she thought we were even close to being on the same page, and once it was all over I realized the obvious (and what everyone was trying to tell me for 3 years) — I was in an abusive relationship. Still, who the hell buys a ring for someone to give back to them? It's just bad gifting."
16. "My grandma bought me an ornament with the name Eric on it. My name is Morgan."
17. "Looking back, it wasn't a bad present, but when I got a pair of pants for Christmas when I was 6, I started crying and screamed out, 'You're supposed to get me these anyways!'"
18. "The year I gave my ex-husband a Tag Heuer watch, he gave me a $19.99 Walmart blender. We already had three blenders."
19. "I participated in a voluntary office Christmas exchange in 2012 with a $30 limit. My gift was a CD-R of the giver's favorite album. I was less than enthused, but nonetheless slid the disc into my car to check it out only to find out that it was blank. The person had written the band name/album title on the disc, but forgot to actually burn a copy."
20. "Every year my aunt gives our family 'Thrift Santa' gifts. ... from thrift stores. The thing is, nothing relates to anything. The worst I’ve gotten are among a Kama Sutra book when I was 13/14 (awkward), and a New York Yankees baby onesie. I don’t have kids; I don’t watch baseball."
21. "My ex-wife bought me snowshoes for Christmas the last year we were together, after multiple discussions about the fact that I was not interested in going snowshoeing with her and her friends."
22. "A bottle of raccoon urine. Not joking. A completely sealed, brand-new bottle of raccoon urine."
23. "First married Christmas, my brother-in-law gave me a fake cat turd with kitty litter and all. Welcome to the family!"
24. "When I was 18 my grandma gave me the card label from a gift card (no actual gift card) shoved into an empty toilet paper tube and wrapped like a gift. All of my siblings got actual gift cards. Grandma never liked me much."
25. "My brother’s ex gave me a boyfriend pillow and a stepper one Christmas. Bit of a slap in the face with that combo."
26. "My great grandma gave my cousin a jock strap from Goodwill. ... He started crying. He was 9."
27. "Grandma used to load the cousins with gifts. While my siblings and I...cheap afterthoughts would be an understatement. Well, we are all about 17–18 and fed up with it. So what do we get grandma? The cheapest fleece blanket from Walmart we can find. I think it was $5 on sale for $3. ... So Christmas rolls around, and we all have one present apiece from grandma, we open them in unison. It’s the SAME bargain fleece blanket we got her."
"We all start laughing. ... We tell grandma, 'Open your present!' She opens it and is CLEARLY disappointed, BUT she can’t say anything because she got us the same exact blankets for our presents. So we all are like, 'Oh grandma, great minds think alike!' ... That was the last year we got presents from her. ... Totally worth it."
28. And finally, one that's so sad, you just have to laugh... "Instead of received, I’ll switch to gave. I bought my whole family tickets to see James Brown live. Literally within minutes of them opening their presents it was announced on the news Christmas morning that James Brown died."
Submissions have been edited for length/clarity.