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What was the worst gift you've ever received? (My ex gave me a step stool for Christmas, because I'm so short. Wasn't funny.)

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Jelly of the Month Club membership instead of a Christmas bonus.

That's from a movie

@Redcupcoffee Yup.


A leather bound fricking Bible!!! Although the pages do make great rolling paper!!!

I've been gifted a bible too, it was weird. I donated it to Goodwill.


Probably 2 STDs from the ex. Beginning of the end...

Oh my

Damn . That's harsh

Here for community...

Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday....the gift that keeps on giving.

@Redcupcoffee. The Doc gave me the best gift - 2 courses of antibiotics and "Congratulations, you are pregnant". She is 19 now.


My second husband's two sisters gave me peanut brittle for Christmas, every
year we while were married.

I have a severe peanut allergy.

KKGator Level 9 Aug 31, 2018

That was a bitchy thing to do

Did they know? Seems like a hint if they did.

@Countrywoman Oh yeah, they knew. They claimed it was "just a joke", but their mother didn't think so. She always told me that I treated her better than they did. She wasn't lying.

That is some nerve. I would have given them packages that would explode on opening. Black ink? Oops.

@Paracosm Sometimes, it's just better to take the high road. I really loved my mother-in-law, and getting into a "feud" with her daughters would have only served to make her feel bad. I will admit that I often fantasized about getting even with them though.

Pardon me for laughing, but this is the worst! OMG, the nerve of these bitches! How rude and insensitive. Curious what did you give them in return?

@Redcupcoffee It's okay to laugh. In retrospect, it was funny. At the time, not so much. They were both fairly rude and insensitive, and were constantly trying to start trouble. It's been a while, and I can't remember exactly what they were given, but it was always something nice, and appropriate. Like I said before, I really loved my mother-in-law, and I wouldn't have done anything to hurt her. Putting up with her evil daughters was something I did to make HER life easier. I still miss her all the time.


Sexy extra large flannel pj's.

I'm not a fucking extra large.

Are flannel pj’s ever sexy ? Just asking

@MereMortal Nope

@MereMortal, @jc2018 I can make it happen, if I'm not swimming in them.

@Donotbelieve ok I guess

@minhmeister I didn't say who they were from.

@jc2018 Is it difficult to imagine that I could make flannel pj's sexy? smile003.gif

You should see me in a bathrobe! Hubba hubba. smile007.gif

@minhmeister Yikes.

We stopped giving gifts. It's a hideous, plaid weight lifted from our shoulders.

Yea, I always refrain from buying clothes for someone, it's always touchy.

@Redcupcoffee smart


I would love it if someone got my short ass a stool.

Right? I've got so many light bulbs that need to be changed and I can't reach them.

@Minta79 Oh, yeah. I guess that kind of stool would be useful too.

No, a step ladder isn't romantic or sentimental. No one wants literal gifts. At least I don't


My ex-MIL gave me a box of rocks for Christmas one year. It was a hot stone massage kit, but I'm not a big fan of the receiving massages... So the gift was a box of rocks to use to give her son massages? That's a gift for him, and it's still a box of rocks.

Minta79 Level 7 Aug 31, 2018

That's weird.

@Redcupcoffee Right?


My ex-MIL somehow got it in her head that because I'm from Oregon I was a "country girl." That meant sending me some version of a moose and plaid for every birthday and holiday that I was married to my ex and she expected me to display all these items in my home.

Paracosm Level 8 Aug 31, 2018

That is awful ... just saying

Ex....ex...ex! Glad you moved on.


A wedding ring, we had been married for 11 years and I never had one. Two months later she divorced me

Did you pawn it?

@Redcupcoffee 4 sure


One of my cats brought me a baby rabbit - missing its head (of course) and some of its entrails. The cat was actually quite pleased with himself for dropping this little gift on my - not so much. smile003.gif

Lavergne Level 7 Sep 1, 2018

Showing you love in the oddest ways


I can't remember ever getting a bad gift. Whether it was a lump of steel, a broken spring, or a half dead plant. Anything ever given was offered with the best intentions.


An excuse. Got one of them pretty much every year from the ex.

What excuse did you ex give you in lieu of a gift?

@Redcupcoffee variations upon the theme of 'I've been busy'.

@MrBeelzeebubbles I don’t even have to wonder why it failed. Yikes


Jumper cables for Christmas. Like who could live in this dogforsaken winter hell and not already have a dozen of those.

Chocolate sprinkles. My aunts from the Netherlands always brought over chocolate sprinkles as gifts. I guess Dutch chocolate sprinkles are special but really it’s all junk ingredients except in a foreign language.

graceylou Level 8 Aug 31, 2018

Jumper cables? Damn that's weird.


While I was in the hospital my husband brought me a bowling ball with my name embedded in it. I thought it was pretty strange but he was not the type to ever bring flowers.

Sheannutt Level 9 Aug 31, 2018

What the hell kind of husband can bring himself to give his wife flower while she's in the hospital? This chaps my hyde


For my birthday, my boyfriend took me to the Pendleton Woolen Mill in Oregon. Willy picked out a pattern and plaid fabric for me to sew him a shirt.

I was appalled. When I left Willy three years later, the unused fabric and pattern were still in his trunk.

That's so narcissistic its funny

Are you frigging kidding me? OMG, horrifying.


When I was 7 my parents bought me one of those stupid child leashes 'for my birthday' (wrapped it and everything) and the next day I went outside while they were sleeping in and 'played' with it on the deck (mostly just attached it to a railing and tested elasticity and full stretch length or whatever) and 'accidentally' snapped the line.


geist171 Level 6 Aug 31, 2018

Mothers Day 2008 or 2009. I had let my ex know I wanted a flower bed built in the back yard. My ex has a Xian Hymnal website. That year he wrote an Easter hymn. He used music from another hymn and wrote new words. Nothing about mothers or love or children. He dedicated that hymn to me on his website. When I opened the envelope and read the words and the dedication I almost barfed. He should not have quit his day job and I hate poetry anyway. I said "thank you." and changed the subject. In our divorce I specified that my name had to be taken off his website. Gag me, freaking gag me. I filed for divorce a few months later


@Byrdsfan IKR!

I'm glad I'm not the only one here who can't abide poetry.


"You gave me dirt!" Tony protested for years. He had a point.

Tony, my brother-in-law, loved gardening and had just bought a house. I'm a gardener, too.

For Tony's Christmas present, my husband and I excitedly assembled three large, decorative, clay pots, a gift card for Home Depot, Miracle Grow fertilizer, and a large bag of potting soil.

Now see - a gift like that would have made me positively ecstatic! I love giving (and getting) gift baskets full of things that are actually meaningful and show the giver really knows and cares about you.


Thank you for your kind reply. Tony brought it up every Christmas to needle us. Terry and I cringed.

Since Terry and Tony grew up Catholic, guilt and shaming never stopped.


We used to have someone in our extended family that would give people cans of soup.

Done up with nice wrapping mind you.

He thought it was funny ...

Umbral Level 8 Sep 1, 2018

Boarders on gag territory


For Christmas or by birthday, I can't remember which, from my sister I got her used panties. They were wrapped up in a box with tissue paper like they were new, and they were too big. That took frugality too far.

Was this a gag gift? Where did you find used panties?

@Redcupcoffee They were her cast offs and not a gag gift. By "I got her", I mean that I received her panties as a gift.

@Stephanie99 This is by far the weirdest story I’ve ever heard. Big ew factor here.


My husband at the time gave me a short flanell gown adorned by two fuzzy balls that hung from the neck!

Sounds more like a request.


Thought you'd appreciate this given your worst gift ever.It's where my normally heighted (is that a word?) colleagues put the step stool in our school storage closet.

That's fucked up.

@Minta79 right?



Scratch off lottery tickets. Someone actually gave me scratch off lottery tickets. And I won another lottery ticket and that was it.

JDRay Level 5 Aug 31, 2018

That's actually not a bad gift at all. I mean, what if you really win!


My very cheap mother gave me an iron she got free from the bank. A gift for opening an account. This happened after she asked me if I needed an iron and I said no. Lol.

IAmLove Level 7 Aug 31, 2018

Cheap people are the worst. I dated a guy who use to save all the movie popcorn and put it in his freezer for later. Frugal is different, sure you shop at thrift stores or regift, like your mother did, but always augment it.


Frozen Short Ribs

Well, it is food.

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