The Best Worst Gifts Ever Received

nothing could top these bad gifts

Gifting is one of the most anticipated parts of the holidays. There’s the excitement that comes when you know you’ve found the perfect gift for someone. You feel giddy and beam with pride; you give them hints about what it could possibly be and almost ruin the surprise (a few times), right?

But then there’s receiving. It’s not always a treat. You remember those times when your husband didn’t quite stick to the list, or that friend who re-gifted what you gave them last year? Or maybe you had that relative who is just a tad strange, so their gift was equally strange. Do they realize that the gift is just downright bad? We asked our readers what some of the best worst gifts they’ve ever received were and based on some of the gifts below, we think the answer is a resounding “no.”

10. A Dollar Tree eye mask

We have so many questions here. Does this imply that the recipient looks tired or exhausted and needs an eye mask? But not enough to buy one that’s worth more than $1? Is it an insult, veiled as a compliment? “Sugar, you look terrible. But not that terrible.”

9. A used towel

This wins the award for Most Lazy. It screams, “I completely forgot about gifts; so I’m going to run through my home and just grab something, anything!”

8. Halloween candy

If you’re going to give sweets as a gift, is it really that hard to go out and buy fresh candy?

7. A re-gifted Macy’s gift card

How did they know it was re-gifted? It said it had $25, but it only had $13.81.

6. A used, dirty baby bib

It’s one thing to give pre-loved baby items to a new mom who may not want to go out and buy those things (when others already have them and not need them). It’s an entirely different thing for it to be dirty.

5. A toilet basketball kit

Again, there are so many questions. Where does the basketball part come into play? Do you shoot free throws while doing your business? Or does the basketball go into the porcelain bowl? Does the person who gave you this think you’re a 9-year-old boy?

4. Romance novels. For a 15- to 16-year-old girl. From an uncle.

Why are uncles the people who tend to give some of the creepiest gifts? Someone needs to hold an intervention.

3. “I’m deathly allergic to pecans…and multiple years my in-laws have given me pralines from New Orleans. Is it a hint? We’ve been [married] over 20 years.”

Girl, that’s more than a hint.

2. A swing, and not the kind for kids

Excuse me while we roll on the floor laughing for 20 minutes.

And last, but certainly not least, the best of the best worst gifts ever received is…

1. “My husband’s creepy uncle made me a photo book with only photos of me.”

(Again with the uncles.) Honey, run.


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