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What's the worst gift you've ever gotten?

 
 
Mame
 
Reply Wed 24 May, 2006 03:11 pm
Gee, how about a $2 plastic bottle of bubblebath with a plastic flower in it?

Or a 5 foot wide metal scuplture clock that won't fit on any wall in your house and doesn't go with your decor?

Or hurricane lamps that are uneven on the bottom and wobble around and crack when they fall into the lit candle?

Or a framed picture of the giver?

Yes, I have been the recipient of these and other equally tasteless gifts.

What about you?
 
tin sword arthur
 
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Reply Wed 24 May, 2006 03:13 pm
My Grandmother once gave me a 12 pack of toilet paper for Christmas. That was a grand day, I can tell you.
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najmelliw
 
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Reply Wed 24 May, 2006 03:13 pm
I immediately had to think about friends and Joey, who handed out a certificate of one hour of guaranteed Joey love. And a pen, that was also a clock.

Try to top those.

Naj.
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Linkat
 
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Reply Wed 24 May, 2006 03:15 pm
How about receiving a check from sweet auntie for your wedding gift. You deposit it and it bounces with a big red stamp - DO NOT REDEPOSIT and a nice little fee for the bounced check.

At least you received something - this "gift" cost us.
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Mame
 
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Reply Wed 24 May, 2006 03:19 pm
lol, Linkat Smile Not nice!
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Linkat
 
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Reply Wed 24 May, 2006 03:20 pm
Also after my wedding while I was opening my gifts - we came across an interesting one. It had a card attached address to us and signed by the thoughtful gift givers. After unwrapping it, the box seemed strange. It was ripped in a strange place - not where any tape had been attached. I opened up the box and lucky us - there was another little envelope with a card inside. It said "Congratulations Jane and John!" and there was a nice vase inside. Odd though - we are not Jane and John - the gift givers are Jane and John and had just been married themselves a couple of months ago.
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Wed 24 May, 2006 03:21 pm
My EX mil once got me a garbage pail for Mother's Day!
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Mame
 
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Reply Wed 24 May, 2006 03:23 pm
Oh, that's called regifting and I do it all the time (not with the cheapo things, though!) - but never with the original cards attached Smile You have to make it look like you bought it - heh heh

We usually have one or two big barbecues/parties where we invite my husband's graduate students and at these we tend to give away all the kerap we received throughout the year - we call them Door Prizes Smile
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Linkat
 
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Reply Wed 24 May, 2006 03:28 pm
I think in certain circumstances that re-gifting is acceptable - a door prize is acceptable as you are not necessarily directing towards a particular person and also this is a barbacue is not necessarily a "gift giving" occassion so it is like a bonus. Also, perhaps an office grab where gag type gifts are acceptable and it is not personal.

But a wedding! To me that shows little consideration for the couple. Especially where we traveled across country for their wedding and bought them $100 gift from their registery (in other words something they wanted). (and they are not a couple that cannot afford it).

I would prefer to not receive a gift than to get some one else's leftover junk.
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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Wed 24 May, 2006 03:32 pm
I once got a nicely wrapped package from a client. Inside was a huge, round handbag. The material seemed like black lacquered plastic, and on the front of the bag was an equally huge plastic clock in white with black numbers.

"Someone sure must hate you" was the sentiment of the office staff. I agreed Mr. Green
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Wed 24 May, 2006 03:33 pm
It is really a matter of judgement. I would not give crap to anyone. (That leaves out the stuff that I get from my sister-in-law. Everything that she has ever given me looks like she bought it at a carnival. Her stuff ends up on the top shelf of a closet.)

For instance, let's say that I got something that was nice, but either it didn't fit, or the color was not right for me. Or if it is a household item, something that I already have, or something that does not "go" in my house.

I see no problem with giving that gift to another person..........................if I think that she would like it.
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Mame
 
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Reply Wed 24 May, 2006 03:36 pm
I agree... one man's junk may be another man's treasure. As long as it's not engraved and you remove the card!

I've gotten lots of things that I would never use - potpourri-filled containers, candles with ornate glass holders and froth around the edges, mirrors that have to be hung up, ornaments, etc... I say, pass them along to someone who'd appreciate them.

Don't think I'd do that with the toilet paper, though...
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Wed 24 May, 2006 03:39 pm
Quote:
Don't think I'd do that with the toilet paper, though...


You have to admit that it is a practical gift, and and is useful to anyone! Laughing
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Linkat
 
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Reply Wed 24 May, 2006 03:41 pm
Yes - Phoenix - if that person would like it - I have done that before. However, I have never given it to them in the context of a present for a certain occassion. I have given this to say a friend or family member that I thought could use it or would like it. I also tell them I received this as a gift unfortunately it doesn't go with my decor - I thought it might go with yours, if you can use it - it yours. Along those lines.

I never wrap up a gift and then try to pass it on as a wedding, birthday, anniversary, Christmas, etc. I always let the person know that I received it from some else.

That can also help prevent the gift giver from ever seeing it in some one else's possession.
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Linkat
 
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Reply Wed 24 May, 2006 03:42 pm
Some people may not have liked this gift but I loved it. At my baby shower some one gave me a huge box of diapers - you know how expensive diapers are - and you know you will get use out of them.
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Wed 24 May, 2006 03:57 pm
I think that diapers are a GREAT gift for a baby shower, and is always useful. I remember when my son was born. My girlfriend gave me an adorable summer outfit for him, that must have set her back some cash. The outfit was too big for him during his first summer, and too small for the 2nd. It was a pity. I just had to give it away to Goodwill.
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Mame
 
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Reply Wed 24 May, 2006 04:12 pm
What???? You didn't regift it?? lol
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Shapeless
 
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Reply Wed 24 May, 2006 04:14 pm
I once got an assortment of tupperware for my birthday. At the time it was hard to swallow--a block of ice would have been more a more personal gift than that--but I have to admit that it's the most *useful* thing I've gotten as a gift. I still use the tupperware... the same can't be said for any number of articles of clothing or cute but useless trinkets I've gotten over the years.
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tin sword arthur
 
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Reply Wed 24 May, 2006 04:16 pm
Phoenix32890 wrote:
Quote:
Don't think I'd do that with the toilet paper, though...


You have to admit that it is a practical gift, and and is useful to anyone! Laughing

I'm glad my toilet paper makes you happy. Let me know what your address is when Christmas comes around, and I'll ship you a pack. :wink:
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Wed 24 May, 2006 06:46 pm
Itchy, flesh-coloured, sparkly leg-warmers.

Twisted Evil
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