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Best and worst holiday gifts
Wed, December 15, 2010

OK, we're supposed to be grateful for any gift...but some duds are so out of left field - or worse - insulting that they would be better left un-given.

That said, some presents are so thoughtful, or freakin' neat, they can actually improve your opinion of the giver.

Some of the greatest gifts we've heard of:

Perfume: from a then-boyfriend, who had spotted the recipient smelling the fragrance at a beauty counter months beforehand.

Travel money: a couple hundred dollars in Euros from grandparents before the recipient moved to Europe for six months.

Night alone: instead of exchanging presents, the couple stayed at a luxe hotel for a night of romance.

And the worst:

Nightie: a size XL for a person who was definitely a small or medium (even after gaining the "Freshman 15" that fall).

Shot-glass chess board: the receiver didn't drink much and he was never a frat boy.

Giant technicolour portrait of Jesus: the receiver didn’t know what to do with "Disco Jesus" because she didn't want to hang it in her apartment, but was afraid her grandmother (the giver) would ask why it wasn't on display.

Used bowl: one young married couple was given an obviously used party dish from the husband's great-uncle and his wife.

Check out these best and worst gift memories from readers and share your own, it may included it in an upcoming feature.


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Last year my mom-in-law kept my 2 yr old and my husband and I went to visit frdines in Athens, GA for the night. We were lucky enough to get a room at an awesome Bed and Breakfast (Ashford Manor) and had a great time playing pool, eating dinner, and catching up with everyone!This year we went away for a night again. It's about the only time we get to be alone now that we have 2 little ones! :) We got a hotel in Atlanta with a hot tub. It was so relaxing... we ended up sleeping most of the time. lol!
Rosie, 2012-08-22 15:42:14

A set of playing cards with a picture of Jesus on them.... I dont play cards and I am the worlds worst catholic.
Chris, 2011-11-30 15:51:14

Worst gift I ever gave was to my brother when I was ten, I gave him one of my dinky cars. And after we finished unwrapping presents i took it back.
JJD, 2011-11-30 14:11:33

1) A freind of my wife's family gave us a coffee/tea set when we married with dried coffee stains in it.

2) Grade 6 Kris Kringle, I received a book from our school library .
John, 2011-11-30 12:44:50

A co-worker gave me a piece of the ugliest pink Christmas tree fabric. The fabric obviously had been sitting for a long time as there was dirt marks on the folds.
Linda, 2011-11-30 11:29:46

one year for a stocking stuffer, my brother gave me a spray can of F.D.S. (feminine deodourant spray)- thinking it was a popular perfume.
christine, 2011-11-30 11:28:58

My Mother had a cracked toilet seat in her powder room. One year, my Father decided to give her toilet seat for Christmas. I kid you not. That's the stuff that goes into tales of family folklore.
Gears, 2011-11-30 11:21:34

Worst Gift (or at least most thoughtless). My brother and his wife sent my mother a new nightgown. She has an eye sight problem so thought it was ripped until my sister pointed out it was a 'nursing' gown with openings for breast feeding. At the time my mother was 80 years old so pretty sure those days were long gone.
Kevin, 2011-11-30 11:14:33

My grandmother gave me a pair of extra long panty hose. I am 5ft 4in. I could have pulled them right over my head.
Lee, 2011-11-30 10:28:39

The worst present I have ever received was: nothing. Makes for a pretty sad time when e1 is cheerfully opening gifts and I'm just watching.
P, 2011-11-30 09:47:59

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