The Worst Christmas Gifts I’ve Ever Received

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Last year, I wrote this post about my odd christmas memories where I shared all the weird things people have said to me, strange gifts I’ve received, and other strange things that I’ve experienced around the holidays and while I’m not one to complain about gifts as I’m happy to receive anything at all, I must admit, I have received some horrible gifts over the years. It’s hard not to notice gifts like plastic sweat suits, books on dieting and basically anything from the drugstore…


The Worst Christmas Gifts I’ve Ever Received

Plastic Sweat Suits 

No judgment if you actually have the balls to wear one of these things, but lez-b-honest – nobody looks good in them no matter how the ads try to lie to you about it. They force you to sit in your own sweat, they smell horrible, they’re uncomfortable to wear, and if you gift this to someone, you’re basically telling them they’re fat or telling them they need to sweat more? I’m not sure, but it’s totally weird. My boyfriend thought it was HILARIOUS when my dad and step mom gifted one of these things to me. You see, my dad totally rocks these bad boys at the gym on the daily so he thought it was a good gift. Bless his heart, but seriously no.

Diet Books 

Who said it was okay for you to give me a diet book? This is just like that time I was avidly trying to lose weight and my step mom’s neighbor friend took it upon herself to say that her friend lost so much weight by walking. You don’t say.  It just amazes me the stupid shit people will say to your face. Anyway, yeah, don’t gift someone a diet book unless it’s on their damn list because that’s a total dick thing to do.

Drugstore Fragrances 

If I sound like a snob, I’m sorry, but drugstore fragrances are the worst. The quality is horrible, the scents are not good, and even the bottle designs look tacky. You can purchase cheaper perfumes online and the quality is WAY better and the packaging much prettier so it’s not a matter of price, it’s just laziness and a lack of planning.

Travel Destination Shirts 

This is hilarious because my dad would always travel to different states and countries and bring these back. I just think it’s a total riot he’s continued to gift me strange over-sized souvenir t-shirts into my 20’s.

Water Bottles 

Don’t get me wrong; I love a good sustainable water bottle, but if the same person gets you a random plastic water bottle every year, it’s bound to get a little weird.

Sketcher Shape-Ups 

You know, there’s nothing quite like getting a fitness fad item for the holidays and these shoes totally sucked. I think they got sued for false advertising for saying these shoes made people lose weight (which is ridiculous), but it was still pretty priceless to get a pair of these for Christmas and watch my step mom go on and on about how effective they were.

As Seen on TV” Stuff 

his goes back to purchasing gifts at your local pharmacy which I’m pretty against as it is, but the gifts that really take the cake are the “as seen on TV” ones. You know, eggtastic, chillow, and Miss Belt, the waist trimmer.


Strange Things that Happened to Me During the Holiday Season

  • My dad and step mom invited a bunch of strangers to dinner.
  • My aunt told my boyfriend “good luck with that” when he mentioned he’s a type 1 diabetic.
  • My step brother got angry at me for telling him my mom would definitely let him take leftovers home – why this something to be angry about is beyond me, but whatever…
  • That time my dad gave my boyfriend a used remote control helicopter as a gift. I think he felt bad because he didn’t buy him a gift, but giving him a used helicopter was one of the weirdest/most hilarious things ever.

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^ someone should gift this to me – just saying!

What Funny/Horrible Gifts Have You Received for Christmas?

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44 thoughts on “The Worst Christmas Gifts I’ve Ever Received

  1. December 8, 2015 at 11:10 AM

    Haha, oh man! Too funny. It’s great to hear that you’ve got a good attitude and sense of humour about it. I can’t believe you got a plastic sweat suit! And I can’t believe your dad wears one on the regular. Good for him! My mom always gets me destination shirts too. I feel so bad because I’ll never wear them, except maybe as pajamas.
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    1. December 8, 2015 at 12:14 PM

      Thanks haha I’m glad you got a good laugh out of it. I just try to laugh off whatever weirdness comes my way. Life’s too good to be stressed out about stuff like this. Hilarious about the gifts, though. And yeah, I know what you mean. I wear all my destination shirts to bed or to workout in haha.

  2. December 8, 2015 at 1:21 PM

    Oh, you poor thing! lol I would die if I received those gifts – I’d be like “why do you hate me?” lol At least you have a good sense of humor about it though! Hopefully, you get all good gifts this year! 🙂 xo
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    1. December 9, 2015 at 8:12 AM

      haha it’s been kind of a trend since my childhood so I don’t mind it nowadays. I just find it really funny. It makes for a seriously entertaining holiday. lol. thanks for the well wishes, Sabrina xx

  3. December 9, 2015 at 5:01 AM

    I agree with you on the travel shirts. I always thought it was weird to get a shirt from somewhere I’ve never been!!

    1. December 9, 2015 at 8:18 AM

      haha yeah it’s a little strange!

  4. December 9, 2015 at 8:38 AM

    Sounds like your dad doesn’t know what to give you lol and I can’t imagine him at the gym in a plastic suit haha
    I think it’s kinda cute that he still gives you destination shirts though
    My mum used to buy me clothes in huge sizes, like a size 20! She kept telling me there was no way I was a size 6…
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    1. December 10, 2015 at 10:36 AM

      lol I’m sure he doesn’t. He kind of gives most people weird gifts, I think, or maybe it is just me lol. Yeah, it is such a strange sight to behold! Destination shirts are fun for sleeping in haha. He did it my whole childhood so it’s kind of endearing now. So crazy your mom thought you were such a big size – my boyfriend’s mom does the same to him . He’s a skinny tall guy who wears a medium, but she always buys him large and XL lol.

  5. December 9, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    The worst gift I got was this almond scented perfume which turns out I am allergic too! I also got this ugly Christmas ceramic bag as a kid. That bag was only supposed to be for decoration, so I really could not use it to put anything in especially since it had sharp edges. That is not something you should give a kid! All of these gifts by the way came from aunts.

    1. December 10, 2015 at 10:37 AM

      eek! sounds terrible haha. hope you didn’t break out too badly! That’s happened to me so many times. a ceramic bag? I didn’t even know that was a thing. Your aunts sound hilarious lol. that’s too good 😛

  6. December 10, 2015 at 3:05 PM

    I can’t believe you received some of those gifts! I don’t think that I’ve ever received anything quite so strange for Christmas in my life. I actually laughed out loud at some of the ridiculous ideas. The worst gift I can think of is some hideous clothing including a zip up jacket that had an embroidered santa claus face on it.
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    1. December 10, 2015 at 4:16 PM

      haha I could not make this stuff up. Well, maybe I could, but it would be weird if I did. I used to be embarrassed about the weird gifts, but now I find it hilarious. Never a dull holiday lol. And I legit received all of these, all of these things happened to me, and I proceeded to give away all the things I didn’t want to the people nearest me once I arrived home from his house. It’s a surprisingly good conversation starter. that zip up jacket sounds awesome lol – kind of reminds me of those Weasley sweaters from Harry Potter – I’d wear it! 😛 glad you had a laugh and thanks for stopping by ♥

  7. December 14, 2015 at 11:48 AM

    Oh man, some of those are pretty bad! Particularly the plastic sweats!! Ahh! Thanks for sharing on the Small Victories Sunday Linkup!

    1. December 15, 2015 at 8:43 AM

      haha yeah I know. Makes for a good story 😛 I couldn’t make this stuff up lol.

  8. Kiki
    December 15, 2015 at 12:18 AM

    oH MY GOSH. How are plastic sweat suits even a thing?!! hahaha Yikes! When I commented on Instagram, I’d never heard of these things or thought someone would gift them unless they were dense or aloof. Not going to lie though. I would definitely welcome a travel destination shirt. idk why! lol This was hilariously bad. :p

    Two Christmases (??) ago I was gifted a faux leather bedazzled pastel pink Hello Kitty bag with cross stitching. I don’t particularly favor Thanksgiving, but I still meet up with the family. This year (starting in February) I had a massive inflammation happen in my lungs (I’m asthmatic and had lung surgery at age 3 = weak lungs anyway) that have mystified the doctors and plagued me. I can no longer work due to the flare-ups and pain. Which means that I had to move into someone else’s house. Well, for Thanksgiving everyone is talking, having a decent time when it’s brought up/joked about how I’m over a certain age and do not have my life together. Yeah. How could I possibly respond to that? It’s every time we sit down with these people… the guy always has to say something. And I’m vegan so we didn’t eat the Turkey or Ham but instead had a veggie loaf (which was really good, imo). And the brother of my friend (also vegan) laughed at us for eating faux loaf. It’s like… you can say “faux meat” but loaf is loaf. You can have veggie loaf. lol The gifts are a no-brainer because they all make a list of what they want. I can only imagine how that would turn out if we didn’t. haha

    1. December 15, 2015 at 8:48 AM

      lol believe me, plastic sweat suits are so NOT a thing. My dad is just funny without trying to be lol.. He’s a little strange. Haha travel destination shirts are not so bad – just awkward because then people think you’ve been there haha. that Hello Kitty bag sounds like an absolute gem haha. you should take a picture!! lol. I need to see that 😛

      I’m sorry to hear about the inflammation in your lungs. My brother is asthmatic as well. He’s allergic to everything including grass and pollen and he’s always having to use inhalers. sorry to hear about that guy talking smack every holiday. sounds like a jerk to me! don’t worry about those people. if people don’t understand your situation, they never will you know? It’s not your problem; it’s theirs. the situation sucks, but it’s out of your control. all you can do is the best you can do. that’s enough. as for being vegan, well that’s your choice. my brother’s wife is vegan and nobody talks about it. we just make sure we have some food for her to eat every holiday because we don’t want her to feel left out you know? hope you get some good gifts this year at any rate!! ♥

  9. December 16, 2015 at 8:42 AM

    Hahaha what a great post! We have an aunt who is infamous in our family for giving the worst gifts! One year…when I was like 14 probably she got me a TV Tray. Not quite sure the thought process on that one, but whatever!

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    1. December 17, 2015 at 8:07 AM

      thanks Shannon! Glad you liked it lol. Your aunt sounds hilarious. a TV tray – classic! haha 🙂 thanks for sharing ♥

  10. Christine
    December 16, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    Diet books?! That’s crazy!! I can’t believe somebody did that.

    1. December 17, 2015 at 8:08 AM

      yeah super weird lol.

  11. December 17, 2015 at 11:18 AM

    I don’t even know was a plastic sweat suit is! But, it sounds HORRIBLE. Yes, drug store gifts are the worse! Or what about air freshener candles as a gift? Lol! LOVED this!!!!!


    1. December 17, 2015 at 4:50 PM

      it’s basically plastic in the shape of a shirt and pants lol. it’s horrible. omg air freshener candles as a gift lol what a great way to tell someone you think they smell!! hilarious! thanks for stopping by Carrie – glad you liked my post haha 🙂 ♥

  12. December 17, 2015 at 11:40 AM

    This post is so funny. My dad is a horrible gift giver, but he tries his best. The t-shirt thing made me laugh because I remember my dad went to Korea and brought back a bright red satin jacket with a giant colorful dragon embroidered on the back for me. The look on my dad’s face when he gave it to me was that of pure joy and I didn’t have it in my heart to tell him that it was hideous.

    1. December 17, 2015 at 4:52 PM

      haha I wonder if this is a dad trend. and that jacket sounds awesome to me! I would wear it lol. I know what you mean though. Dads seem to have universally bad fashion sense – I have not met one dad that has good fashion ever. lol.

  13. December 17, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    Haha …. all my gifts are looking pretty good! The worst one I can think of is what looked to me like a linen napkin from a restaurant, but I was told it was a scarf!

    What a cute and funny post. And thanks for stopping by Fashion Should Be Fun!

    Dawn Lucy

    1. December 17, 2015 at 4:55 PM

      I’m glad they’re looking good Dawn! I’m always worried I’ll one day be the bad gift giver lol. lmao a linen napkin – that sounds hilarious! thanks for sharing that and stopping in 🙂 ♥

  14. December 17, 2015 at 7:15 PM

    My dad gave me dish towels one year…. He wrapped them for himself but gave them to me, HA! He thought it was hysterical….. LMFAO!
    But honestly, I don’t need anything, so less is more in my mind – ha ha ah!
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    1. December 18, 2015 at 8:48 AM

      haha that’s awesome! Yeah I know what you mean. Half the reason these gifts sucked so much was less about how crappy they were and more about “what am I going to do with this? where am I going to put it?” I like to live pretty minimally and at the time, I was renting a room so not a whole lot of space for things. You can only have so many handbags however sacrilege that sounds lol

  15. December 18, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    Oh diet books…hahaha. This list made me laugh out loud

  16. December 18, 2015 at 9:08 AM

    Oh my god the sweat suit one had me in stitches! And honestly if anyone ever gave me a diet book as a present they would be receiving a swift slap to the face. Like who tf gave you the authority to judge my pizza eating habits, LET ME LIVE

    1. December 18, 2015 at 4:59 PM

      haha I’m glad you had a good laugh Elly! haha I love your LET ME LIVE. hahah. that’s so great! Seriously, yeah. I don’t understand where some of my family members get off gifting weird shit to people, but I guess that’s what makes them unique? I dunno. I’ve gotten used to the weirdness and now it’s a part of life lol. I’m happy to laugh about it and talk shit with my friends whenever the weirdness happens. Keeps life exciting.

  17. December 21, 2015 at 7:55 AM

    Oh man, a diet book is just mean. What are people thinking?

    1. December 22, 2015 at 9:46 AM

      lol no idea. I think it’s a lack of thinking that’s happening in that cause.

  18. December 23, 2015 at 8:37 AM

    Love this post! Too funny, and quite some interesting gifts! Thanks for linking up!

    Xo, Rachel

    1. December 23, 2015 at 11:08 AM

      thanks Rachel – glad you got a good laugh in!

  19. December 23, 2015 at 11:06 AM

    I love how odd Christmas gifts make for a great story in the end 🙂 Thanks for linking up with us!


    1. December 23, 2015 at 11:21 AM

      haha yeah they definitely do. of course! thanks for visiting me 🙂

  20. Lexie Murray
    December 23, 2015 at 1:10 PM

    I LOL’ed while reading this post!!! And yes I agree…these are deff NOT good gifts to get someone. Reading about your personal experiences were so funny! Hope you get amaze gifts this year hahah!
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    1. December 23, 2015 at 4:03 PM

      haha glad you had a good laugh over the ridiculousness 😛 I need to think of other weird sh*t that’s happened to me so I can talk about it. The strange things that happen are funny and I hope they make people laugh. Thanks so much Lexie – hope you get some great gifts too ♥

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  22. January 3, 2016 at 5:47 PM

    Diet books…that’s just awful!

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  23. December 2, 2016 at 12:28 PM

    This is hilarious! I have received some strange things, but nothing as good as you have received. Aren’t you special?
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    1. December 6, 2016 at 8:06 AM

      Haha yeah. My family is a curious bunch and they gift weird things. It’s made the holidays a really interesting and funny time. Thanks for stopping by, Christine! glad you had a laugh!

  24. December 4, 2016 at 9:11 AM

    That is quite a list 😜 Found ya via the Traffic Jam . . . Glad I did!

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