View Full Version : What Is the Oddest Christmas Gift You've Ever Received?

12-05-2007, 09:55 PM
During a chat today, a co-worker and I were talking about this. I remembered that when my sister and I were younger...probably around ages 9 or 10, we received underwear from the family of a man who worked for my step-dad. It was really odd. Thank goodness the package had been thrown under the tree with the other gifts. We opened it on Christmas morning along with everything else. At least we didn't open them in front of the man!:roflhard:

I look forward to hearing about y'all's "odd" stuff.

12-05-2007, 11:21 PM
The only odd one I can think of is the vacuum cleaner DH bought me about 2 years ago..... we have all hard wood floors. Don't know what he was thinkin' on that day!

12-06-2007, 02:36 AM
My mother in law has always been a weird duck, and one Christmas she gave me a box of baking soda. Don't ask me why? :shrug:I know Christmas isn't all about the gifts, but that Christmas had to be the worst besides the baking soda she bought me a toy rocket, and some pajamas that clearly would never fit me in this lifetime.

12-06-2007, 08:04 AM
I had a boyfriend who gave me a stone elephant and a lint brush for Christmas one month later on my birthday I got an alarm clock the best thing he gave me was some perfume he got on a cruise he went on with his parents but he made it a point to tell me he got it "dirt cheap" so that took a little bit of fun out it but the funny thing is 7 years later I still have all of it and use it almost every day!

12-06-2007, 08:30 AM
I once got a box of 6 diskettes from my aunt. But my sister got a package of regular ol' blue ink pens, so I think I got the better gift.

12-06-2007, 08:33 AM
I don't ever wear lipstick, don't like the way it feels on my lips, and rarely wear nail polish. And yet on one of our first Christmases my now hubby bought me not one but two lipstick with matching nail polish sets and a Hershey bar :P

12-06-2007, 08:48 AM
One year my husband gave me a balance beam scale, you know like the ones in the Dr's office. That was it, a scale. He's now my EXhusband.:tap:

12-06-2007, 08:56 AM
My GF received an air-refreshener for the toilet (cost about $2)...the gift is from her co-worker...everybody should budget $20 each in her department ... her co-worker got a kenny G cd's

12-06-2007, 09:21 AM
This thread makes me giggle. I'll add my oddest gift--an electric stick.
Well, that's what it looked like.:shrug: It was supposed to be a small accent lamp but it was really just a large darkly stained wooden dowel with a night light bulb dipped in silicon to kinda make it look like a candle flame stuck on one end. It was wired for electricity but I was too afraid to plug it in and turn it on--afraid my house would go up in flames. My boss gave me that one year. I'd rather have a ham or something!:teehee:

12-06-2007, 10:17 AM
My extended family is so big that we do a Chinese Auction type swap where every adult brings a gift that's at least $20 and not more than $30, and everyone under 18 does a Secret Santa. We have some people who cheap out, though--like a set of (cheap) picture frames one year and one of those singing fish on a plaque another year, and once someone brought an ostrich egg. Who on earth would want that?!!

12-06-2007, 11:06 AM
I had some guy's parents I was dating in college get me a little girl's hairbrush set and a pocket calculator. It was weird. I think more than anything they had no idea of who I was even after dating their kid for four years.
My brother one time got a grim reaper doll from a coworker! :roflhard:

12-06-2007, 11:25 AM
My husbands gradmother is on a budget...Anyway one year she gave us a bible clock. It was plastic, designed to look like an open book you'd put on a table, it had a verse on the open page and cheesy looking fake flower laying across the open page. In the bottom R hand corner was a tiny cheap looking digital display. It was so cheap and ugly looking. She must have gotten it from Finger Hut. So we kept it in a box in the closet. Then I had a brilliant idea. I gave it to my father in law one Christmas (it was his mom after all who sent it) Now it gets passed around each Christmas. Along with a 20 y/o Chia Pet and a condom in the stockings that has got to be 25 years old.
Okay, so now you wonder about the condom. When my husbanded turned 16 his uncle put a condom in his stocking as a joke. A classic oranged wrapped Trojan. But it got stuck in the toe and he didn't even find it for like 5 years. Then when he did his uncle was like "oh yeah, I gave you that a long time ago." So now it shows up in someones stocking each year. Especially if you just got married, or are pregnant. Only the adults pass it around, we are waiting for the kids to get old enough. They do sometimes get the Chia pet though. We have a good time at Christmas in my husbands family.

12-06-2007, 11:54 AM
The last four years, I have received identical pairs of kitchen scissors from my DH's step-sister. I think she must have gone to a "big box" store and bought them out and just sends one each year until she runs out! One of my co-workers said I should line them up, date them, take a picture and make that our Christmas card!! Everyone would get a laugh because they all know how crazy she is anyway!!

12-06-2007, 12:49 PM
I've always been overweight, and when I was about 9 or 10 my grandmother, who lived with us, bought me a stairmaster. Not a real stairmaster, just like a little cheap one that she probably ordered from a catalog. In retrospect I realize that she was probably just worried about my health and wanted me to exercise, and now that she's no longer with us I wish I had acted differently, but when all you want for Christmas is the Barbie bride doll and you get a stairmaster, you're bound to get upset. hehe. I cried and my mom yelled at my grandma (who was the most wonderful person I've ever known, btw) and told her to send it back. I don't remember if she got me anything to replace it, but that still stands out as one of the oddest gifts I've ever gotten.

Also, last year my aunt got me one of those roll-up pianos that you see on tv. I play piano, I have a piano, so I'm not sure what she was thinking. She said she thought I could carry it with me and play in restaurants. Um. Okay then. hehe. I know it's the thought that counts, but that one is still in the box in my closet. It doesnt' work that well anyway. hehe.

I've been enjoying this thread. :)

12-06-2007, 12:57 PM
This is a great thread. I honestly can't think of any odd gifts I've been given. But I sure am enjoying all of your stories. :teehee:

12-06-2007, 01:07 PM
When we were young my grandfather used to give us the freebie gifts you got from time magazine subscriptions, for christmas. My brothers got a lot of alarm clocks, sports balls, I remember getting tupperware one year ( I was probably 8 or 9) Wish I could say he was an old man who meant well, but really he was just a cheap, mean old man, oh well!

12-06-2007, 01:23 PM
Pet rock.

12-06-2007, 01:53 PM
I got a chia herb garden. I don't cook and my plants all die.
I also got a brew your own beer kit from my grandma. Though I love beer I am very lazy and would rather just go buy some than go through all the trouble of MAKING it:roflhard:

12-06-2007, 02:00 PM
I also got a brew your own beer kit from my grandma. Though I love beer I am very lazy and would rather just go buy some than go through all the trouble of MAKING it:roflhard:

My brother got one of those last year. That was probably the worst beer I have ever tasted!!! And it stunk up the room he was brewing it in!

12-06-2007, 02:02 PM
We had a secret santa exchange at my school where I taught, you were supposed to give a little something (like a card, or a piece of candy) each week in Dec. and then a bigger present ($20-25) at the end when you reveal yourself. I got nothing the whole time and then on the last day my santa handed me an unwrapped little box. It said "fabulous egg" (you know, like a Fabrege egg?) and it was a crappy ceramic egg that probably cost $1.99. My friend and co-teacher thought it was the most hilarious thing he had ever seen. I was so mad because I had really gone all out for my person. That was the last xmas exchange I signed up for...inner city public school teachers are nuts!

Jan in CA
12-06-2007, 02:03 PM
:zombie: Wow. At least all these crazy gifts give you something to laugh about years later. :teehee:

I got nothin'. I mean I can't remember anything particularly weird that was meant for me. :shrug: DH got toy trucks from his mom once though.

12-06-2007, 02:46 PM
Y'all's responses are making me smile...and I need it as I write the papers I've procrastinated over all term...

Something someone said made me remember something...

My mil did refunds for years and years. When you do refunds, you get some cute, er "odd" things. But we love these things! She puts "Refund Santa" on the tag, so you always know you're in for something interesting.

My kids have gotten Macaroni Tex (you know...the dinosaur) radios, Caprisun soccer balls, and all sorts of odds and ends. It's really quit humorous, but the gifts are interesting.

My mom sees my kids once a year...at Christmas...her choice. So she has no idea, really, that they are actually getting older each year. I have a nephew who is the same age as my son. I also have a nephew that is about seven years younger than his brother. One year, my mom gave my son and my younger nephew the exact same thing...a transformer. My older nephew...same age as my ds...received some awesome electronic thing or another. My ds kept a straight face and said thank you. Later we had discuss some specifics about "Grandma fill-in-the-name."

The next year, when my mom called to ask what ds would like for Christmas, I delicately told her that he liked the same things as my older nephew...that they are, after all, the same age. He got a bb gun that year...made up for the previous year. :teehee:

12-06-2007, 03:12 PM
One year when I was probably 14 or so (which means my sisters were aged 7-12) we all got bath towels from our grandma. It got to the point where we would get a box (all identical) and say to each other "I wonder what color my towel is!"

12-06-2007, 03:38 PM
One year my dad asked me what I wanted for Christmas. I told him that I wanted a pair of tennis shoes. I told him the brand, the style, the size, and the color. Oh yeah, and the exact store where they could be purchased. I ended up getting a book about mummies and a book about Victorian costumes. I was 15 at the time.

One year my dh and his two brothers all got matching homemade smoking jackets from their grandmother. They were all in elementary school at the time.

12-06-2007, 04:12 PM
I have been pretty fortunate, even my odd gifts were ok...

One year my dad got me rollerblades. Top of the line, super pricey, rollerblades. This kinda proved how much my dad doesn't know me. I cannot rollerblade to save my life. I can barely walk without falling. When I called my mom that morning and told her she started laughing "ROLLERBLADES!? YOU!? HAHAHA!" He later took us to exchange everything we didn't like. Dad's pretty easy going.

One year I did a swap with friends. My friend Manda got me a pot of Chia Pet Cat Grass. So it was more a gift for my cats than me. I do not like plants... I kill them and my cats eat them... in this case the last part was ok... but my cats ended up knocking over the pot while eating it and tracking grass and dirt everywhere.

My friend Brian gave me a giant stuffed Cat... with fairy wings and a halo... and it was a FREAKY looking cat. His reason, for Halloween that year I was "The Gay Fairy" and I have a lot of cats (2 at the time, 3 now.) , so this stuffed creature is the Gay Cat Fairy.

One thing I don't like about having 3 cats, is everyone thinks I want cat things... Cat toys, cat knick knacks... cat pictures... lol. Oh well.

12-06-2007, 07:42 PM
One year when I was probably 14 or so (which means my sisters were aged 7-12) we all got bath towels from our grandma. It got to the point where we would get a box (all identical) and say to each other "I wonder what color my towel is!"

My cousin is 5 months younger than me. Every Christmas we always got the same thing in different colors. One particularly snotty year, probably when we were 13 or so, we divided our presents so that we each opened presents from different people (she opened aunt Judy's and I opened uncle henry's and I didn't open Aunt Judy's and she didn't open uncle Henry's because we already knew what they were)

Wow, we were brats!

12-06-2007, 10:30 PM
I used to be friends with a pair of twins who were born on Dec. 23rd, and they had tons of relatives who would buy them one gift to share for both holidays. How cheap! It wasn't even like they got nicer stuff; they got regular things, but only one of them.

When I was in 8th grade, my mom gave me an American Girl doll for my birthday. I have noooo idea what she was thinking; she must have lost her mind for a bit. Those are expensive dolls, too, and I never played with that one because I was too old.

For christmas last year my brother and sister gave me Yankee memorobilia. I'm a Sox fan. :rofl:

Oh, and my cousins around the same age and I always got the exact same thing for Christmas from my grandma and grandpa. There are three of us girls around the same age and one boy (plus all the older and younger ones.) One year they gave all of us jewelery in our stockings at their house, and they gave my boy cousin one too by mistake. We call him "Ahem" because whenever we get together, the adults would always be like "Girls!" and he would say "Ahem!" haha.

12-06-2007, 10:43 PM
This thread is great and prompted me to ask the hubby what his odd gift was and now we sitting here like a couple of 80 yera olds that can't remember what we ate for breakfast....can't remember any particularly odd gifts (although in my family I know there were more than a few) and can't even remember what we got each other for Christmas last year !

12-08-2007, 09:55 PM
I got 100 feet of Coax cable from a boyfriend one Christmas....wasn't the ring I had wanted...needless to say he wasn't a boyfriend for long after.:whoosh:

12-09-2007, 02:43 AM
This thread makes me giggle. I'll add my oddest gift--an electric stick.
Well, that's what it looked like.:shrug: It was supposed to be a small accent lamp but it was really just a large darkly stained wooden dowel with a night light bulb dipped in silicon to kinda make it look like a candle flame stuck on one end. It was wired for electricity but I was too afraid to plug it in and turn it on--afraid my house would go up in flames. My boss gave me that one year. I'd rather have a ham or something!:teehee:
OMG my brother got one of these from my uncle, except the "candle flame" was dyed neon pink.
I havent gotten too many odd Christmas presents. My best one was the time my friends and I got Alvin and the Chipmunks T-shirts made by our guy friends - each of us had a nickname of one of the chipmunks and Dave, so the guys made us T-shirts of our character.
I also got a work uniform T-shirt from my brother. He swears it cost him $20, which is strange, because I got a hooded sweatshirt for $8. We now try to get each other the cheapest gifts possible.
My brother also has almost a competition going with our one aunt, uncle, and cousins. One year, he gave half of a penny. He literally got coal. Then there was the light thing. He gave a clamshell. There was a can of spam one year, too. A used golf ball (just one). One of those monster finger puppets. A theatre program with eye holes in it (don't ask).

12-09-2007, 11:34 PM
I haven't worn makeup, except VERY Gothic-style makeup at Halloween (would wear it more, but nowhere to really go around here, lol), and that is pretty much it. Everyone in my family knows this. It's just an accepted fact.

Well, my aunt apparently lost her marbles because not only did she give me nailpolish (in a crazy white creamy color with craploads of multicolored glitter in it and a hot pink color) and makeup, but she gave me USED makeup, at that. I just kind of smiled, and tried not to cringe.

12-10-2007, 12:42 AM
but she gave me USED makeup, at that.


Guess you didn't re-gift, eh?


12-10-2007, 02:59 AM

Guess you didn't re-gift, eh?


LOL Nope, definitely not.

Don't get me wrong, not all used gifts are bad. I actually am a fan of things with sentimental value and the like.

But used makeup, especially lipstick and mascara, are biiiiig germ spreaders.

12-10-2007, 10:20 AM
My grandfather's wife (she's my dad's age BTW ) is the queen of horrible gifts. It is fun to try and guess what she will bring every year. I am particularly fond of the sausage I got one year. Wrapped sausage. :clink:

12-10-2007, 11:05 AM
Hmmmmn....not Christmas gifts, but when dh and I were married at the ripe old age of 20, his idiot best friends (and I can say that, because they were actually my friends first) decided to "treat" us to a honeymoon gift box. It included edible panties (ew!), KY jelly, condoms, and a hershey bar (?).

Then, they decorated our car to match. They put a python textured thong on the steering wheel, vagisil and monistat 7 on the dashboard (in the containers, not spread out on the dash board, thank goodness!). They dumped about 10 boxes of condoms in the back seat, and wrote "FERTILE" on the back window. They had our whole wedding party sign the poster board on the back that said, "JUST MARRIED...And getting our "freak" on.":oops:

They also chipped in and bought us a toaster.:eyebrow2: They were (and still are) so WEIRD.

12-10-2007, 02:32 PM
This thread is hilarious! :roflhard:

Okay, I have a few. . .

The first Christmas DH and I were married we were flat broke, but we wanted to give each other some sort of gift. I ended up splurging a little and bought him a nice pair of black leather gloves. Well, he had heard me mention a few things I wanted around our apartment. I got a paper towel holder and a baking spatula thingy. :pout: It was really weird. But I can honestly say they were better than any other junk that I didn't need.

The second Christmas we were married, third celebrating together, we went to visit DH's family. You would think his mom would know me by now, right? I got a set of rainbow colored pencils with my name on them, a kids stamp with my name and stars on it (that didn't even work!), and kids scissors in a butterfly holder with my name on it. Not to mention, she got THE SAME THINGS for DH! :roflhard: Oh, and she gave me the most hideous earrings and hair clip I have ever seen. I think she bought them 30 years ago and was waiting for the right person to give them to. I couldn't even regift them because they were so bad! :teehee: