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Fess Up- worst Christmas gift you have ever given...(STD’s don’t count)

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  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 28,091
    We watched SNL this weekend and there was a skit about the whole family bragging about getting everything they wanted. It showed the mom (Kristen Wiig) doing everything behind the scenes to make the magic happen and she got a robe. The dog also got a robe. Funny stuff. 

    Janell looked over and said “so true”. I was like “WTF”? I like to think of myself as a fairly thoughtful gift giver but janell informed me that around 10-11 years ago I gave her a renewed subscription to XM radio. I bought it that morning and printed the receipt and put it in her stocking. She was like “thanks, you paid a bill” (she didn’t say a word then but said that yesterday). 

    I don’t remember this at all (but she damn Does 😂) but I am so embarrassed by that one. 

    I’m usually pretty good (I love giving gifts so I usually put some effort into it).  I’m sure I have laid a few other turds along the way but this one has the be the lowest for me. 

    Can anyone beat that one? 

    this year put the bill for xm radio into her stocking =)
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  • northGAcocknorthGAcock Posts: 14,934
    I gifted to my girlfriend (a few years before we married), a lens for my camera. It didn’t go over well. 
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  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 28,091
    worst gift came with tons of points. drunken trip to new york city with the guys back in college, went to the big macys. bought a macys box for lingerie,that place was way out of my price line back then when they had the one store, yes you can buy just the box. filled it from something from kmart..

    on another note, a couple years ago bought my dads new girlfriend an expensive bottle champagne, hand painted bottle etc.  dad had just started dating her and there really was no reason to even buy her a xmas gift, she reamed me big the next day for buying her booze and gave it back. she gifted me a pack of fruit of the looms tighty whiteys, i just bit my lip.  a week later she googled the champagne and wanted it back. what a b....
    fukahwee maine

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  • Well, my worst Christmas gift ever was just last Christmas, so still too fresh in my mind to go into detail about (It was cringe-worthy, trust me).

    I have always said to guys that if you just listen throughout the year, and maybe take some notes so you remember, I'm pretty sure your wife/GF will say it straight up what she wants/ would like. It's not rocket science. When all else fails and you can't think of anything, buy her JEWELRY. If you think she has enough jewelry, you are wrong. 

    Needless to say, I am not too excited to see what I get this year, so wish me luck!
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  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 28,091
    Well, my worst Christmas gift ever was just last Christmas, so still too fresh in my mind to go into detail about (It was cringe-worthy, trust me).

    I have always said to guys that if you just listen throughout the year, and maybe take some notes so you remember, I'm pretty sure your wife/GF will say it straight up what she wants/ would like. It's not rocket science. When all else fails and you can't think of anything, buy her JEWELRY. If you think she has enough jewelry, you are wrong. 

    Needless to say, I am not too excited to see what I get this year, so wish me luck!

    now we have to guess.  more cringe worthy than childrens underwear from your 70 year old dads girlfriend =)
    fukahwee maine

    you can lead a fish to water but you can not make him drink it
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    We are having a debate about the appropriateness of a Dyson as a post-Xmas birthday gift for my M-I-L. Hard for anyone to judge without knowing her, but having just bought a V10 myself, I think a V11 for her is a great option. 
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 38,173
    Foghorn said:
    One Christmas many years ago when I was working 100+ hours a week, I got to the mall on Christmas Eve just before they closed - or so I thought.  I had a plan to buy my wife some earrings.  When I get in the mall, most of the stores are still open, but the jewelry store has closed early.  "Closed" means that the gate/bars that come out of the ceiling are nearly all the way down to the floor - but they come up about 6 inches shy of the floor and there is one guy in the store closing out the register.

    I can see the earrings I want to buy through one of the windows.  I call the guy over and beg him to sell them to me.  He tells me he can't.  I beg some more and he tells me the register is closed.  I beg some more and show him some cash that will more than cover the price of the earrings - and I tell him that he can ring up the sale the next time he is in the store and keep the difference.  

    We transact the deal near the floor in the 6" area under the gate.

    The next day she opens the earrings and proclaims that she loves them and that I have exceeded her expectations.

    Thinking that she will find the story amusing, I tell her about the purchase process.

    She then decides that they are the worst gift ever because I didn't spend weeks or months in stores thinking about her as I pondered the perfect gift.

    I'm not sure she ever wore the earrings.

    When I told this story to her brother he told me "Dude, you're my hero" because I was the most efficient Christmas shopper he has ever met.
    Just goes to show you the quality of gift and the thought that counts are *not* mutually exclusive.
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 38,173
    You get a pass on bad aim because you were 16...
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  • xfire_ATX said:
    Apparently as a kid/ teen I would gift my Dad odd stuff. I bought him boat bumpers one year as we never had enough and he looked at me and said just that. I quit getting him anything besides quilted flannel shirts.
    Ha ha the boat bumpers were actually a way more thought out gift than quilted flannels but also a subtle “eff you” for not having enough bumpers. Well done. 
    My Dad is gone now and when we cleaned out his stuff my Brother is now wearing 1/2 dozen quilted flannel shirts.
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  • CornfedMA said:
    Fair warning. This one is at least PG-13. Read on, or don’t. 


    Ok. When we were 16, we all had that one girl in school we were after. Well around Christmas about 22 yrs ago, I had worked up the courage to ask her out. We had been out together a few times. December 23rd was our 3rd or 4th date. I pick her up for a night out. Went to a movie I think. The night was going really well. I bring her home afterward and her folks were still out at a late night Xmas party. We decided to get to know each other a bit better on the loveseat next to the tree. Before things went too far, in my teenage excitement, I left an unintended surprise all over the Xmas gifts a few feet away. I was crushed with embarrassment and she had to spend the next couple hours opening and re-wrapping all the gifts under the tree. Easily the worst “gift” I’ve given anyone, ever. 
    She could have just said “Santa came early this year” and had it covered. Rough one for sure.
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  • @JohnInCarolina if there was any silver lining to whole incident, it was that I wasn’t anywhere near as bad as the kid in those movies. This had gone on for a little bit. The young lady was giving me “a hand” while I thought about every stupid trick in the book to stave off the inevitable. So aim was all her fault @nolaegghead
  • dmchicagodmchicago Posts: 3,117
    CornfedMA said:
    @JohnInCarolina if there was any silver lining to whole incident, it was that I wasn’t anywhere near as bad as the kid in those movies. This had gone on for a little bit. The young lady was giving me “a hand” while I thought about every stupid trick in the book to stave off the inevitable. So aim was all her fault @nolaegghead
    You don't still have her number, do you?
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  • U_tardedU_tarded Posts: 1,889
    Pro-tip: if you’re going to go the new vacuum route, at least make it a Dyson.
    I would say Roomba. 
    Ha!  It’s funny but my wife and I looked at the Cadillac version of one of those recently, because friends of ours have one and they love it.  And my wife is always complaining about how dirty our floors are.

    And yet I still know that if I bought her one for Christmas.... she would kill me.
    I ordered a mid level one for my wife on Black Friday specials.  Feeling guilty I gave it to her early.  It is well worth it.  We have 2 shedding dogs bad and we were vacuuming 3-4 times a week (all tile and hardwood in our house).  This thing rings a couple hours a day and has reduced our vacuuming to once a week.  So much time saved. 
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 38,173
    I bought a Shark robot vacuum and it's been life changing.  Yeah, I tried them out maybe 15 years ago and the hardware sucked.
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  • calikingcaliking Posts: 15,682
    There are no lousy gifts on this side. We celebrate Chrismahannukwanzawali, so starting in November, I buy for caliqueen all the things I "need". She, in turn, buys me all the things she needs. 

    No bad gifts. Everyone goes home happy =)

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  • I literally got a newly acquired GF some (nice, mind you) slippers one year. She got me a TV. Needless to say the TV stuck around longer than she did 
  • dbCooperdbCooper Posts: 1,038
    edited December 2020
    Received this perhaps 20 years ago, from my boss at the time.  The whole team of 20 or so got them (different times then).  I regifted to a family member the next year.  It has been regifted every year since to various generations of family members.  To my knowledge it has never been used.
    Seems they are still for sale...  http://www.turdtwister.com/
    *edit... As suggested, tagging @SGH


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  • dbCooper said:
    Received this perhaps 20 years ago, from my boss at the time.  The whole team of 20 or so got them (different times then).  I regifted to a family member the next year.  It has been regifted every year since to various generations of family members.  To my knowledge it has never been used.
    Seems they are still for sale...  http://www.turdtwister.com/

    I’m dying. Hilarious. 😂 
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  • dbCooper said:
    Received this perhaps 20 years ago, from my boss at the time.  The whole team of 20 or so got them (different times then).  I regifted to a family member the next year.  It has been regifted every year since to various generations of family members.  To my knowledge it has never been used.
    Seems they are still for sale...  http://www.turdtwister.com/

    My only question.... how could one post such a glorious thing and not tag @SGH?
  • BotchBotch Posts: 11,850
    dbCooper said:
    Received this perhaps 20 years ago, from my boss at the time.  The whole team of 20 or so got them (different times then).  I regifted to a family member the next year.  It has been regifted every year since to various generations of family members.  To my knowledge it has never been used.
    Seems they are still for sale...  http://www.turdtwister.com/
    *edit... As suggested, tagging @SGH


    If it had brass dies it would texture the extrusions, allowing them to hold onto the pasta sauce bett.....
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  • dbCooper said:
    Received this perhaps 20 years ago, from my boss at the time.  The whole team of 20 or so got them (different times then).  I regifted to a family member the next year.  It has been regifted every year since to various generations of family members.  To my knowledge it has never been used.
    Seems they are still for sale...  http://www.turdtwister.com/
    *edit... As suggested, tagging @SGH


    I just feel bad for the poor souls who got stuck with the first generation of this gift, which as I understand it... lacked a safety retraction cord.
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  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 24,380
    @CornfedMA - You go to the head of the class right there.  Good thing it was a Christmas experience or we would have never known.  But full props for telling the story.  
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