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#1 Posted by I_Stay_Puft (3062 posts) -

When I was four or five I had seen the Stephen King TV miniseries "It" and was deathly afraid of clowns and showers. On Christmas my aunt thought it'd be pretty funny to give me a Bump N' Benny clown. Probably not one of the worst presents I ever received but definitely one of the most traumatizing.

#2 Posted by madman356647 (208 posts) -

Shadow The Hedgehog for XBOX.

My folks thought since it had Sonic in it, I'd like it.

#3 Posted by hippocrit (237 posts) -

When I was ten I lived in Tonga, an island in the South Pacific. My best friend was moving back to New Zealand, so my parents sent me there for a week. That was awesome. However, my friend's extended fam didn't know I'd be there, so they last minute got me a chocolate bar and neon suspenders. That was the worst.

#4 Edited by Hailinel (23986 posts) -

My parents once gave me Dick Tracy for the NES as a Christmas present. No Christmas gift I've received before or since was anywhere close to that horrible.

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#5 Edited by alwaysbebombing (1539 posts) -

A pair of blue knitted mittens. When I was 21 years old.

#6 Posted by plaintomato (598 posts) -

When I was a teen my parents would usually get me:

  1. The clothes they wished I wanted to wear, or
  2. Stuff I needed anyway, so they were going to have to buy it anyway

But when I was just a kid I got toys. You can't really go wrong with toys. So it wasn't until I was older that my presents went to crap.

#7 Posted by TheManWithNoPlan (5282 posts) -

Spiderman 2... for Gba

#8 Edited by Aetheldod (3518 posts) -

No presents :(

When I did got present my folks were very good at giving me cool stuff and I cant remember any other present that I didnt enoy.

#9 Posted by MonetaryDread (1995 posts) -

My parents purchased me a Static-X and Mushroomhead albums one Christmas. =( Those are two of the worst bands to appear in one of the worst times in music history.

#10 Posted by maverick1 (92 posts) -

A big tin can of holiday popcorn. when I was about 15 we went over to my dads freinds house. They didn't know we were coming so they last minute got me the popcorn. In my head I was thinking "what a piece of shit gift". I would have rather not have gotten anything. the popcorn taste bad too.

#11 Posted by I_Stay_Puft (3062 posts) -

A big tin can of holiday popcorn. when I was about 15 we went over to my dads freinds house. They didn't know we were coming so they last minute got me the popcorn. In my head I was thinking "what a piece of shit gift". I would have rather not have gotten anything. the popcorn taste bad too.

Yeah, I use to get these all the time as presents from relatives. I remember one relative wrapped up a king size snickers bar for me once.

#12 Posted by Hunter5024 (5555 posts) -

My aunt and uncle got me a clock shaped like a tire when I was like 15.

#13 Edited by Tom_omb (351 posts) -

Not terrible gifts, but a couple years ago a friend bought me a book I already had, then returned it and picked up an obscure propaganda poster from Chinatown to discover I already had that too. I kept it anyway, just put it in a different room.

My aunt got me a power rangers towel when I was a kid. I really hated that show at the time.

#14 Posted by Vrikk (888 posts) -

A "here's how to be fancy at dinner parties" voucher. I was supposed to train with some Madame.

Fuck if I did that. I threw it away.

#15 Posted by SoylentGreen (254 posts) -

The idea of someone thinking "this is a shitty gift" is horrifying. At least you got one?

#firstworldproblems

#16 Posted by ZolRoyce (633 posts) -

Spiderman 2... for Gba

You mo-oh okay.


For me, a 300 mug with that whole "dine in hell' thing on it, and this wasn't when the movie was popular, this was last year. I'm not even on the hate train for that movie or anything, I like it, but that's a pretty lame gift.

#17 Posted by Turtlebird95 (2315 posts) -

Superman 64. I wish I was joking.

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#18 Edited by Ezakael (917 posts) -

I don't think I have ever gotten a bad gift. My parents know me pretty well and always end up getting me some pretty cool stuff even if it's not what I specifically ask for. My grand parents always just give me money and anyone else gives gift cards. I've gotten off pretty good each Christmas.

#19 Posted by Hoboassassin54 (27 posts) -

My Aunt got me Rogue Warrior.

#20 Posted by Ryanmc94 (60 posts) -

Not a Christmas present but my Aunt bought me the big bang theory board game for my 18th birthday. I played it once with the girlfriend. It has since been banished to the garbage tip

#21 Posted by Oldirtybearon (4611 posts) -

@soylentgreen said:

The idea of someone thinking "this is a shitty gift" is horrifying. At least you got one?

#firstworldproblems

Yeah no. Life don't work that way. Just because life is horrid for other people in other parts of the world doesn't make our situations any less important/stressful/shitty to us.

I love Matthew Good as much as the next guy, but I want to kneecap him for starting that "first world problems" bullshit.

#22 Edited by Scrawnto (2436 posts) -

I've gotten boring gifts, but I've never gotten any that were straight up bad. Like, none of them ever made my day worse.

#23 Posted by CrazedMaverick (214 posts) -

My parents got me 'Origin of Species' once. They normally don't get me Christmas presents so I guess it's a win.

#24 Posted by Dasacant2 (215 posts) -

I can't think of any really crappy gifts. There was a year my family and me lived without power or running water for a year and I still got a transformer toy.

#25 Posted by MC_Hify (322 posts) -

My Aunt got me Rogue Warrior.


That's more of a birthday present.

#26 Posted by Basm321 (127 posts) -

@soylentgreen: You realize that this is a VIDEO GAME WEBSITE... On the INTERNET... Where people use COMPUTERS to converse...? What the fuck are you expecting?

OT: The most disappointing present I received was from a grandma who knew I wore black shirts a lot. She got me about a dozen completely random black shirts. Some had bands I had never heard of, I think one was a jack Daniels (whiskey) shirt... I was about 12... Also I have always (and still do) dislike shirts with any sort of image or writing on them.

#27 Edited by SoylentGreen (254 posts) -

@basm321: @oldirtybearon: Haha, maybe using that hashtag put me in the wrong light. If getting a gift has any meaning to you guys other than the (hopefully nice) thought behind it, then that's the shitty part. Who cares if you get socks or something? Someone thought about you, thought that you needed socks, and went out of their way to get you socks. Come on, duders. Getting a "bad" gift is a good "problem" to have, in the grand scheme of things.

#28 Posted by hermes (1388 posts) -

My parents are not into most of my hobbies, so most of my presents have been clothes. I have a lot more shirts and underpants that I will ever need.

One of the only times they did, they gave me one of those NES cartridges with "hundreds of games", of course, they were only a handful with different switches on... Very disappointing.

#29 Edited by Christoffer (1763 posts) -

A can of Axe Deodorant. I'm not a huge fan of strongly scented grooming products to begins with. And, yeah, I'm not 10 years old.

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#31 Posted by Verendus (348 posts) -

I've never received bad christmas presents. Sure, some have been "Boring" (can't think of better word) but I'll take anything and be grateful about the fact that the person saw the trouble getting something for me.

As boring as it sounds, it's the thought that matters to me, not necessarily what I get.

#32 Posted by Danteveli (1165 posts) -

007 Racing and thw Athens Olympic game!

#33 Posted by Marcsman (3130 posts) -

A Football Jersey 2 sizes too small.

#34 Edited by SMTDante89 (2552 posts) -

Probably a bunch of toy rescue vehicles with lights and sounds, such as firetrucks, ambulances, police cars, etc. when I was three years old.

Not because they were terrible gifts, mind you, but because of timing. Just a couple of weeks before Christmas, my mother and I were involved in a terrible car accident involving a coal truck that was pretty traumatizing. There are only two things I really remember from the crash, my mom's face (because she had cut her face and was bleeding a good bit, which probably explains my fear of extreme amounts of blood, though that's getting better) and the sirens. So anytime they tried to start the toys up, I'd scream and cry, so they took the batteries out so I'd actually play with them.

#35 Edited by YoThatLimp (1883 posts) -

@oldirtybearon said:

@soylentgreen said:

The idea of someone thinking "this is a shitty gift" is horrifying. At least you got one?

#firstworldproblems

Yeah no. Life don't work that way. Just because life is horrid for other people in other parts of the world doesn't make our situations any less important/stressful/shitty to us.

I love Matthew Good as much as the next guy, but I want to kneecap him for starting that "first world problems" bullshit.

A human being went out of their way to fulfill the social contract of a gift, and purchased something for you to make you feel good. Even if given the worst gift, that is still pretty awesome and nice.

#36 Edited by Gruebacca (506 posts) -

My parents got me some shower spray cleaners and some rough sponges as some sort of joke for me to clean my bathroom.

#37 Posted by Franstone (1103 posts) -

My very large family spends xmas eve at my grandmother's house every year.
We even have someone dressed as Santa to show up for about a half hour or so to hand out gifts in pre-filled Santa sack.
Historically I either got a horrible gift or was completely overlooked and went home sad.
One year my gift was in a rather large box which got me pretty damn excited considering my history at this event.
I tore the wrapping paper off all excited as I could be.
Once the wrapping was off you could see my gift was stashed in an old faded popcorn machine box.
I tore the box open with excitement wordering what this mysterious gift could be!!
An old popcorn machine...
For an 11 year old (just guessing the age but I was young).

#38 Edited by ghostyTrickster (282 posts) -

A book of devotions and a bible. I'm an atheist.

It was from distant relatives though and I never bring up my religious beliefs so I understand why they wouldn't know, but still a bible seems like a bad gift especially in the South where I'm pretty sure a bible comes pre-installed in all new houses.

#39 Edited by wolf_blitzer85 (5251 posts) -

Blues Brothers 2000 on N64.

After that I realized it was time to buy my own games.

#40 Posted by Equal_Opportunity_Destroyer497 (558 posts) -

Batman and Robin for the SNES. It was the only game I got for Christmas that year which somehow made that game even shittier. I always had great Christmas' as far as gaming goes so that one stands out a lot.

#41 Posted by Video_Game_King (36122 posts) -

Do these headaches and the general malaise I've been feeling count?

#42 Edited by HerbieBug (4212 posts) -

Christmas last year. My father. He knew we were getting together for Christmas well in advance (we don't always). I gave him a nice card and a gift certificate to a restaurant that he and his wife enjoy. He in turn gave me an excuse about how he had been too busy to get me anything. -_____-

Ten minutes of mildly uncomfortable conversation follows. He then pulls out his wallet and hands me some cash. This was last year, mind you. I was 29 at the time and make more money than he does. For him to push $50 on me that he has yanked out of his wallet just then because he felt bad about forgetting to get me anything... that was extra shitty.

A book of devotions and a bible. I'm an atheist.

It was from distant relatives though and I never bring up my religious beliefs so I understand why they wouldn't know, but still a bible seems like a bad gift especially in the South where I'm pretty sure a bible comes pre-installed in all new houses.

Here ya go. :)

#43 Posted by The_Ruiner (1023 posts) -

Top 5 worst games ever..

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#44 Posted by Wolfgame (695 posts) -

I remember me and my older brother deciding to get christmas gifts for each other(this was about 10-11 years ago), we both found out what each other wanted, I recall getting him a video game he requested, he disregarded my list and bought a cheap patrick the star plushie... I have it around somewhere, I don't recall being ungrateful, but in retrospect that was disappointing

#45 Edited by Tireyo (6409 posts) -

Fruitcakes, a few toys, and toilet paper.

#46 Posted by hippocrit (237 posts) -

@soylentgreen: the thought is always sweet and appreciated. The physical gift can still suck.

#47 Posted by BD_Mr_Bubbles (1698 posts) -

Horse shit, quite literally I was about 7 or 8 and we've always had horses. My asshole step dad (at the time not anymore) thought it would be funny to go outside scoop up some horse shit and wrap it in a shoe box with news paper inside and put it under the tree with my name on it.

#48 Edited by crithon (3081 posts) -

Spelunker

#49 Posted by Wolfgame (695 posts) -

Horse shit, quite literally I was about 7 or 8 and we've always had horses. My asshole step dad (at the time not anymore) thought it would be funny to go outside scoop up some horse shit and wrap it in a shoe box with news paper inside and put it under the tree with my name on it.

If anyone can beat that... I will be shocked

#50 Edited by NTM (7288 posts) -

My parents never gave me any bad presents, but some of the extended family has. I don't know what was the worst.