Parents Confess the Strangest Gifts Anyone Ever Got Their Kids

Parents Confess the Strangest Gifts Anyone Ever Got Their Kids

A gourmet mustard sampler … for a 1-year-old?!


By Jeanne Sager

There’s no etiquette book in the world that can prepare a parent for that time their kids tear open their birthday wrapping paper and discover one of the guests grabbed something random out of their pantry or garage, covered it in paper and tape, and shoved it on the gift pile. Of course you smile graciously, encourage your child to thank the gift giver, but what you really want to do is scream, “Who does this?!”

Not sure what kind of gift could elicit that sort of response? Behold some of the oddest gifts kids have gotten for their birthdays:

  1. “A small taster set of a variety of mustards. For her first birthday. Granted she was into mustard, but it was a first birthday. From her uncle. It's kind of classic. And awesomely weird. There were like 10 little glass jars. Kicker … now she hates mustard.” -- Heather
  2. “Neti pot. Age 1.” -- Karen
  3. “My daughter was given a box of cake mix and can of frosting for her fifth birthday from a party guest.” -- Nan
  4. “Someone gave my 3-year-old a box of fake nails, all adult-sized. It was creepy.” -- Jen
  5. “My 30-year-old sister gave my son a pedometer for his third birthday and again for his fourth.” -- Carrie
  6. “A taxidermied armadillo, which she loved!” -- Tom, dad of a 9-year-old girl.

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  1. “A friend my son didn’t know well got him a giant hockey net. We live in a tiny apartment.” - Christine
  2. “My son got a giant pool float shaped like a poop emoji. We keep it in the pool in the hopes a satellite flies over and it ends up on Google Earth.” -- Sakinah
  3. “A size 14 hoodie for a 2-year-old …” -- Jen
  4. “[My daughter got a] stuffed pickle toy that had a frightening laugh that sounded like something from a nightmare when you shook it. She liked it but we eventually ‘lost it’ on the subway.” -- Annie
  5. “My son’s grandparents wrapped a box of cheese crackers and gave it to him.” -- Julie
  6. “It wasn’t for my kid, but I admit I bought a six-pack of soap for a little boy’s birthday once. It was on his wish list!” -- Jeanna
  7. “My in-laws once brought my son all the balloons from a political fundraiser -- 40+ helium balloons. It was something.” -- Mesa
  8. “A huge box of ramen noodle soup cups.” -- Jess



Jeanne Sager is a freelance writer, photographer and social media junkie. She lives in upstate New York with her husband, daughter, and way too many pets. You can follow her @JeanneSager.

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