Women Share the Worst Gifts They Ever Received

Women Share the Worst Gifts They Ever Received

Is it really the thought that counts? Several women share some gifts that make you wonder!


By Wendy Robinson

I love thinking about and shopping for gifts. I shop all year round for the holidays and love the little thrill that comes with finding the perfect little something for someone I care about. Gifts are my love language. So, of course, the universe has a sense of humor and I ended up married to someone who regularly has to “run a quick errand” at 4 p.m. on the eve of most holidays or at 7 p.m. the day before my birthday. To give him credit though, in the 10 years we’ve been together, he has given me many lovely gifts. But then there is also the lava lamp and the collector’s edition action movies (which he happens, oh so coincidentally, to love).

Bad gifts can happen in even the best relationships, as my good friend Ella found out the first year she exchanged gifts with her now-husband. She got him plane tickets to somewhere warm and tropical. He got her a key chain. And Ella isn’t the only one who has had to force a smile after a gift misfire. Here are some other stories of “well, I guess it is the thought that counts…”

  • Elsbeth’s partner got her half a cow for Valentine’s Day. It is in their basement deep freezer.
  • Robin’s now-ex-husband gave her a pair of earrings … that used to belong to his first wife, a woman known in their house as “the shrew.”
  • Sara’s husband got her “Bath & Body Works gift set ... in a scent he knew I didn't like ... still in the bag from the store ... with the price tags still on and receipt in the bag.”
  • Sheila (who doesn’t like to cook) got spices and a cookbook from her husband.
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  • Laura got a “push present” after a long and difficult pregnancy – a necklace and bracelet set … and a bunch of fitness DVDs purchased from an infomercial.

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  • Mindy’s mother-in-law gave her horseback riding lessons even though “she knows I’m terrified of horses.” To be fair, I don’t know if this is better or worse than the long sleeved, high-necked, flannel night gown Mindy’s mother-in-law gave her at her bridal shower with a note that said “to wear on your honeymoon!”
  • Cindy’s husband gave her a rice cooker. When she opened the box, she found a note that said, “To Cindy and Tom on your wedding day!” (They’ve been married three years and apparently the rice cooker was from a coworker and had been in Tom’s office since then).

What is the worst gift you’ve ever received?


Wendy Robinson is a writer, working mom and graduate student. Someday she'd like to sleep in again. She also blogs at www.athleticmonkey.wordpress.com.

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I got a cheesy card and 3 candy bars.

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My now ex-husband was going to build me a window seat for our bedroom. The first Christmas in the house he gave me a book with a picture of the window seat and a 3 ft long hinge so the seat could open up for storage. He never built the seat and fast forward 16 years later I still have the hinge and the "how to build it" book. LOL!!!

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My ex-husband charged $1,000 to my account for new tires and rims for my car for my birthday and then used my credit card to buy me wood working machines for my birthday... It's even worse when you end up having to pay for these stupid things yourself!

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My husband gave me a trash can with candy filled to the brim for Mother's Day. I'm diabetic and he knows this.

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