Post # 1
Okay Bees, I’m going to preface this with a disclaimer:
** I, linguo42, am fully and completely aware that no one is required to give a gift for any or all events, parties, or other shenanigans that I may hold or that may be held for me, and therefore I have no etiquette-compliant right to pass judgement on any or all gifts that are given to me regardless. **
That said, have you ever gotten a gift where you went, “okay, this is just insulting”?
My Maid/Matron of Honor is really good friends with someone we both went to high school with, let’s call her Jane. I don’t see Jane very much these days and neither of us has made much effort to hang out. She’s a really sweet girl, but I consider her more of an acquaintance than a friend.
Anyway, my bridesmaids held a surprise shower for me before my wedding, a very small affair with just a few close friends. Jane was not invited, nor was she invited to the wedding. However, she decided to send a gift along with my Maid/Matron of Honor for the shower anyway. Totally sweet of her, right?
The gift was a lacy white bustier/panty set. I pulled it out of the tissue paper…and immediately saw a prominent line from a blue pen streaked across one of the bra cups. Maid/Matron of Honor saw me looking at it and went, “I know, right? Jane told me the salesgirl did that when she was handing over the pen for Jane to sign. She said she was so pissed off, but she thought you might need to exchange it for a different size anyway, so she just let it go.”
I have no words.
Anybody else have a gift-but-not-really-a-gift doozy they want to share?
Post # 3
That is….not….cool. 🙁
The worst present I’ve ever received was a feather duster. I got it for Christmas from my Aunt when I was around 12. She hoped that it would “encourage me to keep my room clean because she noticed that I was having problems with that.”
Post # 4
I got expired cans of food from one of my mom’s friends at my bridal shower. It was hard to keep a straight face when I opened that gift…
Post # 5
well my stepmom is always buying me clothing that is way to small, and buys me gift certificates to stores that i clearly cannot shop at.
Post # 6
Riiiight. I’m sure it was in the damaged bin for like 80% off. Oh well, send her a generic thank you and be done with it.
Post # 7
@Mrs. Spring: HAHAHA oh my god I’m so sorry but that just totally cracked me up. It reminds me of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation where Aunt Bethany wraps up a jello mold and her cat. What is wrong with people? LOL
Post # 8
This one happened to a friend — another friend boxed up random crap from her house and gave it to her as a wedding present. Like, a pad of paper in a yellowing plastic yellow holder to put next to your phone for messages… in a box that had seen better days. Best part? Upon inspection, all had clearance price tags on them. From a store that went out of business five years prior!!!!!!! Yep, just random crap she had in her attic….
Post # 9
It’s a bit odd, but are you that offended? Did she include a reciept? Go exchange…
Post # 10
@vmec: Well, if it actually happened at the counter and she noticed it, she should have had the salesgirl exchange it for another one right then and there. Would you knowingly give someone a gift with such an obvious defect on it?
There’s no receipt, and honestly, would you buy that story if you were working at the counter when I tried to take that back?
I haven’t lost any sleep over it, trust me. If she wanted to blow money on something I can’t use, that’s her problem. I just thought it was worth sharing.
Post # 11
@blu77: Wow. Garage sale chic, gotta love it 😉
Post # 12
My Future Mother-In-Law gave my Fiance, (her son), a bottle of vitamin C for christmas. 500 count from Costco. That’s all she gave him. It came as a two pack and she kept the other bottle for herself. Everyone was speechless. The same year she picked out her own gifts from her husband, (FI’s step-dad). For herself she buoght a diamond necklace and earring set.
Post # 13
@linguo42: The only part I’d be like WTF about is the no reciept. Otherwise, I’d take the gift scrub that shit out and sport it 🙂 afterall it’s a bra…
Post # 14
@Mrs. Spring: wow – that one trumps all, IMO. Sounds like the Christmas gifts we get from a certain older ‘aunty’ type in our family… it’s now turned into a bit of an amusing game to see what she comes up with!
Post # 15
When I was around 11 or 12 my grandma gave me a silk babydoll nightie. Like lingerie. Why does a little kid need that?! She’s bizarre.
Darling Husband is infamous for giving me presents with the disclaimer of “Well I wanted to get you ____ but they didn’t have any in stock in the five stores I went to, so I got you this instead so you’d have something to open. Here’s the receipt so you can go exchange it when they have the real thing in stock.” Gee thanks hon. You shouldn’t have. Really. The gift of waiting in line in the post-Christmas exchange/refund rush is just oh so awesome. Sigh. LOL!
Post # 16
My aunt gave me a little ceramic swan thing for my wedding gift. The kind that looks like it’s from the dollar store. Luckily she doesn’t visit my house so we were able to donate it.