I’m a huge fan of “tops”, and “best and worst” lists. It’s always fun to see what people classify as the “worst” or “best” of random things – Like “the worst” wedding proposals, or “the best” fortune cookie fortunes.
I decided to do a list of my own in light of the upcoming Christmas holiday. I scoured the internet in search of what people considered the worst Christmas gifts they’ve ever received. Here are my top 8 in no particular order:
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1. A Pink Fur Poncho
As submitted to Parenting.com -
“One year my mother gave me a light pink rabbit fur poncho.
1) I have not worn pink my entire life.
2) I am allergic to rabbit and my mother knows this. And
3) Um... it was a PONCHO! I will never forget that my girlfriend, who was with me when I opened it, casually took it away from me and said, ‘Friends don't let friends wear ponchos.’"
- Victoria S. Gartrell
2. A Cleaning Trolley
My cleaning trolley -
A job is a job, and there's nothing wrong with being a cleaning lady. With that being said, I do want my children to aspire to be something a little more um... noble. This "girls only" toy will have your little lady reaching for the skies... or at least those stubborn dust bunnies.
3. A Bob-A-Loop
Richard Gottlieb, chief executive of USA Toy Experts and publisher of Global Toy News -
"The Bob-a-Loop was certainly the worst toy I ever received. In fact, it may have been the worst toy ever made. It consisted on one end of a pointed stick which you could poke in your eye, and that was attached by a string to a heavy wooden barrel with a hole in it that you could smash into your head. The idea was to flip the barrel into the air and by jerking the stick abruptly back toward your head, causing the barrel to land on the stick. This was, of course, impossible for any child, much less me."
4. A Fertility Goddess
As submitted to Parenting.com -
“A student gave me a large statue of a naked fertility goddess! That was awkward—I taught 4th grade.”
- Heather Robison Prussia
5. A Bad Trip
Submitted to Fox 31 news website in Denver -
“One year my ex-husband wrapped me an itinerary for a trip to Australia. Not too sure how he got the dates on it without actually paying for the trip. Anyway, apparently the trip was contingent on him getting approval for a new credit card, which apparently did not happen either, and so I was left holding a useless itinerary, with no trip. Perhaps it came in handy for scratch paper."
6. A Ring Mug
I find this gift to be so tacky that it's fabulous! I'd rock this bling with my morning cup of joe any day... Normal people?... Maybe not so much. -
Blind the office with bling with this chavtastic mug with a handle made out of sovereign rings, yours for only £5.99 from iwantoneofthose.com
7. A Cupcake Car
Found on www.grist.org -
Cupcake Car, $25,000
"Dallas-based Neiman Marcus said it made a conscious effort to offer more affordable options while not disappointing loyal luxury shoppers..."
Comment: And, indeed, we are not disappointed.
8. Singing Underwear
Jim Caroompas of Martinez.Patch.com -
"I used to, every year, get singing underwear. Yes, and singing socks, too. The giver was my then-spouse, and she delighted at my consternation to hear undergarments playing a digital rendition of a Christmas song. I suspect her intention, while fun, had a darker tinge that almost made receiving these gifts ok."