These 37 Funny Christmas Gifts Are So Bad, They're Good
Stressing about finding the perfect gift? Trust us: Whatever you come up with is going to be miles better than what these unfortunate souls received.
Between misunderstandings to gifts that are straight-up sad, these stories shared on Reddit and Facebook of funny Christmas gift will raise your gift-giving self-esteem and Christmas cheer in one go. What's the worst present you've ever received?
A Gift Card Holder
"This was actually really funny. It was from my grandmother. I unwrapped it, and it was a little tin box. I opened the box, and there was a fake gift card there, like an indication of this is where you put the gift card. And I just looked at her like ... what is it or what's going on? And she goes, 'It's a gift-card holder. You can put all your gift cards in there.'
And I just started laughing saying noooo, you are supposed to put a gift card in here to give to someone! It was really cute though. Bless her heart." - ShekhMaShierakiAnni
A Useless Computer Mouse
"One year when I was a kid, my parents bought me a computer mouse. What makes it bad is that I didn't have a computer and had been asking for one for years." - GildedFire
A Gaming Guide, Minus the Game
"A guide to Pokemon Crystal. Not the video game, but the guide. I didn't even have the video game." - LiquidLogiK
A Rock. Just a Rock.
"A few years ago my aunt gave me a rock. She gave presents to me and my two older cousins and said its time for the big girls to open their gifts. She made my cousins go first, and they got scarves, and I opened my present and pulled a rock out of the package and looked up waiting for her to laugh, and she said, 'Isn't it wonderful?' So I had to be like yeah, I loooove it!! She then told me that she had dug it out of her garden the previous summer, and she knew that I would think it is sooo cool.
The following year, she gave me acorn tops because 'some people know how to use them to whistle and I don't know how to show you or explain, but I'm sure you can figure it out.' She is a tad eccentric. Both were pretty terrible presents." - Gennieb7
Even Better: A USB Rock
"This Christmas we did a white elephant gift exchange (or whatever people call it). I ended up with a USB pet rock.
It's a rock attached to a USB cord. When you plug it in, it does nothing (because it's a rock). The only use I found for it was to swing the cord around and hit people with the rock." -Velawesomeraptors
Coal. No Joke.
"Literally coal. Straight-A student, never got in fights, helped in the community, never talked back, helped around the house and paid for everything I owned with jobs since I was 12.
Sister got a Gamegear (dating myself I know) along with games as her stocking stuffer, let alone her other presents. I got a piece of coal. After the laughter died down, I asked if I could open my real presents to be told that WAS my present. When asked why and what I did to deserve it, I was told 'You didn't do anything wrong, I thought it would be funny.'" - Emotionallyempty
A Used Cookbook
"A used cookbook, graciously given to me by the same people that gave my little sister a full snowboarding set, snowboard and all that other stuff you use when you snowboard." - Oddballs
101 Dalmatians Markers, About 15 Years Late
"My grandparents got me a previously used, incomplete set of '101 Dalmations' markers. I was 22 at the time." -Freethought923
Presents the Recipient Bought Themselves
"I decided to invest in some new video games for myself and had them sent to my house. The strange thing was I had only received half of the games. I emailed the suppliers and told them I hadn't gotten my packages yet and was growing quite sad.
Well, Christmas morning came around, and I was opening up my presents. I got to the one from my older brothers. I tore the paper away and opened the box. Inside, there were several other packages that had been mailed to our house. With my name on them. My brother had taken half of my games and hid them from me until Christmas ... worst present ever." - I_am_paperclip
"One year when my brother was around 15, he was dead set on opening one specific present, and my mom gave in and let him choose that one as the one he got to open on Christmas Eve. He opened it, and it was a wooden box similar to this one.
He was so shocked that it was just a box, and he kept yelling, 'THAT'S IT? IT'S A BOX!?' over and over again." -Ryanoh
An Origami Kit
"Origami kits. For some reason, I get one every year. I am awful at origami so just end up giving them away." - Gaelfling
"NASCAR earrings. My dad won them in a claw machine." - DoingTreeScience
Long Johns in Florida
"I live in sunny South Florida. My boss gave me long johns. The only time I wear them is around the office to scare the middle-aged women." - Mra99
A Used Wallet
"This year my little brother gave me a wallet. Not so bad, but it was obviously about 10 years old and really just a crappy wallet. He is 9, and I know he was trying hard, so I thanked him and told him it was a great gift.
Later that night, he comes to me looking really troubled and confesses to me that he only gave me the wallet because he had been broke for a few months and hadn't used it. He also didn't expect to get money for Christmas, but he did, and now he was worried he was going to lose it if he didn't get a wallet. I gave him back the wallet." - SansaS
Literally, that was one Reddit user's entire gift.
Another user responded, "Wow, that's better than mine. The first year at family Christmas with my now-wife, her Nanna gifted me one pair of socks. But the best part was it was one pair of sports socks you get in a pack of 10. So, she bought a pack and just wrapped one pair for me."
(Another) Rice Cooker
"I'm ALWAYS grateful for anything I receive ... so I wouldn't call this the 'worst' gift, just the least useful. Every year for the past three years my boyfriend's mother gets me a brand-new Black and Decker rice cooker. I don't even make rice that often, but I now own three rice cookers. And, yes, I act surprised every year." - KayEmXS
Framed Bible Verses
"Framed phrases from the Bible. Cheesy, doesn't go with anything in the house, and the frames and glass are cheaply made. Way to go mother-in-law who not so secretly hates me." - Gadarene
Old Cookie Mix
"Expired cookie mix. I kid you not. I got expired cookie mix." - Someguyfromnj
An Empty Pringles Can
"For white elephant, I got stuck with an empty Pringles can with an empty McDonald's gift card. The spending limit was supposed to be $10-15. It wasn't even that funny or awesome." - Czechica
"A coconut. For real. My half-brother's granny used to bring him piles of loot from Florida for Christmas and nothing for me. My mother finally spoke up and said granny had to bring a gift for me, too." - Milloella
A Large Penguin Statue
"This year, the big gift from my parents was a 1.5-foot-tall penguin statue. What am I supposed to do with that?? It's not like my house has a penguin theme. The saddest part is I would feel bad getting rid of it because my parents were so excited to give it to me. It's now sitting in the closet of my spare bedroom." - Potent_potables_
Another user responded, "You can give it to me. I love penguins."
A Pregnancy Test
"A pregnancy test. Very funny, Mom." - Seriousresponses
Was she not-so-subtly requesting grandkids? Talk about pressure!
Rabbits. As a Donation. To Eat.
"A donation in my name of two rabbits to feed a hungry family in a developing country. I had a pet rabbit." - CrunchyLumpia
A Light Bulb
"A light bulb. No card or note or anything. A box with a single light bulb inside. Thanks." - TemroT
"My grandmother got me a box of Proactiv for Christmas. After I opened it, she goes "I didn't want to offend you."" - Restless_Dreams
A Poorly Made Infinity Scarf
"I love my grandmother, but one year, she knit me a hoop scarf and forgot to put a hole in it. It ended up just being a fuzzy pink sock for my head! And not in a cute beanie way!" - Bethany Allen
A Bag of Sheep With the Best Intentions
"I have an aunt who is mentally ill, and I always get the strangest gifts from her. Last year, I got a bag of tiny plastic sheep. The year before, I got Disney footie pajamas that were many sizes too large. Another year I got an 8-gallon container of mouthwash." - Tornato7
A Dog Coffee Mug
"A coffee cup from my friend. You know the ones with your name on it. But she couldn't find any left in my name, so she just got one that said 'Dog.' Wasn't technically the worst gift, but made everyone laugh." -Amy Sampson
"My late grandfather's second wife sent me a letter around Christmas when I was 18. She gave me the gift of advice ... advice to not settle down and make sure I play the field as much as I can in my youth. I'll admit that despite grossing me out a fair amount, I can never quite decide if that was the worst or best Christmas gift I ever received." - Katriya Scott
3D Posters for the Wrong Recipient
"My mom bought me one of those 3D posters that were all the rage in the '90s, but I am blind in one eye." - Starringbecca
"A stick. Yep, my father decided to do a lucky dip for X-mas. It included things stolen from our rooms — sticks, rocks, etc. The good stuff we got, we ended up having to swap to get our own stuff back." - Angela Johnson
It would have been a great gift, if only Angela were a canine.
"I literally received a kilo of plain flour." - Jessica Louise Smith
We hope Jessica made amazing cookies and refused to share any with the stingy gift-giver.
"My son got me size 9 football boots. I am not size 9, and I don't play football. Funnily enough, he was size 9." - Mandy Lennen
"When I was 11, my mum gave me underwire bras for Christmas ... the ones that my nana used to wear! What was she thinking!?!?!?" - Sammy Mishull
An Unpleasant Gift From Nature
"[I got] my very first period, seriously traumatizing me on Christmas morning at age 12. Thanks a lot, uterus." - Biznefay
The original author deleted his account, but his depressing post read, "Well, this Christmas, I received no presents at all. To add to that, my wife told me she was leaving me on Christmas Day. So, my worst present is getting negative presents."
Another user offered a positive spin, though: "If she's the kind of person that'd do that to you, that's probably going to turn out to be a good Christmas present in the long run." - Eloth
A Single Lego
"My brother would rap up individual Lego blocks. He was like 10." - Farawaycircus