Redditors Share The Biggest “WTF” Gift They Ever Received

By Sana Ahmad - December 11, 2019

We bet like us, you guys also get super excited as your birthday, anniversary or the holidays approach because, HELLO, these are also the times when your near and dear ones put in that extra effort to pamper you without fail; and not just with best wishes and flattering compliments but materialistically too (isn’t that the catch people :p) !!! So, needless to say, each one of us eagerly wait for these occasions to arrive. Also, don’t you just love it when the time to unwrap the presents finally is upon you. Are you one of the patient ones who take extra care while unwrapping so as to not tear the wrapping paper or one of those who have a really difficult time suppressing the urge to tear open the gifts as soon as they are handed over to you?  

Some of us have the habit of making a wish list well in advance and making sure people stick to the same while others just want to be surprised. However, sometimes the surprise is not so flattering after all!! We totally agree that what matters is not ‘how much they spend on the gift’ but the efforts and gestures behind the same. But folks, let us not deny the fact that all of us have that one person(s) who adamantly gets us the worst presents one could think of every single year and we have no choice but to revert with a fake ‘Thank you so much. I just love this.’

Read ahead to find out the worst presents received by 31 of these Redditors….


When Mom Gets Kitchen Stuff In Your Name

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“One year i came home for Christmas and my mom had been asking me what i wanted for Christmas and i told her i didn’t want anything , i had everything i need and not to get me anything.

Well, come Christmas morning there were a number of gifts with my name on them… we always hand out the gifts first and we each had a pretty decent pile..

We always start with the youngest and go up so i was like 4th or 5th in line , an everyone had pretty normal gifts…. gloves, PJs, , usual winter gift stuff.

My turn comes up, i probably have probably 8 or 9 small packages to open. I open the first one and its a box of hamburger helper… i laughed and was like, uh thanks mom…and then i continue…after 3 boxes of hamburger/tuna helper there’s a couple cans of chef boyardee and spaghettios and i’m like… do you think I’m not eating or something, or are you trying to kill me? What’s with all the random food?

Her response? “No, I just felt bad that you didn’t have anything to open on Christmas! You can go put those back in the cabin when you’re done.” 

Thanks, mom.” (iamhyphenated)

Crappy Christmas Gift From Boss

Credits: Quickmeme

“A co-worker of mine won a radio show contest where people were invited to describe the crappiest office gift they ever got. My friend was the secretary of an IT company and her boss gave her a plastic bowl for Christmas. And it wasn’t even a nice plastic bowl. The first time she put it in the microwave, it melted. She won the contest and got a $100 gift card to Outback Steak House. Her boss insisted she take him since it was his crappy gift that caused her to win the contest.” (EGoldenRule)

Cheap Uncle Gifts Free Stuff

Credits: Pinterest

My uncle is notoriously cheap. One year he gave me a magazine that had Ichiro Suzuki on the cover. It was a free magazine (as it stated on the bottom of the cover). Another year he also gave me a free t-shirt he had gotten for running a race. Possibly the best, was the birthday gift he gave my dad one year- a McDonalds Happy Meal toy.” (BooksandPandas)

Sister Forgets To Buy Present, Gifts Lawn Ornament From Her Backyard

Credits: Makeameme

“When I was in college my sister gave me a Donald Duck cement lawn ornament for Christmas. It weighed at least 40 pounds. I didn’t have a lawn, and I didn’t like Donald Duck. She has an excessive amount of lawn ornaments in her yard. I suspect that she realized that she hadn’t gotten me anything as she was getting into her car and just grabbed the closest thing.” (SpendLessLiveMore)

Grandma Gets The Size Wrong

Credits: Imgflip

“I got a bunch of clothes one year for Christmas from my grandma. I was super excited about getting all these clothes because my mom was making me buy all my own clothes at that time (I was 12). Then I see the sizes. They are sized for someone who is six years younger than me. So my sister got all my clothes.

ETA: This blew up like crazy! Y’all more than doubled my karma. Much love to everyone who responded. I’m working my way through the responses, and I’m really trying to respond to everyone. It might take a month, but I’ll get there!” (Anghara_Kaliga)

Parents Kind Of Broke The Kid’s Heart

Credits: Imgflip

“When I was a kid, I was obsessed with film (I still am) and wanted nothing more than a video camera, and in the late 90’s they weren’t cheap for a young teenager. I told my parents for 2 years that I wanted a mini dv camera, as their old VHS was horrible quality and enormous. Christmas came that second year and I got some clothes, candy, and a video game. Then they said, “Oh yeah, we have two more things for you, open this one first.”, I opened the first gift and it was a nice camera tripod, I opened the second smaller box and it was a nice camera bag/case. I looked at my parents confused and they said, “When you buy your own camera, these will come in handy.” (CatCityMayer)

When The Gift Turns Out To Be Useless

Credits: 9gag

“Barbecue sauce.

I was in the Navy and the MWR reps got $20k to just spend on gifts and what not for a Christmas raffle. They were giving away Xbox Ones, PS4s, fit bits, beats headphones, Bose headphones, designer purses, a lot of good stuff! So all 200+ of us have tickets and we’re waiting for our numbers to be called out. A pack of Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce gets pulled out and I’m the lucky winner. Out of all the stuff in that $20k pile of stuff I get BBQ sauce. We’re on a ship! We have no access to a kitchen! Also who the hell buys BBQ sauce for a CHRISTMAS gift raffle!?

Edit: I was mostly upset that I got the sauce 1 month into the deployment we were on. We had 8 more months to go and I had no access to the kitchen on board.” (princessyuki07)

Step Grandma And Her Weird Gifts


“Wasn’t me but my cousin, and we all still laugh about this. Her step grandmother was always giving her the strangest gifts (including a she-wee, that helps you pee standing up as a girl) but our favorite was when she got my cousin and her husband a s*x painting canvas. It’s a large tarp where you cover yourself and your SO in paint and roll around on it while you are doing it to create a “love painting.” My cousin was really shocked to get that from someone who was supposed to be a grandmother figure, as well as from someone she didn’t have the closest relationship with. Still makes me laugh to think about!

Edit: so I talked to my cousin and she and her husband laughed about whether they should do it and frame it and gift it back! Also another fun present she gifted her: a born again doll when she was 16 for Christmas (look it up for full wtf context)

Edit 2: my cousin (receiver of the gift) u/Hejjuh commented down below to add some more info! She is the keeper of all the fabulous stories surrounding this woman!” (ladylizardlvr)

Dead Creatures For Christmas Courtesy Little Brother

Credits: Imgflip

When I was about 10 my little brother (only 3 or so) was very sweet and told my parents he had a present for me but didn’t want anyone to see and wanted to wrap it himself. Christmas morning comes and I’m very moved by the shoebox sized gift my little brother taped up as best he could and made my Mom wrap for him. He excitedly brought it over and I noticed it was pretty light but his eyes were giddy with excitement for me to open it. I figured it was a hand drawn picture or something and so I made a big show about being excited to see what was inside. As I started to remove the tape from the box I noticed a little odd smell but figured it was just because the old box was in the basement. When I finally got the lid open and my brother excitedly exclaimed “Merry Christmas” I got to see what he was so excited about for the past two weeks. The box contained a dead hummingbird that had run into the window, an earthworm, and a few scattered saltines in case the worm and bird got hungry. Best present ever, but definitely WTF.” (Jelz)

Creepy Guy From Office Gets Expensive Stuff

Credits: Makeameme

Guy I worked with in community college bought me a pair of gorgeous diamond stud earrings.

It was WTF because:

We had never spoken before that day.

We weren’t even acquaintances because we worked in different departments.

He used this very expensive gift to ask me out.

He asked me out for the weekend. At his place.

His exact first words were “You look like a woman who knows she deserves the finer things. Merry Christmas.”

It was July.

Needless to say, I did not accept. He started arguing that he’d bought this beautiful gift and why wasn’t I thankful?? I tried to explain that buying a crazy expensive gift for someone who doesn’t know you puts them in a very difficult position, one I didn’t appreciate being put in, but he wasn’t having it.

My coworker who worked the desk with me had to tell him (with a lot of cuss words and a couple threats bless him) that the dude needed to back the hell down.

That was the end of it for a while. Like two or three months. He never spoke to or bothered me again.

Then I came into work one day and heard he’d been fired. A bunch of people were asking if I was okay and had he tried to do anything to me.

I was freaked out and confused.

I found out he had put a dead rat in the cabinet under where I stood at the service desk with a note that said something like “just reminding you what you mean to me”. I’m paraphrasing my coworker’s paraphrase there because they wouldn’t let me read it.

Anyhoo that’s the story of how I got offered a desk job in the back and a 75 cent hourly raise.

Edit: lots of people commenting r/niceguys. This is my official permission for someone to post it there if they want. I’m sure if I did I’d just look like I wanted karma.” (SuddenTerrible_Haiku)

Weird Dude From The Grocery Store

Credits: Makeameme

I had a weird frail dude with a large, visible chest surgery scar chat me up while I stocked pet food at the grocery store where I worked. It was usually quick and I was cordial with him and he’d move on to another aisle to chat with someone else.

One Sunday while we were leveling (tidying products on the shelves) he handed me a thick envelope and said goodbye. In it was a 6 page handwritten letter politely trying to convince me to come to his house on a local farm so he could satisfy me like that! He went into great detail about how satisfying a straight man was his biggest fantasy.

It was creepy but I was a little flattered and felt kind of bad for him. The grocery chain was not a big fan and all of these corporate HR VPs were meeting with me for the next week.

Strange dudes do strange things!” (MustWarn0thers)

Mom And Step Dad Didn’t Get It Right

Credits: Pinterest

“My mum and stepdad got me the “Being a Happy Teenager” book on my 13th (I think) birthday. I had no outward reaction once I opened it other than staring at them blankly as they looked at me with expectant smiles. Inwardly, I was feeling pretty annoyed/insulted/confused but I knew better than to express that to them. Like, even if I was a moody angsty teenager they thought I was (maybe they thought I would be like my brother), were they expecting me to clap for joy at getting a book like that? If anything, I hated showing any sort of expression of emotion to them at all because if I was happy they would keep asking if I had a boyfriend, and if I was not, it was always somehow my fault or me feeling sorry for myself because they had it worse and I’m super lucky. I couldn’t get through that stupid book because it had the most patronizing way of explaining that adults seem crazy because they have so many more responsibilities than you, except responsibility for managing their own emotions, apparently.” (alyeffy)

Can Of Sardines From Grandpa

Credits: Memearsenal

Growing up, my grandpa would spend Christmas with me and my parents but never got me a gift. I never really thought anything of it but asked him one year before Christmas. He said something like, “I’ll get you sardines.” He laughed, I thought he was joking and the conversation was over.

Christmas day comes and there’s actually a gift from him for the first time ever. I was an only child so most presents were for me. It’s in a weird shape so I open it. Sure enough, it was a can of sardines! As a 7 year old, I was pissed. He and my parents thought it was hilarious.

That can of sardines sat in our pantry for years for some reason until I threw it away because I was tired of looking at it.

25 years later, we laugh about it now…..but together this time.

Edit: He hasn’t gotten me a gift ever since.” (FlashyDevelopment)

Portrait Of Prof. Snape For Christmas

Credits: Imgflip

“My mom called me the day Alan Rickman died to ask if I’d heard the news. IIRC it was a little after the holidays, and she told me later in the conversation she had one more surprise Christmas gift she had forgotten to give me.

I did not realize these things were linked until the next time I visited and she surprised me with a portrait of Alan Rickman as Prof. Snape. She said she bought it the day he died, just for me. I have no particular affinity for the actor or the character. It’s also sitting in my closet.” (bradamantium92)

Gifts Picked Up From A Thrift Shop

Credits: Youtube

“I once gave someone a sparkly picture of a moose pasted onto a block of wood for Christmas.

I had a BIL who would always say things about how he believed that people were obligated to give gifts back that were as generous as those they had been given. Basically, if he spent $25 on your birthday gift he expected you to spend at least the same amount on him. It pissed me off to no end. It kind of defeats the purpose of gift giving, doesn’t it?! Also, he was single and lived with his parents rent free and I have kids and a mortgage. Ain’t no way I’m buying anyone an expensive gift just because they got one for me.

In revenge I went shopping for his Christmas gift at the local thrift shop, where I chanced upon the aforementioned piece of art. It was a photograph of a moose that someone had glazed with sparkles and glued to a block of wood about the size of a brick. I also found a crappy old backscratcher.

When Christmas came I put the backscratcher in a bag for him and the moose on wood in my purse. He was very confused and unhappy when he opened the backscratcher and that’s when I said “Just kidding! Just a joke! Here’s your real gift!” I tossed the moose at him and everyone erupted in laughter except for him. It was really funny. I couldn’t stop laughing. He was legitimately angry about it, but I would do it again in a heartbeat! That moment was priceless.” (MaliciousMelissa27)

Mom Went A Little Too Far With The Penguin Theme

Credits: Weheartit

My mum went through a penguin theme with me after she apparently asked me if I liked “March of the Penguins” and I said, “Yeah, it was great!” It started with a penguin poster and then penguin bookmarks. Penguin Christmas decorations, penguin napkin ring, etc. I might have really liked this stuff as a kid; penguins are pretty cool, I guess. But I was 25, just married, setting up my new house. She was so proud of the poster especially, because it was a blown up picture from a famous wildlife photographer, I guess. But all I could see was the penguin-crap covered ice and I just couldn’t put it on my wall.” (prettywannapancake)

Practical Gifts From Nana

Credits: Reddit

I had one of these with my Nana that turned into a Hallmark life lesson.

High School, 1998 or so. At some point in October or so I mentioned casually during a visit that my bedroom was chilly at night. Come Christmas, I open my gift from Nana. A space heater.

As a teenager who was hoping for video games or CDs or other such things, I put on the forced-smile rictus and thanked her for the gift while internally bemoaning all the loot that could have been. I must have been grossly unconvincing because she got a bit anxiously-defensive, “You said your room was cold! I thought it’d help out!”

Later that night we head home, I plug the space heater in when I go to bed because why not?

My god. My god, you all. The DIFFERENCE that space heater made. Actual comfortable sleep for once. No waking up halfway through the night shivering, or getting shocked awake by my foot straying too far from out of the covers.

The next time I went to her house I gave Nana a giant hug, and told her how much better my room was at night with that space heater, and gave her an actual genuine thank you. I didn’t even mind the following “I told you it’d help!”

Ever since that Christmas, when I get something practical for Christmas from Nana, I thank her sincerely, because it WILL be useful. I still use that space heater twenty years after the fact, too.” (Strawberrycocoa)

Grandma Played Favorites

Credits: ImgflipImgf

Christmas morning and Grandma rolls in for gift giving. My sister is 12, I’m 9, my brother is 5. My grandma was a bit nuts and played favorites like some old ladies play Bingo; Loudly and aggressively. The order of favoritism follows our birth order. My sisters gift- $100 cash and a gift wrapped scarf and glove set from Macy’s

Me-$ $20 cash in a regular postal envelope. Just cash, no card or anything.

My little brother- A Kid Cuisine in a Food Lion bag

Poor kid even opened the box hoping upon hope that there was some cash in the TV dinner box. It’s funny now, but damn was he sad that morning.” (TheSkinnyJ)

When 16th Birthday Kind Of Sucked

Credits: Pinterest

“Was nearing my 16th birthday and my family kept dropping hints about a car. Wasn’t expecting anything newer than ten years old as we were barely middle class. A car would have been great as waiting for my mom to drop me off/pick me up from work sucked. For 3 damn months they kept asking me about what I thought of certain cars. Talking about how I’d have to learn how to do basic maintenance. How to keep it clean looking so people wouldn’t think badly of me when I got a car. The day comes and there’s a box just big enough to hold a small item such as a car key. They gather round and proudly hand it me. As I open it I realize it’s a hot wheels car. They didn’t even spring for a new one. They gave me a broken hot wheels car from a toy box I didn’t realize I still had.


To everyone asking, I was in no way thinking I would be handed a car when I turned 16 because I felt entitled. I knew we were borderline poor growing up. THEY started dropping these hints and leading me on about a car. I fully expected to have to buy my once I had enough money saved up. Yes they were idiots to pull that kinda crap, but we moved past it and they helped me down the road upgrade to a nicer used pickup when I was 19.” (Bless_all_the_knees)

Millionaire Sister Gifts Notoriously

Credits: Quickmeme

My sister is notorious for giving the worst gifts. She is a millionaire but you would never know it. One year she gave me a used pie pan that still had food on it, along with an expired box of cake mix. Another year she gave me a membership to the Smithsonian Museum (she got it for free), however I live in Indiana and the Smithsonian is in DC. Another year she got me used king-sized sheets and my bed is a queen. This year she gave me my Christmas gift early…a small wooden cutting board from Groupon that has my wedding date on it…except it’s the wrong date!” (DareWright)

Boyfriend’s Aunt Gets A-Not-So-Cool Gift

Credits: Imgflip

My boyfriend’s Aunt gave me a ‘build your own insect terrarium’ kit at the secret santa gift exchange. It’s the kind where you have to go outside and find bugs with a cheap magnifier glass and put them in a plastic fish tank looking thing. Cool gift for a 10 year old, not so cool for a mid-20s female professional with a well-known fear of anything creepy crawly. When we got home I realized that the box had been previously opened. I’m pretty sure she regifted something her son had received.” (quilles)

Monogrammed Towel As An Engagement Present

Credits: Makeameme

Let me preface saying I never complain about gifts, I am grateful just for my friends and family to be apart of my life.

My fiancé’s sister and husband sent us our engagement gift as opposed to bringing it to our engagement party.

A couple days after the party we get a package and my fiancé thinks it’s from them. We open it and its one towel. One single towel. My fiancé was confused for a second but then forgot she ordered a towel for herself. We laughed about it and we joked why would they order us just one towel?

A couple days later we get the actual gift from her sister and husband. It was a towel. One monogrammed towel.” (peterpeterny)

Boyfriend Who Was Probably Crazy

Credits: Makeameme

My first boyfriend gave me a wooden box with a padlock on it for Christmas one year, handed me the key and told me not to open it until I got home.

I opened it and inside was a little jar of his blood, and a little jar of his tears.

I was 17 and mortified. Also couldn’t fathom how he got enough tears to fill a small jar, so I asked him. Turns out he’d plucked all his nose hairs and eyelashes to gather them.” (jaaackrabbit)

Mom Instantly Makes It Up

Credits: Imgflip

Wasn’t actually a gift. My mom put a HUGE box by the Christmas tree with my name on in that was bigger than me (I was ~5-7 years old). Being a child, I wanted to open it immediately, but my mom made me wait until everyone opened all the other presents first. Which was fine, I just sat there in excitement wondering what it could be. Once I finally got to open it, I noticed it was suspiciously light, then I realized it was nothing. My mom was filming me and got video of my crying my eyes out because this huge present under the tree was actually nothing. My mom thought it was hilarious, my dad was understandably pissed. Later my mom pulled out a PS3 (with LittleBigPlanet, one of my favorite games ever now), and I immediately forgot about the big box of nothing.

Edit: A bunch of Reddit therapists are saying my mom was a bad mother. I want it to be made clear, this was probably the meanest thing my mom has ever done to me, and she followed up with a present she knew I wanted so bad and it instantly made me feel better. I love my mum very much, people are idiots sometimes, that doesn’t make them a bad person as a whole. And I forgot to mention that she did feel bad afterwards, apologized to me, and as far as I know, got rid of the video and never showed it to anyone.” (Lord_Doofy)

Brother-In-law Is A Weirdo And So Are Some Of His Gifts

Credits: Quickmeme

This wasn’t me but it’s a great story anyway. My very materialistic sister dated (and eventually married) a pretty rich guy. They met on New Year’s Eve so by the first Christmas they shared they were together for a year. The whole first year he showered her with gifts and trips and all kinds of stuff, even paying for her education. He seemed like a great guy but because he was a little weird and shy my parents didn’t meet him until that first Christmas. Well he showed up with gifts for all, really nice and thoughtful things. My sister opened hers last. It was huge box, inside was another box, and another, that old gag with maybe 10 or 12 boxes. Well we were all thinking “At the bottom there is a ring, he’s going to propose!” When she got to the final box it was a single roll of toilet paper and a can of Campbell’s soup. I just about pissed myself with laughter looking at my sister’s dumbfounded face. One of the top 10 moments in my life if I’m being honest. We never got an explanation as to why, it wasn’t an inside joke or anything, just a really weird thing from a weird guy. I like him (maybe even more than my sister does) but my parents definitely think he’s a weirdo.

Edit; Forgot to mention about 8 years after this I moved across the country and my first Christmas without the family he sent me a half-eaten box of stale triscuits and a ziplock bag of hair that had fallen off their cat. There was no card but he wrote “Jews rule” on the wrapping paper with sharpie. My reward for being the only member of my family to not shun him for his weird behavior over the years.

Edit; Here’s a pic of my gift for the non believers.” (everyoneiknowistrash)

Boyfriend Breaks Up After Gifting Stuffed Toy

Credits: Makeameme

“Not the gift but the idea behind it and what happened soon after.

My first boyfriend got me a cute stuffed toy puppy, because I had said that he looked like a spaniel puppy in his long wavy hair. Then a week later he left me saying “you have the toy now, you don’t need me as your spaniel anymore”. Then he proceeded to tell me what a waste of his time and resources I had been, as well as insulting my gift to him (lovely thick wool socks, as he always had cold feet in the winter), saying it was boring and impersonal and that I would have to improve myself if I ever wanted to date anyone ever again.

I was going to give the stuffed toy away to some poor kids or something, but for some reason I’ve kept it and it’s still somewhere at my parents’ place.” (feed_the_beard)

Worst Tasting Candy Ever

Credits: Memegenerator

A huge and expensive gift basket of sugar free candy.

Not sure why they chose the sugar free one other than they, not me, was diabetic.

It wasn’t cheap either. Like $90. And it was the worst tasting candy ever.” (scott60561)

Weird Gift From Friend

Credits: Memecenter

“So I cared for a friend’s cat while she went away. Shortly before my friend returned, I accidentally crushed half of the cat’s tail in a screen door. The vet said either the tail would heal or the injured part would fall off. I told all of this to my friend when she returned. I begged forgiveness. She forgave.

Fast forward two weeks. It’s almost Christmas and my friend comes for dinner and she brings me a present wrapped in shiny red paper with a red bow. I opened it immediately, excited. Inside was the part of the cat’s tail that fell off.” (very_large_ears)

When He Went Broke Because Of Girlfriend

Credits: Quickmeme

“My girlfriend had gotten arrested 2 days before Christmas. I spent all of my shopping money bailing her out. So she gets the bright idea that she needs to buy me presents (with what little money I have left) as a way of saying she was sorry. She goes to our local grocery story and buys me a $30 teddy bear and a $10 bottle of some awful cologne. I think I said wtf like 100 times that night.

Edit: she took the money from my wallet while I was sleeping.” (Mijo54321)

Christmas Gone Wrong

Credits: Memecenter

“One year, my family went to Florida for Christmas. It was the year the PS2 came out. All I wanted was a DVD player or a PS2, which led to my mother telling my family that I was into “games”. I was already annoyed that we were going to miss a white Christmas in New England and have to deal with a beach in the middle of winter, but then Christmas morning came. My parents didn’t want to buy me or my brother a gaming console. Instead, they got me Monopoly. We already had a copy of Monopoly at home, and it was never played because it’s an awful game that makes people hate each other. Then my grandmother gave me her present. Monopoly. Again. She quickly realized what had happened and took it back. Then my aunt and uncle gave me a gift. We were visiting them. Monopoly. Not a themed one, the classic version. They had already seen the other two copies I had gotten, but didn’t take it back. I thanked them and moved on.

The next day, we figure to hell with it, let’s play it. I opened a copy, and we’re about halfway through it when my mother spills a full cup of coffee on the bank. It sucks, but at least I’ve got a backup copy.

By the way, my uncle did get a PS2 for Christmas. He also got a few games. All of them are rated T. My parents wouldn’t let me play any of them, though. I was 12. You know what isn’t at the end of the word “twelve”? “-Teen”. T for Teen.

The rest of the vacation was miserable for me. I could only look at the PS2 and hold the controller as if I was playing.

Finally, right before New Year’s, we headed home. When we landed in Boston, we learned that the airline had lost some of our bags. One of the ones that was lost was mine. It had had a bunch of the Lego I had brought with me to entertain myself in it…and the last copy of Monopoly.” (HeadlessFlyKing)

Cheese In A Box

Credits: Makeameme

“A cheese and champagne gift set that had the champagne and most of the other goodies taken out of it. So cheese in a mostly empty box.” (haggisforthesoul)