Everybody gets one, the gift that stared up at you hopefully from its beautiful wrapping, and then, like a deflated balloon, delivers the worst gift ever.
I'm not talking about the gifts from small children like the "Greatest Aunt" coffee mug or the red and black lace folding fan. Surely you never would have chosen them for yourself, but it's the thought that counts from small people who love you.
Then, there's the what the hell were they thinking gifts. My mother-in-law has been giving these a lot lately. We got a glass platter back painted with "Merry Christmas Y'all! This is not the way people speak around here, so?
However, the worst gift of Christmas this year with a mismatch between what a grandparent might give a teenage grandson and what said teenage grandson might like was given to my son by his grnadmother. It was in a big box, carefully taped, and when it was finally opened, my son had his very own, brand new BATH MAT! Yes, it was green and fuzzy and one would normally put it at the edge of the tub for stepping out of the tub with wet feet. However, grandmother thought that since my son often runs around the house with a fuzzy blanket or throw around his shoulders (we keep the house chilly) that he would now need something warm and fuzzy to sit on. So, he should place the fuzzy bath mat on his computer chair and then wrap his fuzzy blanket around his body for maximum warmth, and, so, he would not get hypothermic in our chilly house ( So, sue me. 68° is warm enough.)
Have you ever just gotten a really bad gift, poorly thought out and not at all appropriate from the giver?
What was the worst gift this Christmas? And are you taking it back?
(the cat has comandeered the fuzzy bath mat, so no hopes of returning it for something different)