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stalkervision
12-17-2010, 07:49 AM
I once received a extension cord. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif

thefruitbat
12-17-2010, 08:54 AM
Not for christmas, but a friend of mine once got his wife an ironing board for valentines day.

didn't go down overly well.

luckily for his marriage it was a joke present before the real one was revealed later http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

Toten_Waffe
12-17-2010, 09:38 AM
Originally posted by thefruitbat:
..........the real one was revealed later

The iron http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

mmitch10
12-17-2010, 10:14 AM
Christmas 1980, I got a Scalextric car, my sister got a silver flute; it wasn't the present itself that bothered me (I wanted that car), it was the injustice of my sister getting something worth around 20 times what I got. Kids are all about equality!

horseback
12-17-2010, 11:01 AM
Ignoring the childhood gifts of clothing (the curse of being one of the 'poor' nephews), the absolute worst has to be the last present I got from my ex before the breakup:

Bear in mind that she had control of the family budget, which was significantly augmented by the fact that we were living rent-free in one of her parents' properties, both the cars were paid off in the sale of our condo, and that I'd been averaging between 40 and 60 hours of overtime a month for the previous 6 months.

It was a fifteen dollar gift certificate from a high-end men's store that no straight male over 30 would be caught dead in, and I opened the envelope in front of her whole family right after she had opened a gift of a gen-u-wine pearl necklace (three ropes of matched pearls, natcherly) with matching pearl earrings from me.

Talk about an embarrassed silence.

cheers

horseback

R_Target
12-17-2010, 12:35 PM
Originally posted by stalkervision:
I once received a extension cord. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif

If it was a decent quality 50 footer, it wouldn't be so bad. If it was one of those little 12' indoor lamp cord jobbies, you could always use it on the person that gave it to you. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

thefruitbat
12-17-2010, 12:42 PM
Originally posted by Toten_Waffe:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by thefruitbat:
..........the real one was revealed later

The iron http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

if only.

i would of enjoyed watching that via a video feed in another county, preferable in a nuclear bunker....

Dance
12-17-2010, 02:49 PM
The one where you have to send a present back because you forgot them http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/halo.gif

stugumby
12-17-2010, 10:03 PM
a pair of shoes that didnt fit at all, but they were on sale, as were the pants that didnt fit.

WTE_Galway
12-17-2010, 10:06 PM
friend of mine gave me a book once which she promptly borrowed "cos you don't have time to read it just yet" ... and then she left town.

Bearcat99
12-18-2010, 11:16 AM
Nothing.......

stalkervision
12-18-2010, 11:20 AM
Originally posted by Bearcat99:
Nothing.......

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...1MnOueN73Dr3E9quEG90 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_DV54ddNHE&feature=list_related&playnext=1&list=MLGxdCwVVULXeV1MnOueN73Dr3E9quEG90)

Nothing from nothing leaves nothing.. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Damn Billy you were great ! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...3E9quEG90&playnext=2 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=un63LEAN22E&list=MLGxdCwVVULXeV1MnOueN73Dr3E9quEG90&playnext=2)

http://ts3.mm.bing.net/images/thumbnail.aspx?q=394335819422&id=4e1f3fd5191086a061589e93c45cfac3&index=ch1

jarink
12-18-2010, 11:41 AM
When I was 4 years old, I got Chicken Pox on Christmas Eve.
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/sadeyes.gif

I've already found out ahead of time of an upcoming bad present. To best explain the situation, some set up is in order. I'm a St. Louis Blues hockey fan. I also tend to watch lots of Blackhawks games because, living in central Illinois, I get both Blues games (Fox sports Midwest) and Hawks games (Comcast Sports Chicago). My wife knows I watch these games, but apparently didn't realize I'm usually rooting for whomever is playing against said Blackhawks.

My wife's mom bought me some sort of Blackhawks item since my wife told her I liked the team. She thought I already had enough Blues shirts. So, she's warned me to act surprised and happy when I open the present. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/halo.gif

I guess it could be worse. She could have bought me a Red Wings shirt.

TheFamilyMan
12-18-2010, 12:45 PM
Just to bend the topic a bit, from my family's perspective the 'worst' Christmas gift I got was a TrackIR 4. They didn't see much of me for a few months after that... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

stalkervision
12-18-2010, 12:48 PM
Originally posted by TheFamilyMan:
Just to bend the topic a bit, from my family's perspective the 'worst' Christmas gift I got was a TrackIR 4. They didn't see much of me for a few months after that... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

well at least they didn't give you a one way bus ticket to Alaska. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Messaschnitzel
12-18-2010, 01:28 PM
I guess mine would be last year when I got a car wash kit from my mother-out-law. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/34.gif

On a side note: Last year, my wife and I were at my best friend's house for Christmas. His mom was there as well, and the subject was brought up when she asked him what he wanted for Christmas back when he was 12 years old. He said he wanted for her to stop smoking. She said that she was taken aback by the request, but she nevertheless agreed to stop. She recalled that her reaction was that 'oh boy, what did I just get myself into', so she braced herself, lit up one more cigarette, enjoyed the hell out of it for the last time and quit then and there. She was a chain smoker, one right after the other, two packs+ a day. She said that if it wasn't for the promise she made her son, she never would have been able to stop. She also said that her promise kept her from starting up again when her life got too stressful later on, even though the temptation was sheer agony. She stopped 37 years ago around this time come Christmas this year.

What impressed and humbled me the most is that a 12 year old kid would think of this present instead of a mere material object for Christmas.

Airmail109
12-18-2010, 05:40 PM
Originally posted by Messaschnitzel:
I guess mine would be last year when I got a car wash kit from my mother-out-law. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/34.gif

On a side note: Last year, my wife and I were at my best friend's house for Christmas. His mom was there as well, and the subject was brought up when she asked him what he wanted for Christmas back when he was 12 years old. He said he wanted for her to stop smoking. She said that she was taken aback by the request, but she nevertheless agreed to stop. She recalled that her reaction was that 'oh boy, what did I just get myself into', so she braced herself, lit up one more cigarette, enjoyed the hell out of it for the last time and quit then and there. She was a chain smoker, one right after the other, two packs+ a day. She said that if it wasn't for the promise she made her son, she never would have been able to stop. She also said that her promise kept her from starting up again when her life got too stressful later on, even though the temptation was sheer agony. She stopped 37 years ago around this time come Christmas this year.

What impressed and humbled me the most is that a 12 year old kid would think of this present instead of a mere material object for Christmas.
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

Feathered_IV
12-19-2010, 03:08 AM
At the age of ten, I attended my fathers company Christmas party which was held in one of the city parks. All the other employees kids were there too and after the barbecue Santa turned up. Great excitement as he ascended a stage and proceeded to call out the name of each child and give them a present with their name on it. Brilliant!

The girls were getting dolls or some rubbish, who cares about that. But the boys were unwrapping toy Schmeissers (this was the 1970's after all) and working themselves into a frenzy. Finally my name was called and I ran up to get my present from Santa. My package was HUGE. Twice as long as what the other boys were getting. Oh sweet Jesus, I've got a Bazooka!!

I ran back to the family picnic blanket and tore the wrapping paper away in an ecstasy of anticipation....

A badminton set. Fun for boys and girls ages eight and over.....

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/bigtears.gif

Romanator21
12-19-2010, 02:49 PM
My sister got a can of soup and some office supplies (pencils, sticky-notes) from her dad. This year she got plastic jewelry (she's 16 now, not 10).

The best part is that he's not exactly poor, as he had just bought himself a Harley, and parafinalia as well as a house. It's not enough that he forgets her birthdays, I guess. We are always sure to send nice things, and call on his birthday, not the day after http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

His dad (my sister's grandpa) sends much nicer things, and he isn't doing well at all, and has only seen my sister once.

My Christmas faux pas was when I was twelve or so and I asked the giver if he could get me something else because I already had one of that something. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blush.gif Although I accepted the gift (and later gave one away to a friend) I still feel horrible about it.

Anyway, the secret to happiness, and avoiding embarassing mistakes, is to simply not expect. It's the season of giving, not recieving (I'm beating you all over the head with this). Don't give in the expectation of recieving. Put some thought into your gifts, smile when you get something, and that's it. It's the thought, no matter how shallow, that counts, and you can always re-gift or donate the things you don't like (they will make someone happy).

knightflyte
12-19-2010, 05:40 PM
Originally posted by Romanator21:
My sister got a can of soup and some office supplies (pencils, sticky-notes) from her dad. This year she got plastic jewelry (she's 16 now, not 10).

The best part is that he's not exactly poor, as he had just bought himself a Harley, and parafinalia as well as a house. It's not enough that he forgets her birthdays, I guess. We are always sure to send nice things, and call on his birthday, not the day after http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

His dad (my sister's grandpa) sends much nicer things, and he isn't doing well at all, and has only seen my sister once.

My Christmas faux pas was when I was twelve or so and I asked the giver if he could get me something else because I already had one of that something. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blush.gif Although I accepted the gift (and later gave one away to a friend) I still feel horrible about it.

Anyway, the secret to happiness, and avoiding embarassing mistakes, is to simply not expect. It's the season of giving, not recieving (I'm beating you all over the head with this). Don't give in the expectation of recieving. Put some thought into your gifts, smile when you get something, and that's it. It's the thought, no matter how shallow, that counts, and you can always re-gift or donate the things you don't like (they will make someone happy).

Tell me it wasn't condensed soup. :P

major_setback
12-19-2010, 09:00 PM
A board game with the rules missing.
The book 'Ivanhoe'.

A wheelbarrow!