Honest People Reveal The Worst Gifts They've Ever Received[rebelmouse-image 18351077 is_animated_gif=
Gift-giving is a high art form - and some people JUST are not artists. Have you ever gotten a gift so bad that it was actually uncomfortable receiving it? I once got an expired bag of chips so old that the company had changed packaging by the time the chips got to me. I have no answers. We sort of continued on with life never speaking of the vintage chip incident again.
One Reddit user asked:
What is the worst gift you got ever?
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A new aquarium heater that was defective and "cooked" the fish.
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Not me but my wife. She makes a special point of giving a woman friend of hers special attention every year - buys her a nice gift - takes her out to dinner - celebrates her.
This past year, when wife's b-day roles around, her friend calls up to tell her she's got a very special b-day gift for her.
Wife was very curious and could hardly wait for the 'surprise'.
When they finally got together her friend says: "Here it is! I'm going to tell you all about my recent trip to Oregon to see the eclipse!" (a story she'd been telling anyone who'd listen for weeks.).
My wife was floored. Such a gift! Oh myyy!
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I got the Mighty Morphing Power Rangers the Movie, on VHS used. This was three years ago from an aunt who I've only met twice in my life and has never sent me anything. Worst part was, I went out of my way to get a VHS player to watch the movie and half way through, it was taped over with episodes of Inside Edition.
I was 27 at the time I got this gift. I have seen the movie. I don't remember the episode of inside edition but if I remember correctly, there wasn't anything significant about the episode. I've tried to contact my aunt but she is constantly on the move. None of my family knows why she never stays in one place but I do know that she use to be one of those people that would hit flea markets and yard sales all the time. So my guess is she got the movie at a sale. But for the life of me, I don't know why she sent it to me. One other thing I remember too was when I open the package, there was one of those American Greeting Cards on the top of it. Not folded or anything. And it said "Congrats Grad!!!" or something similar. At that time, I was already out of college for 5 years so I have no idea what it was for. Nevertheless it's a gift I'll always remember. So there's that.
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On my birthday my Sophomore year of High School, my Mother pulled up as I was walking home from the bus (at my father's house) and handed me an envelope, said "Happy Birthday" and drove off. Inside the envelope was a letter that stated that she never wanted to see me again. There was also $50 though, so that was a nice thought.
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My Aunt sent me a coloring book and a package of crayons for my 19th birthday.
The coloring book was half completed and the crayons were broken in half.
I have no idea what it meant.
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Got a chemistry set for a birthday or something when I was a kid. Used it once, then it "mysteriously" disappeared and I never knew what happened to it even though I would want to use my present. A few months later (a few weeks before Christmas) police and CPS knocked on the door. Turns out, ex-step-father was manufacturing meth and the police had been tracking his activities for months. Got taken to a foster "home", and didn't see any of my stuff ever again.
Worst. Present. Ever. 0/10 would do again.
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A calendar with pictures of my cousin in a swimsuit.
My cousin is a professional cheerleader, and they do calendar shoots. My family is overly proud of her for this, but she deserves it as she worked really hard to get there, and like to flaunt it at pretty much any point they can. I think it was two years ago, but my grandma gave me a calendar of one of the shoots.
It's the only time I've been audibly against receiving a gift, and most of my family did not understand why I didn't think it was a good gift.
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My friend gave me a live squirrel. I didn't know what to do with it and released back into the forest.
Christmas Miracle[rebelmouse-image 18351088 is_animated_gif=
My boyfriend at the time deleted his other dating profiles. That was my Christmas gift.
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One of them "instead of buying you a gift we have sponsored a donkey called Kevin in Quebec. They will send you regular letters from Kevin with his hoof print and what he is up to. Kevin loves you" things.
"I'll Throw It Out For You"[rebelmouse-image 18347157 is_animated_gif=
An inflatable neck massager covered in cat hair, and a dirty travel mug (the lid was fused on with old smelly coffee)
I was at a friend's house while her parents had friends over for a Christmas party. they were doing one of those white elephant exchange things. Her parents got us to join, and that's what I ended up with.
My friend's mom came up to me afterwards and said "just act like you forgot it, I'll throw it out for you after everyone leaves"
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Well I though getting a Wii was a great present ... until my dad got obsessed with Twilight Princess and would stay in my room until 1 am playing it every night. I had the worst time sleeping. I don't know why I didn't just move the system. I was in the 3rd grade.
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My stepsister is 10 years older than me, and I think she is slightly out of touch with what gifts someone my age would enjoy.
One year she got me a hot pink t-shirt with a picture of a guitar on it that said "Rocker Gurl". The best part is that is came with a battery pack because the guitar would light up and play a song. I was 16/17 at the time and never once wore it.
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When I was 21 my mum wanted a new jewelry box. She asked if I wanted a new jewelry box. I said no, because I don't wear jewelry. She bought "me" a huge wooden jewelry box for Christmas and then threw in "if you don't want it, I'll have it" when I said "we already talked about this".
I took it because she always does this and I wanted to screw her out of the thing she clearly bought for herself. I never used it, and donated it 2 years later.
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My incredibly weathly uncle gave me the world's most hideous, pink fabric bag for my high school graduation. I tried to be polite about it because it was nice that he had gotten me something even if it wasn't in my taste.
But he couldn't help but brag about how he had purchased it from a blind street seller in India and that he had haggled the woman down from fifteen dollars to five. He made a great big show of explaining that he had just yelled louder and louder at the poor woman until, I assume, she gave him the bag so cheaply out of fear.
The gift itself wasn't so bad, but it was a constant reminder of just how horrible some people in the world are and that sadly I have to be related to some of them.
Baby Clothes, No Baby[rebelmouse-image 18351095 is_animated_gif=
My friend once dropped off 8 garbage bags of various sized girls clothes because she was having a clean out...
It was 8 weeks after I'd miscarried. She knew about the miscarriage.
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My uncle gave me a framed portrait of himself for Christmas
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An evangelical Christian stand-up comedy dvd. The gift giver said "I hear this one is really good. Can I borrow it when you're done with it?"
I said "You sure can!" and handed it back.
(c) Oh Myyy LLC
Love is so elusive these days isn't it?
Who knows what anyone is looking for in the relationship department anymore.
It's all too exhausting.
But people we keep trying.
RedditorProblemNice5257wanted to hear why so many people are still on the hunt for that perfect one. They asked:
"Why are you single right now?"
I'm single because I've given up. And I'm good. For now.
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"I put absolutely no effort into meeting someone."
"Same! Also it's extremely difficult when you feel so at peace being by yourself. The fact that I have to find someone whose presence outweighs my level of comfort being alone seems impossible."
"Hard to meet people when you are a hermit."
"Yeah, I describe myself as a shut-in, lol. I leave my apartment to work, I leave my apartment to buy food, and occasionally I’ll bring out the trash, otherwise I just watch Hulu, play online chess, surf Reddit."
"Same. I've spent months trying to find an apartment I can afford without a roommate and finally settled on a small studio apartment for $1100 a month because I'd rather living in a tiny space and be left the hell alone than share a much nicer place even with a good friend."
"I have too many unsolved issues, i can't in good conscience bring someone else into them."
"Idk your issues but everyone's got some crap. Not sure how unique yours are but everyone's got some crap. It's good to share some of your struggles with other people. Just don't open with it haha."
"Issues unresolved or not, (in my case) only makes it worse when you feel like you could open up to them, and they just take those to use it against yourself afterwards."
"I hardly go out and expose myself to people. I'm uncomfortable with the notion of myself being in a relationship at this point. Also, I'm very dry in terms of personality."
"I spent a year entirely isolated due to covid and now I can't handle physical contact. It makes me really uncomfortable and a hug is enough to make my body shut down. I'm hopeless."
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"Supply chain issue."
"Best answer here."
That's funny. But it feels oddly true.
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"I'm attracted to many, and unattractive to all."
"Last relationship was so toxic, I've sworn off dating, at least for awhile. I haven't had this much free time in ages. It's nice."
"Edit: Hey, it's really great hearing from so many people with similar experiences. Like many of you, I've been taking it in stride and focusing on bettering myself, both physically and mentally. It's done wonders for my health and I feel a whole lot better. I wish y'all the very best. Stay excellent, my friends."
"I'm 35yr old single father to a 5yr old and I work nights. It's hard to find free time to meet someone, especially in my area. If I do have free time to myself, I like staying home and ordering a pizza while drinking some beers and playing video games. I pretty much faced the fact that I will probably be alone for the rest of my life."
"I was in an 8 year relationship (married for two) to my high school sweetheart. Exactly this same time last year, we got divorced because I found out he was cheating on me with my best friend. The best friend I had known LONGER than him and was friends with since fourth grade."
"She was living with us to try to get back on her feet. Yeah lol. So I lost my best friend and the man I had been with for 8 years within the same night. So I moved to another state, got an apartment by myself, and am now single and divorced all by 26. Not really looking unless the right person comes along."
"It’s pretty happy and peaceful now that they’re both out of my life though honestly. You realize people’s toxicity and flaws the most once you get space away from them."
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"Because my relationships end before they even begin."
"This is my story right here."
Alright. Now that we've laid out all the excuses, let's get to matching with some people.
There is no bigger mystery than what happens to us after we die.
But even those who don't practice an organized religion tend to believe that there is a Heaven, a happy joyful place where our souls will remain for eternity.
No two people share the same idea of what heaven would be like, but everyone who believes in it probably has an idea of the first thing they'd do after entering the pearly gates.
Redditor WeDidItGuyz was curious to hear what would be top on everyone's list upon entering the afterlife, leading them to ask:
"If heaven exists, what’s the first thing you’d do?"
Overcome with joy
"In all reality?"
"Probably cry for about 30 minutes because the biggest existential fear at the very core my humanity has now been lifted."
"If Heaven exists, like 50% of the awesomeness is just the very fact that it exists."heaven gate GIF by South Park Giphy
A re-match long in the making
"Ask my childhood friend Kevon for a race."
"He used to beat me handily when were younger (9-13) and he’d always brag."
"When I got older and faster I moved away so I was never able to race him again."
"We arranged for a race but he was shot multiple times and bound to a wheelchair until he passed a few years ago."
"I wanna race him both in our prime."- Abethegreat1
Reunite with loved ones
"Find my husband, give him a huge hug and never let go again."
"Live our forever together."
"I f*cking love him and miss him so much."- jessdfrench
"Embrace my sweet wife and tell her how proud I am of the kids."- RifleShower
"Try to find my brother."
"Man, I miss him."
"He died in 2020 at age 34."- grummlinds1
"Give my mum and dad a big hug."- goonerjack007Miss U GIF by GIPHY Studios OriginalsGiphy
Achieve the "firsts" we never got to do
"Find my son and have a beer with him."
"Something we never got to do in real life."- tanukis_parachute
Hone new skills
"Try to play Smoke on the water on my harp."- Ashtar-the-Squid
The joy of doing nothing
"Rest."- BanzaikoowaidCare Free Black Girls GIF by AuroraDrawsGiphy
Live on without pain
"Enjoy my healthy back without pain."- Knackbein_
Who knows what's in store for us after our lives come to an end.
But living with the idea that something wonderful awaits when our time has come is all people need to continue to live their lives to the fullest, and treat others with the respect and kindness they deserve.
"Fun facts" generally refers to a tidbit of information about a specific topic which the general public might not have otherwise known about.
But the first word in that term can be misleading.
Indeed, some "fun facts" reveal information that isn't remotely "fun" in the slightes.
Redditor Alternative_kachocho was curious to hear some "fun facts" which were anything but fun, leading them to ask:
What's a 'fun fact' that isn’t fun at all?"
Ironically, something you likely don't think about...
"Your brain blocks you from feeling your organs moving around inside you."- Aydengeist06
Try watching Finding Nemonow...
"Only one in a thousand sea turtles born actually make it to adulthood."- Sebs_123
Shocking new light on an age old classic
"In the books, Stuart Little was never explicitly called a mouse."
"He's pretty much described as a deformed mouse-esque person born form human parents."- Red_Beard47stuart little mouse GIF by VIASAT3Giphy
Nature running it's course...
"There's a bird that feeds its younger offspring to the eldest."- Teacup_Cult
I have no allergies... yet
"Speaking from personal experience here, but your body can randomly decide to become allergic to damn near everything edible at any time."
"Not very fun."- smallemochick
Those poor, innocent creatures.
"In some regions of Australia, 90 percent of koalas have chlamydia, which poses a threat to the species' extinction unless a vaccine is created or widespread koala culling takes place."- tiffanyjcrusekoalas kiss GIFGiphy
They'd still be here if they weren't so delicious...
"The giant tortoise was so delicious, it caused not only itself to be hunted to extinction, but also the dodo."
"Giant tortoise meat was supposedly better tasting than chicken."
"It's fat tasted better spread on bread than butter."
"Also, it was the perfect food for sailors at the time, as their bladders stored 1 litre of purified water, and they could survive without food in hibernation for almost a whole year in the hull of a ship."
"Not to mention, because they evolved without humans, they were easy to hunt."
"You could tie one to your back, and roll another to the ship and they would just let you."
"It was so delicious, they went unrecorded for a long time because expeditions to bring living samples of wildlife to Europe kept eating them on the way."
"Conversely, the dodo, while as easily captured by sailors, tasted awful."
"It was completely unpalatable."
"HOWEVER, one day, someone discovered if you cooked dodo meat in the more delicious tortoise fat, it tasted just like chicken."
"So now, sailors were hunting a few tortoises at a time for their fat and water, storing them, and then hunting dodos on the daily."
"Overhunting, plus the introduction of rats to the environment (because sailors) which would eat eggs, led go the population to decline at a rate they could not breed to keep up, leading to both animals going extinct."- Kyhan
Don't forget the nose plugs
"Antarctica smells like penguin poop."
"Antarctica is a desert, it is too cold for bacteria to live."
"Nothing there to clean up penguin droppings."
"If you are close enough to see penguins, you will also smell them."- gummby8
Makes those long lines so worth it...
"The TSA missed 96% of contraband during an inspection in 2015."- omegasix321All Falls Down Tsa GIF by Kanye WestGiphy
"The person who had the first facial transplant had her face chewed up by her Labrador dog while asleep due to sleeping pill overdose." - User Deleted
It's hard not to read some of these "fun facts" and wonder if there should be an alternative term for the facts which aren't fun.
Oh yeah, probably not....
It's amazing how one change to your lifestyle can improve your daily life.
Be it starting your day with yoga, eliminating foods that don't agree with you, or simply seeing your friends more often, something we're all eager to do after months of quarantine, it's amazing how one little change can make waking up and getting through your day more bearable.
Perhaps the only frustration that comes with this change, is that you only wished you'd started doing it sooner.
"What improved your life so much, you wished you did sooner?"
There is always fun to be had!
"I stopped living my life just waiting for the weekend."
"When you work 5 days a week and have just 2 off, it's not good to be always waiting for those 2 days."
"You can plan something meaningful or fun every day, even if it's just a small thing."- cake_or_cookies
Listening to your dentist can pay off.
"Actually, I use a water pick now."
"Now my hygiene and cleaning visits are a breeze, and I haven't had a cavity in years!"- perrydolia
A change of scene was just the ticket.
"Just packed up and moved thousands of miles away."
"Left everything behind and just started over."
"Besides some debt, a suit case, and contacts for only the non-toxic people in my life, it's been an extremely liberating experience."
"And looking back, nothing was really preventing me from doing it sooner, no real reasons at least."
"I just kept coming up with excuses not to do it until one day I couldn't think of one."- SpicyRiceAndTuna
No more language barriers!
"Now I have a lot of amazing latino friends and I got a lot of great gigs and opportunities because of it."- kellytai1478
Can't beat the commute
"Not everyone can afford this, but moving closer to work."
"My commute went from 45 miserable minutes in traffic glaring in hatred at the tail lights in front of me to a pleasant 15 minute bike ride."
"I got an hour of free time every day and better health."- munificent
When in doubt, check with your doctor
"Got a proper diagnosis."
"I think a lot of people that for years questioned themselves 'what’s wrong with me?' when they finally got diagnosed it’s a big relief and changes a lot in a better way."- popcornostar
There's no expiration date on education
"Bachelor degree at 47 years old."
"Master degree at 50 years old."
"Doubled my salary in 4 years, from just getting by to on track for retiring at 60."- scientistzero
Get your body moving!
"Exercise every day."
"Anxiety and depression are much easier to manage, and I got some confidence I haven't had in years."- darodardar_Inc
"Low impact cardio."
"F*ck, I loved to run, but it destroyed my legs."
"I can swim my little heart out."- Hyperion0000
Stop and enjoy the beauty of the world once and a while
"When I was told that I would lose my eyesight it made me pay more attention to how beautiful the sky was."
"I can still see and I enjoy watching the clouds on a level I can't even explain."- DaniB3
It's hard not to stop and wonder if our lives would have been even better had we made these changes earlier.
But no point in stopping and looking back, when you can just appreciate how great your life is now.