As a kid, I used to think that clothes were the worst gift I could ever receive. What was I going to do with clothes?
Now, as an adult with some lick of fashion sense, I love putting on new clothes and welcome receiving them for my birthday (and assorted holidays).
But you could be the person who hates receiving clothes because you were always given things that didn't fit or things that were clearly picked because you didn't like them in the first place. I've met a few people who've experienced this.
But there are worse gifts out there, believe it or not.
We heard some funny stories (and some sad ones) after Redditor sulemannkhann asked the online community:
"What’s the worst birthday gift you ever got?"
"Thought I was getting..."
"Thought I was getting a bike for my 15th birthday but my foster parents announced that they were sending me to a group home after living with them for 11 years. Devastation!"
This breaks my heart. So sorry to hear.
"One time I received..."
"One time I received an invite to a restaurant from my dad. The same year he offered my brother to pay for his trip to Japan."
Go back in time and slap him. Do what you have to do.
"My own scarf."
"My own scarf. Yes, that's right, my mother went into my room took my only scarf, wrapped it and gave it to me like it was a new scarf."
Did she think you wouldn't notice? Sorry.
"HR complaint from two subordinates fighting over how to throw me a surprise birthday party."
Say what? I really need the whole story here.
"My Asian mom's..."
"My Asian mom's gift was "no extra Kumon homework after school homework" so my birthday gift was that I didn't get extra homework from her."
Ah, Kumon. It's basically school after school. Hope you like homework.
"I was 12."
"A lint remover. I was 12."
It sounds like they were trying to tell you something... sorry about that.
"Stomach flu and my first ever period, at the same time. I think it was my 13th birthday."
Oh my. What horrible timing!
"The horse head..."
"My grandma got me a hairbrush with a plastic horse head handle. The horse head was all chipped up and there was hair in the brush."
She picked that up off the street somewhere, didn't she? How awful.
"My grandparents have been gifting me (and my brother) the same set of three vice grips for almost 10 years. Collectively we have 60 vice grips. I don’t know if they bought a pallet of them, or where they are coming from."
Vice grips? How specific. They bought those by mistake and wanted to get rid of them, didn't they?
"A pair of homemade..."
"A pair of homemade custom pajamas. Only problem was that they weren't made yet. It was just the fabric and a promise to make them for me. I had to give the fabric back and I never got the pajamas."
Nooo. That's a shame, because custom pajamas would be so cool.
Ouch. I'm glad I never received gifts as bad as these. Some people truly are thoughtless, aren't they?
Have some stories of your own? Tell us more in the comments below!