what's the dumbest Christmas present you've ever received?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by andrew markworthy, Dec 25, 2001.

  1. andrew markworthy

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 1999
    Messages:
    4,762
    Likes Received:
    12
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Thought I'd start a seasonal thread. My presents this year are just what I wanted, but I was reminded of a string of presents from a well-meaning (and now, alas, dead) relative that were utterly, hopelessly, wrong.

    My favourite was so weird I had to phone her to ask what it was. It was a circular silver tray (roughly 2 inches diameter) in the middle of which was a model of an old fashioned Enlish pub sign (for those unfamiliar with Brit scenery - basically imagine a gallows, but instead of the body you have a sign with the pub's name on it), roughly 4 inches tall. I and my family spent a good hour trying to work out what this was for, until in the end I phoned up. Turns out that it was intended to hang your watch on at night. I tried this, and the whole thing fell over.

    My dad once got a novelty tyre pressure gauge from her - the first time he tried it, the pressure from the tyre caused the end of the gauge to shoot out with such force it embedded itself in the garage wall.

    Anyone got similar tales, or was this relative unique?
     
  2. DonnyD

    DonnyD Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 1999
    Messages:
    1,145
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I had a previous SO to announce one year that she would not accept household items as gifts for christmas.... then for christmas she gave me a set of coffee cups... just regular ones!
     
  3. Scott Weinberg

    Scott Weinberg Lead Actor

    Joined:
    Oct 3, 2000
    Messages:
    7,477
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    All of 'em! I'm a Jew! [​IMG]
     
  4. Kevin P

    Kevin P Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 1999
    Messages:
    1,439
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I was hoping I wouldn't have to mention the silver plated computer mouse in a HTF thread again, but I guess I have to now! [​IMG] This was in 2000, from my mother in law (go figure).
    A couple of years ago HER mother gave us a Christmas nativity set. Nothing wrong with that in itself, except it was only the figures, not the whole set--and they look like they had been dug out of a landfill or something. They were made out of unpainted plaster, pieces were missing (Joseph's nose, and Mary's head had been glued back on), and were ugly as sin. Those promptly went in the trash.
    KJP
     
  5. Iain Lambert

    Iain Lambert Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 1999
    Messages:
    1,345
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    At least one of my relatives reads the HTF, so all I can say is I'd be letting the cat out of the bag if I mentioned one of my bizarre presents. My aunt is the real expert at strange presents though; one Christmas she clearly forgot that she had three nephews while wrapping them. I got a pair of candle holders (quite nice ones, to be fair), one brother got a single one, and the other didn't get anything!
     
  6. KeithH

    KeithH Lead Actor

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2000
    Messages:
    9,413
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I got underwear and socks as stocking stuffers one year. [​IMG]
     
  7. Jeff_P

    Jeff_P Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2000
    Messages:
    204
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Cheap chocolate covered cashews from my brother. I enjoy Christmas shopping and try to put alot of thought into my familys gifts. Next year I may not give too much effort into choosing his gift. I will not even mention the shirt that was given. I could problably be an extra in "That 70's Show".

    Jeff_P
     
  8. Ron-P

    Ron-P Producer

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2000
    Messages:
    6,284
    Likes Received:
    7
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Real Name:
    Ron
    I received, this year, a string of X-mas lights from a brother in law...WTF, and he left the price tag on, $20. He knows I am into HT, beer and cigars.
    Peace Out~[​IMG]
     
  9. Kirk Gunn

    Kirk Gunn Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 1999
    Messages:
    1,609
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Chia Pet !!!!

    (ok - it was a White Elephant gift exchange... also came home with 2 "Bud Light - King of Karaoke" jackets)
     
  10. MichaelPe

    MichaelPe Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 1999
    Messages:
    1,115
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
     
  11. Ralph Summa

    Ralph Summa Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2001
    Messages:
    715
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    0
    My mother-in-law is the queen of goofy presents. My wife and I were engaged a few years back, and for the following Christmas, she bought the serving platter that went with the fine china we registered for, wrapped it and put my name on it. Then she took a picture of me opening it.
    Oh.....boy....gee....wow....thanks.....
    Now, each Christmas my brother-in-law and I get the same present. I just wait for him to open his presents, then I know what I got!
    We got even this year though, we bought her a Bose wave radio! [​IMG]
     
  12. Jeff Blair

    Jeff Blair Second Unit

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2000
    Messages:
    335
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Here is a good one. This Christmas my fiancee's dad sent me a stocking. That was nice. So, now me and my fiancee have matching ones. Well, it was filled with:
    A lock( what the heck am I going to lock up?? My fiancee?? [​IMG] )
    Gas defrost, or somthing like that. People use it up north to keep there gas from freezing. Well, about the coldest it ever gets here in TEXAS!! is about 25. hummm, ya, I needed that.
    A chip clip. Basicaly a paper clip for chip bags. They can be nice. This one was about a half inch, and I am afraid to use it, bucause it looks like it would break, and poke my eye out. (hehe and it is red [​IMG] )
    ahhh, I can't wait till next year, and we are married. He'll probaly seend me a picture of him holding a shotgun. [​IMG]
     
  13. Ted Robinson

    Ted Robinson Extra

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2000
    Messages:
    24
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I got condoms as a stocking stuffer...talk about embarassing opening that in front of your whole family. Nest year ill have to get even with my parents.
     
  14. Mitty

    Mitty Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 1999
    Messages:
    886
    Likes Received:
    5
    Trophy Points:
    0
     
  15. Ryan Wright

    Ryan Wright Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2000
    Messages:
    1,875
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    When I was a teenager, my grandmother once sent me a barbie doll. No, I don't know why.

    My wife's brother, whom we never see and rarely talk to, one year wrapped up a bunch of stuff from around his house. It just looked like he had cleaned out his attic or something and sent all this junk to us. Mostly little plaster and ceramic figurines, all old, all used, all chipped/scratched/etc, none worth keeping even if they were brand new. Worse, he wrapped them up in newspaper that he had used for his birds, so there was bird shit all over inside the package. We dumped the whole thing in the garbage and wrote him a nice thank you letter.

    My mother in law gets me a shirt every year for my birthday and Christmas. She must think I'm huge, because she gets XXLs. I'm about 5'6-5'7, ~135lbs. You could fit two of me in one of these shirts. They're nice, they're just way too darn big. I give them to friends who will fit into them better...
     

Share This Page