Worst Christmas Gift from Your Husband (What Was He Thinking??!??!)
December 22, 2010
East Northport, NY
So someone posted a wish list question and one of the answers got me thinking - what are some of the worst gifts you ladies reciceved?
Mine not so bad on the surface - he got me Precious Moment Mommy / Baby figurines - 2 problems - in years past I have told him I can not stand precious moments stuff AND I used to collect Boyd's Angels but stopped becuase he said we had no more room for figurines but he found room for those precious moments things...
So what have you gotten - I am SURE there are better stories than mine!
PS> I really do appreciate all his gifts, I know he put time thought into getting what he thought would be nice..
This past year my husband FLUNKED Christmas Stocking gifts when I found...in my Christmas Stocking one of those ELECTRIC NOSE HAIR TRIMMERS!!!! And....2 Bras that were at least 6 sizes too small!!! And he wondered why my Christmas Stocking Gifts were still sitting in a small sack...under the tv in the family room in March!!! Hmmmmmmph!!!!
(And before you ask I do NOT need nor have I EVER needed to trim my nose hairs!!!!)
I cannot remember, but I do remember the year FIL gave MIL a Pellet gun for Christmas.. Oh AND a box of pellets......so thoughtful...
I laughed so hard..
The reason he said was because she had wanted a windsock to scare away the squirrels, he said a pellet gun was a better way to get rid of them..
Christmas.. this is the only gift he gave her that year..
This wasn't my hubby, but a guy I dated for 5 years once got me earrings for Christmas - problem was, my ears werent pierced, I never even work clip ons that he could have mistaken for earrings. 5 years and he didn't notice my ears, he wasn't a keeper :)
The worst gift my husband gave me for Christmas was a toilet seat. Worse yet, he put a picture of me under the lid so it looked like a picture frame AND he had the NERVE to take it to the mall and have it GIFT WRAPPED!!!
My birthday was just a few days ago and I had told my husband I would really like to get a new laptop computer. He wrapped up his old (ancient) laptop and gave it to me in front of alot of friends. He actually got me a new one but didn't give it to me till much later.
I'm looking forward to the other responses you get. Thanks for asking.
Before we were married my husband bought me a forrest green velour 2 piece lounge outfit - you know, the kind 80 year old women wear? It had embroidered flowers on the chest and everything! And we were only 18!!!
Now, 11 years later, he sticks to the list I give him or jewelry :)
Last year my husband wrapped a gift from our kiddos (who were at the time about to turn 2 and 1), and the tag said "to mommy..." So sweet, right? I was so excited to open it and see what I thought would be a sweet gift inside. What I found was stretch mark cream. Yup. No joke. I was shocked and a bit hurt, but I laugh about it now. :-)
I also remember when I was a kid and my dad planned an elaborate scavenger hunt for my mom's Christmas gift. I know she was so excited, thinking that it must be something pretty incredible if he went to all this trouble. What was the "treasure" at the end of her hunt? A new...
Vacuum! HAHAHA... We still laugh about that to this day.
He only did something stupid like this ONCE. The first year we were married, he got me Quicken software to balance my checkbook (I had just bounced a check because I added instead of subtracting.) He never, never, never made that mistake again.
My hubbys little sister is seventeen this year and for her birthday(I do all the shopping) we bought her a L.A.M.B. watch from Gwen Steffanis line becuase she is getting older and is wanting one nice things instead of a bunch of little things. Her birthday was in December.. So I showed my husband the watch before I shipped it to her.
Mind you it was a super cute watch but I am not the Gwen Steffani kind of woman. Which he knows but when Valentines day crept up on him and he couldnt figure out what to do he went out and bought me the exact same watch.. which is more appropriate for someone in highschool then a married mom of two.
After a couple months of me not wearing it he finally admitted that he had just waited to long and couldnt come up with anything. : )
A few years ago my husband set this beautiful professionally wrapped present under our tree. I got super excited thinking, if he took the time to have it wrapped it must be good. Wrong! Inside was a ring he made out of wire and a carrot shaped eraser stuck to the top of it! Why he thought I would find that as hilarious as he did I'll never know.
My husband got me a big fluffy robe. It was light blue and went to my ankles and because I'm short, 6 inches past my hands. He got it at V.'s Secret so I know he spent a lot of money on it. He said he got it because he noticed I didn't have one (there was a reason for that). What I never told him, is I did have one that an ex-boyfriend bought me because he noticed I didn't have one. The ex got the same V.'s Secret robe. I gave the one from my ex to my sister when we broke up, and the one my husband bought me got "left" at my mom's house when I stayed with her before I moved to Texas. Good thing my husband moved a month before me, or he would of remembered about the robe. I'm waiting for the Christmas where he realizes I don't have one and buys me one again. Thanks for the reminder. I needed the laugh.
My husband does great and has never disappointed me :) My Dad, on the other hand has come up with some real "winners" for my Mom over the years. The one that sticks out in my mind was when I was 10. My Mom was just getting ready to turn 30 and had been complaining about getting old and wrinkled, so my Dad bought her a "TUB" of wrinkle cream. LOL, I'm not kidding, this thing was like a gallon and said "Wrinkle Cream" on it. Wow, was she mad, but we still laugh about it 30 years later!
Have you ever seen one of those stupid gadgets where you place an egg on top and the little needle thing punctures the egg then spins around to "scramble" the egg inside the shell?
It has to be one of the very worst inventions of all time, let alone worst Christmas gift.
I tried one egg with it and all it did was make a huge mess. You still had to break the shell anyway to get ALL the egg out. Didn't exactly save on scrambling time. What he was thinking, I'll never, ever know.
I almost feel bad posting this because it was so thoughtful of him, yet soooo impractical for someone like me. He got me a foot bath, you know the ones that heat up and you sit their with your feet in it. The funny thing is I had a newborn baby who had colic and needed to be walked around constantly so I NEVER got a chance to sit anywhere near that bath. I returned it.... it's cute to think of it though, all he was thinking about was my feet :)
i laughed so hard reading yours...
i mean, my husband has screwed up so many times that i stopped getting mad. it's just on his DNA to put some thought into a gift.
oh, first xmas, he did that thing.yes, that thing, when he has a box into a box into a box into a box into a box into a box. by the time i reached the bottom i was ready to eat the boxes. there it was a 1 ton of a bracelet. i mean a heavy ugly, YELLOWY thing. to this day, i have never worn it once (he knew i don't like any kind of jewelry).
THEN, he got me a mommy bracelet with my kids names in beads, BUT it was that kind of cheapo bead thing that left green streaks around my wrist, and ended up getting a rash from it. it is very surprising because he is not a cheap man (just when he's getting me gifts).
another year, every present i opened was (yes, same year) frame, frame, frame, frame. all i got were frames after frames after frames. and he actually said: did you get the hint? start framing photos. hahahaha (i never did).
PS one more, how could have i forgotten this one: he got me, US history for dummies book (another hahahahaha), i was going through immigration process then and he thought he'd help me. problem is, ever since i have known him, and come election time, he asks me how many senators per state? how many congressmen? because he doesn't know that stuff, but i needed US history for dummies? hahahaha
So far my hubby has refrained from a total screw up. But I think I've warned him sufficiently with the story of my dad's gift to my mom when I was four. With all sorts of pomp and circumstance befitting a monumental gift, my dad unveiled a push mower to my mom. He told her it was so she could mow our one acre lot faster. Even to a four year old that was an odd gift. LOL Men...you just gotta love how their minds work.
My birthday is 10 days before Christmas and my husband always requests a "wish list" from me. I start this list in January so by the time my birthday and Christmas comes along, he has more than enough to choose from. About 4 years ago, my husband opted not to get anything from my wish list. Big mistake! He bought me a book by Kevin Trudeau (had never even heard of the man!) about some natural cures your doctor doesn't tell you about. I was soooo disappointed because I was expecting to find something I really wanted. Not! The worst part was that he was video taping me opening my present and the expression on my face was that of total disappointment. I saw his disappointment because of my own and it made me feel so bad. Ever since that Christmas he "promised" to stick to my wish list...and I vowed to appreciate whatever I got...even if it wasn't what I wanted. It was a humbling moment for me.
well not my husband but as my wedding present from his mom..i got a cookbook!! ugh what on earth?? did she think i wasnt capable of feeding her son a good meal?? well 9 yrs later he has gained 60 lbs..so i must be an ok cook..i have never used that stupid cookbook..it pissed me off!! lol
Does a birthday gift count ? One year for my birthday my husband took me to the mall to a department store. As we walked in the mall he asked what I wanted (and I had been telling him for weeks what I wanted - perfume). So as we went to the perfume counter, he said just pick out what you want and left me to go shopping for himself ! I had to pay for it myself (well joint account - but you get the idea). He hasn't done that again LOL
They aren't really BAD gifts, but my husband tends to get me things that HE wants. I got a weather station once. We now have like 5 of them, and I couldn't tell you which one was "mine", they are all his. I always try to get him things for HIM, while I get the things for US.
I was a home daycare provider and my boyfriend had a big box wrapped up and every time I came over to his/his parents house he would make sure to tell me it was MY PRESENT!!!
So I was REALLY excited. Didn't have a clue what it could be though....... Well, the big moment came. IT WAS A KIDS LAUNDRY CENTER! Sure, the daycare kids enjoyed it but I'm pretty sure I didn't spend my days using it! (AND he had gotten it from a local discount type store so I know he probably paid like $20......)
My MIL is a eal jewelry fanatic...me...not so much. I guess my hubby was raised to think that nice jewelry is the ONLY gift a woman wants so he goes overboard with jewelry (Not a bad problem to have, but really, how much NICE jewelry can one woman wear?) I have actually sent him packing gift and receipt back to the jewelry store! I'm always scrounging around for cash, change for lunches, etc and he's buying me diamond earrings--again???
About 9 years back hubby bought me a water feature candle thingy? It plugged in and made noise...running water noise...I can not stand to have constant background noise! It drives me insane!
It is the thought that counts...I am a lover of candles and "mood" type stuff, so he wasn't completely of track?!
But yeah, thats the worst...so I'd say I have been pretty lucky, 13+ years and counting! We generally don't get each other surprise gifts...we are very practical...its more like "what exactly do you want, so we don't waste any of our $"...at our house Christmas is for the kids and a time for being around family!
A multi-pack of those flimsy cutting boards! He actually wrapped them. When I picked up the gift, I thought he'd gotten me a calendar. I'm a pretty practical person and tend to get practical gifts, but this one made me say, "What the heck!"
Well our first Christmas together my husband got me a Foreigner cd. Don't get me wrong, it is a great band. The only problem was that I never expressed any kind of interest in having a cd of them. Then this past Christmas he got me a purse that was more suitable for an older woman but bless him he was trying.
we were having a baby in january and instead of buying me a gift he bought me a diaper bag, i was wanting to buy one for myself... not only was it the wrong diaper bag, it was one of those ugly ones too. he knew i didnt want it for christmas, and we had money so it wasnt like we were poor or anything and couldnt afford gifts... so i took his phone i bought him and gave him receiving blankets!
Last year was our first year exchanging gifts (married 7 years, dated 3 years). I told him I wanted the "Twilight" books. He got them for me but made sure he went the cheapest way out. He bought from some lady on Craigslist for $40. I know money is not a thing and we need to appreciate the thought but why can't we just be spoiled sometimes. And every year for Christmas and my birthday I always get asked what did eric get you and I always say "nothing". Pretty pathetic when you have a large family and all the other wives received such nice gifts, it actually makes birthday and christmas's not my favorite time of the year. But with 3 kids they make it all up. Oh and talking about kids and birthdays. I have a 6 year old and a 2 year old, not once did my husband ever tell them it was my birthday so needless to say I never got a "Happy Birthday" from them, which really hurt more than anything. I always try to spoil him some way. This year his birthday was 3 weeks ago, he didn't get anything.... it tore me up inside but I didn't even remind the kids that it was his birthday. He wanted to go out to lunch that day and I made sure I had every excuse possible made up. Sometimes they need to be felt unwanted too.
So this year for Christmas, Santa's going to spoil Mommy!!!! Who knows about Daddy, he might get lucky.... I'm just tired of the fact that I am not acknowledge as a hard worker, I take care of him the kids and the house and don't ever get anything in return..... Just sick of it.
My ex has to be the worst gift giver ever!! I asked for Bath & Body Works in my favorite smell, knowing he needed a simple but precise gift. Shopping is not his thing at all. Gave him the store, which mall was closest with the store and told him the fragrance. What did I get? A six pack of Dove bar soap because "It's the good one right?" MEN!
my husband is wonderful when it comes to christmas gifts, we don't exchange bday gifts because we usually don't have the money. however this yr from valentines day he really wanted to get me something. I told him how much we could afford to spend in our budget (I believe it was $15) instead of getting me one nice thing he gets me a bunch of like cheap things that only ended up in a closet...he think more about quantity than quality. my dad always does the funniest thing with my moms christmas gift. he always gets her something dumb (a slinky, a nose hair trimmer, a chia pet) and hides a $100 gift card to her favorite store inside
Well, my husband pretty well stinks at gift giving. We've been married almost 8 years now....and I've just learned not to expect anything....and then I won't be disappointed ...because there have been years when that's exactly what I got....NOTHING. That particular year - I had started shopping early - (I always do) so I had several things stashed away. One of the things that I bought was a 1/18 scale model of his Nissan 350Z, then I took it to the graphics guy who did the graphics on his car for the track, and while the car only cost less than $20 - the 1/18 scale graphics were $100! Kind of splurgey for a not really practical gift - but one that I thought he would love on the shelf with his racing trophies. Well.. it was already at the graphic guy - by like the end of Oct... By about Dec 15 - my husband hits me with this "let's just exchange stockings this year" bit. I was kind of hurt - because he had just ordered some expensive modifications for the Nissan - that I thought really could have waited, or been called his Christmas gift. So..I took back the other things that I had - and used the $ for our daughter who wasn't quite 1 yet. I made up a really nice stocking and filled it with all kinds of things that he likes and doesn't usually get, and wrapped up the scale model too. On Christmas he invited his employee over to spend the night and have Christmas with us, then told me to go get him a gift of something for the garage that he already owned and the employee had admired - so we even had a gift for him! On Christmas morning - mostly it was all about the baby - but there were a few gifts from my family that had come in the mail, and then the car.......he LOVED LOVED LOVED it. His buddy was drooling all over it and saying how cool it was etc...Oh....I forgot to say - that on Christmas Eve - he hits me with "let's just exchange cards"....So on Christmas morning - when he starts pawing through his stocking looking at all the goodies - he didn't even have a card - so he said "let's just share my stocking". Whatever! I never touched it until it was time to stuff it back in the box with all the decorations for next year. What was priceless....was when we got to his parents house and he was showing off the car and everyone was fussing over it and saying how cool that was, and what a creative idea etc.....his mom looked at me and said "what did Nick give you?" and in front of everyone I got to say "nothing" and she said "no really, what did he give you?" and I answered "well, maybe you could call the new turbo charger or sway bars for the Z my gift....because he just got those and now things were too tight for him to go shopping for me". Another year he kept going on and on about how he hit it out of the park and I was going to be so thrilled....to receive a new dishwasher - a ridiculous expenditure as the one we had was pretty new. I complained aobut it to him and told him that I thought a supply line was pinched because it didn't seem to throw around enough $ - as dishes would come out with BUTTER on them still. He bought and installed the cheapest one he could right before we got married and I moved in. Well, he had this "deluxe" one installed and I guess the installer pointed out to him when he pulled the "old" new one out that he had pushed it back and set it on a supply line and ....it was pinched and water could barely get through. hmmmmm. Last year I told him that I wanted 2 things.....1) a pair of jeans that fit, and for my SUV to be detailed / waxed buffed on the outside - and that he didn't even have to pay for it - he could do that himself - with 1/2 the effort that he puts into any of his race cars and I would be happy as it had been 2+ years since it was waxed and I have to drive it 'till the wheels fall off. Well......I got a couple of I - O - U's, and a stocking with some note pads & pens, and a pair of utility scissors. In August - I finally ordered myself some jeans from Eddie Bauer online clearance, and I'm still waiting on that wax job! What really stinks is that I plan for months, and tuck away a little $ here and there, and save to get just the right thing(s) that I put alot of thought into because I love love love Christmas...but in 8 years of marriage and 1 of dating that message hasn't sunk into his thick head yet. I know that Christmas is more than material stuff, but in these busy days and lives that we have, I kind of like to use it to take a moment to spoil the ones we love and maybe splurge on a little something that maybe they wouldn't ordinarily buy for themselves on a daily basis, treat them and tell them how much we love and appreciate them on a daily basis even though maybe we don't take time to say/show it daily.
1) Gym socks and a gift certificate to a sporting goods store where I do not shop - when I was 8 months pregnant!
He said he was trying to be supportive because I had said I'd need his support getting back into shape. *sigh* Sad thing is, I think he WAS trying to be supportive though I had told him point blank that I'd need him supporting me taking TIME to go to the gym! Not buying me socks!
2) Frying pans and some cheap heavy African earrings he "helped" one of our sons pick out. I had asked for the pans because we needed them - but that was ALL he gave me! And his MOM is really into African things. Me - Not so much. And they are HEAVY and HUGE earrings - I use them as Christmas ornaments now.
3) On my **40th** birthday, he gave me permission to buy myself a new pair of dance shoes. And I am the working parent in the family....ouch!
He got great gifts before I married him. I have been stressing to him how NICE those gifts were.
Now the year his mom got me hangers was interesting....
My husband likes to buy snow gear--think mittens and ear-flap hats. I think the first 5 years we dated I got a new set of winter wear--Oh, and he got me a "Planet of the Apes" action figure--because I liked the movie! The best part was he talked up the gift constantly because he just knew I would LOVE it! So, it was hard to hide the disappointment of an action figure for Christmas...because I had never, ever owned nor wanted to own an action figure.
This year I found out my husband went and bought me a gun for Christmas. Mind the fact I have never shot a gun and don't like guns. SO is the gift for me or him? I have read articles that a woman should be there to pick out the gun. I have not say in the matter, "I bought you the gun and it should not matter it came from the heart," was his reply.
He can kiss my __________! But because I don't want the gun, he calls me selfish. I told him what I did not want for Christmas and that is what he bought me. It is great to be the wife of a man that can't think of things like gift cards or jewelry....guess I am going to be Annie Oakley!
While there will always be something I'll find nice under the tree for me, my husband of 20 years has a habit that I find annoying - if we "need" something, he'll wrap it up and put it under the tree as a "gift" - items such as potholders, kitchen towels, cooking utensils (basic ones like from Walmart, not a fancy kind from the gourmet store) - AND he'll save those items for last, which isn't what you want, you want something fun for last, not a let down