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The Worst Gift Ever? What to Avoid this Holiday Season鈥俠y@slogging

The Worst Gift Ever? What to Avoid this Holiday Season

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As we get into the holidays season, we get more joyful, kind and generous. Or so says every Christmas song! In this thread, the little Grinches in the HN team reveal all their bad holidays' experiences and expose the worst gift they've ever received.

This Slogging thread by M贸nica Freitas, Amy Shah, Sara Pinto, Daniel, Malhar Thanki, Favour Amadi, Jack Boreham, Linh Smooke and Ellen Stevens occurred in slogging's official #random channel, and has been edited for readability.

M贸nica FreitasNov 19, 2021, 6:18 PM

As we get into the holidays season, what was the worst gift you've ever gotten?

M贸nica FreitasNov 19, 2021, 6:22 PM

As a kid, I used to hate getting barbies and socks. I'd destroy the dolls real fast out of spite 馃槀 Now, I don't mind it so much the socks, but I hate receiving perfumes, especially picked out by someone else.

M贸nica FreitasNov 19, 2021, 6:23 PM

How about you?

Sara Pinto, Jack Boreham, Limarc Ambalina, Abeer, Malhar Thanki, SALLYcanttdance, Favour Amadi, Amy Shah, Linh Smooke

Amy ShahNov 19, 2021, 6:31 PM

Anything that was obviously a re-gifted item was my worst gift ever.

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Sara PintoNov 19, 2021, 7:17 PM

M贸nica Freitas, When I was in my teens, people must have not realized that I was not a kid anymore, so I constantly received t-shirts with drawings of princesses, flowers, and whatnot. Needless to say that teen Sara was not pleased and made sure that those t-shirts never saw the light of day 馃槄 Other than that, I never received something I didn't like at all.

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DanielNov 19, 2021, 8:09 PM

I've always hated sports haha and for my 8th birthday an uncle gave me a complete set for playing soccer, that was horrible. Later, some other relatives thought I loved soccer and they enrolled me on some paid course to be 鈥渢he best鈥. That was definitely the worst gift :(

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Malhar ThankiNov 20, 2021, 8:01 AM

M贸nica Freitas, I think "not getting anything" is the worst gift I've got at times.

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Favour AmadiNov 20, 2021, 8:05 AM

Hmmm. I don't think I've ever gotten a worst gift, M贸nica Freitas. I can count the number of times I've been gifted things on one hand and they were all needed. What are your thoughts on gift giving?

Jack BorehamNov 20, 2021, 2:59 PM

M贸nica Freitas, I can't think of one either. On a more humorous note, perhaps the flu on Christmas day, oh and I once got a gift unexpectedly from an ex-girlfriend at my door, which was not appreciated馃槀

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M贸nica FreitasNov 22, 2021, 5:31 PM

Amy Shah, autch, that's bad 馃槀

M贸nica FreitasNov 22, 2021, 5:33 PM

Sara Pinto, You should've kept those t-shirts and made a blanket out of them. At least you would have something to warm you in the wintertime 馃槀

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M贸nica FreitasNov 22, 2021, 5:36 PM

Daniel, Poor kid! Ahaha! They really didn't know you! It was the same for me with dolls. I got so happy when my dad gave me those tracks for mini remote cars 馃槀

M贸nica FreitasNov 22, 2021, 5:37 PM

Malhar Thanki, I'll send you a pair of socks this Christmas 馃挃

M贸nica FreitasNov 22, 2021, 5:41 PM

Favour Amadi, I don't think it's a necessity at all. In my house, we tend to offer things we know someone needs, like clothing, or if you do not really need anything, them something you've wanted for a while. But we try not to go too crazy. For example, last Christmas, I photoshopped two anime posters for my sister, and she loved them. So this is to say that I much rather get something someone made than things bought. What's your view on gift-giving?

M贸nica FreitasNov 22, 2021, 5:43 PM

Jack Boreham, Now, you've made us all curious about that gift 馃槀 Poor girl wanting to leave you a thoughtful gift 馃槀

Linh SmookeNov 22, 2021, 6:27 PM

Hahaha to me it's not about the gifts themselves but the intention behind them. If they put time and effort into getting a gift, even if it鈥檚 something I would not normally get myself, I鈥檒l donate/regift to someone who needs more. As Marie Kondo said, don鈥檛 feel bad about gifting away gifts, gifts have fulfilled their purposes once the gifters have given them to you 馃檪

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Ellen StevensNov 22, 2021, 9:10 PM

Linh's approach is so much nicer than mine. I generally avoid holidays. Taking a page. I think the gift I remember being notably upset about was when I was maybe anywhere from 8-11 years old my parents got me two movies. My Fair Lady and The Sound of Music. Honestly, they may have just gotten it for themsleves but gave them to me. Anyway, I wanted something fun and exciting, and I was pretty irritated, but they sat me down and made me watch both. To this day I think those are the films I have re-watched the most.

Jack BorehamNov 23, 2021, 9:46 AM

M贸nica Freitas, hahaha a pair of trainers, shipped from the US, I appreciated the gift, but was definitely creepy馃槀

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Favour AmadiNov 23, 2021, 10:54 AM

Gift giving, I will probably be the last person to ask to be gifted something or hint it (I need to work on this). I appreciate it when I'm gifted though. It doesn't matter what it was or whether I'll ever use it. The fact that someone saw something and thought about me is all I need to know and I'll cherish it forever. M贸nica Freitas

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M贸nica FreitasNov 23, 2021, 2:23 PM

Linh Smooke, Aww, you've melted my heart 馃挌 That's beautiful. But, yes, the intention and the effort people put into something for you should be the highlight for sure.

M贸nica FreitasNov 23, 2021, 2:27 PM

Ellen Stevens, At least it turned out well, and you now have a special connection/memory about those movies. But holidays can be crazy, especially the closer we get to the holidays, the more cramped the streets and stores get. We become savages! 馃槀

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M贸nica FreitasNov 23, 2021, 2:28 PM

Jack Boreham, That was an effort! I hope they've been useful, at least! 馃槀

M贸nica FreitasNov 23, 2021, 2:29 PM

Favour Amadi, That's beautiful! Is there any gift that you can remember that has been particularly special?

Favour AmadiNov 23, 2021, 2:31 PM

Yes, M贸nica Freitas, I was gifted a course I'd talked about for the longest time.

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