Worst. Christmas. Gift. Ever.

Krysta Anderson
Krysta Anderson

December 22, 2021

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We all know that it is the season for spreading joy and bringing good cheer. But sometimes, people just don’t understand the Christmas assignment. Flair asked: What’s the worst Christmas gift you’ve ever received? Here’s what a few of our readers shared.

A classmate of mine once gave me old and worn clothes in a bag. She looked so happy, as if she did a great deal. But I was not. It was the worst Christmas gift I’ve ever received.

— Tesha Stanislaus, 36, trader

I have gotten some really great gifts in my lifetime. I can’t say it’s the worst, but one that stood out for me was when my mother-in-law gifted me some clothes last Christmas. Although they were the right size, they were too small, so I gave them to my nephew.

— Kirk Johnson, 35, teacher

Family was always a big deal for me growing up, but after my mother passed away, my siblings and I split up and began living at different homes. Christmas was never the same. After having children, it got better, but one year, they spent the season with their father’s family, and while I was invited, I didn’t feel welcome. My worst Christmas gift was being alone.

— Trisha James, 33, chef

For our annual pixie, we included a few more persons from our department who we thought would be cool on the gift exchange. I apparently made wrong moves in the pre-gifting aspect, although I followed her suggestions and options sent via email to the T. She was boisterous once a gift was delivered to her desk and complained about how her pixie knew nothing about her. Meanwhile, the pre gifts she gave to her pixie were lacklustre because he was unable to enjoy them due to allergies. When it became unbearable, we made an executive decision to kick her out of the pixie completely, and I jumped in and gave her pixie a big gift at the end. He was finally pleased, and I was happy to bring back the Christmas spirit.

— Kristen Powell, 37, insurance agent

I remain grateful in spite of the gift. For me, it’s the thought that counts. But I did get some couscous perfume once that stung my nose; the scent wore off in seconds. That’s the worst.

— Janine Hyatt, 34, entrepreneur

I gave the worst gift once. I heard my mother going on and on about wanting a microwave, so I gave her that for her Christmas. She dragged me through the mud, saying that it was for the house and not a gift for her. Suffice it to say, I’ve never given a household appliance ever again. I give personal things.

— Melissa Smith, 33, banker

I’m not sure if this counts but growing up, I never got anything at all for Christmas. My mom just didn’t have the money, and I guess my dad didn’t think it was important. I really wanted a gift, but when you’re raised that way, you learn to expect nothing. These days, I’m grateful if I get a gift, and I’m okay if I don’t.

— Stacia Cassells, 31, singer

I have never gotten a gift I never liked before. Last year my wife bought me two pairs of Clarks. Best Christmas ever.

— Kevon Harris, 31, tax collector


Photo by CHUTTERSNAP on Unsplash.

Krysta Anderson


Krysta Anderson

Tackles sex and relationships with honesty and openness. For months, she took readers on a journey of self-exploration with personal dating column 'Single but Iffy to Mingle'. Now she's ready for an even bigger adventure.

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