Top 10 Worst Christmas Gifts to Receive

by Emma W.R. on December 23, 2016

Buying Christmas gifts can be a little tricky, but I feel it is important to give a gift that you know the person receiving the gift will appreciate.  I have seen some of the craziest gifts out there.  Makes me wonder, “What were they thinking?!”  I put in a lot of time when picking out gifts for my family and friends and I hope they do the same.

I have picked my top 10 worst Christmas gifts to receive.

  1. Topping my list of the worst of the worst is a ball of nothing.  Yes they actually sell a plastic, clear ball filled with air.  Even as a joke, this is pretty useless.1
  1. How about this talking about useless gifts?  A professional thumb wrestling toy is definitely not needed by anyone I know.  I can’t imagine who comes up with this stuff.2
  1. Now this is something out of the ordinary. My son received this bacon wallet from one of my sister-in-laws.  Yes, the kid loves his bacon, but a bacon wallet?  Really?


  1. These are dry mops that you wear on your feet around the house to clean your floors.  Keep your house clean to begin with and there is no need for these things.  Isn’t it easier to just a sweeper around the house.  If I wanted to slide my feet across the floor, I would take up ice skating.
  2. Talk about silly!  A knife block that has the knives stabbing through a person is just sadistic.  Who in their right mind finds this interesting?  I wouldn’t want my kids to view this on a daily basis.  Nightmares!!!!5

Now numbers 6 through 10 are a little more of traditional.  6. A block of coal is simply a waste of money.  And who really eats 7. fruitcake?  No one I know.  8. Handmade things might be great for a child to give a parent, but no thanks to those hand knitted sweaters that never fit correctly and are usually the ugliest things. 9.  I know this may sound ungrateful, but gift cards are the most impersonal gift.  If you don’t know me well enough to know what I would like, then don’t waste your money on a present.  Lastly, 10. any purchase for the house should not be a Christmas present.  I want something designed to fit my personality.  Don’t get me something for the house that everyone can use.  I mean how special a toaster is!

All I can say is be creative and thoughtful.  A present says a lot to the person receiving the gift.

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Lisa May 8, 2018 at 11:48 am

If someone gave me a ball of nothing I’d probably hand it back and say oh good that’s what I got you too and then keep the thoughtful gift I got them for myself.


JoAnne April 20, 2018 at 1:26 pm

Something that they have found in their own drawer.
Somehow you can always tell when people give you something that looks like it was stuck in the back of their bedroom dresser in the drawer.
You know:
hankies, scarfs, jewelry they know you won’t like because they don’t like it themselves. That’s why
they gave it to you.
Oh well, their heart is in the right place anyway.
Happy Gift Giving. Make it nice.


Jane April 20, 2018 at 1:14 pm

The worst gift to get…the one you gave them last year.
Yes, good ole Re-gifting!
Nobody wins those years! Just humbugs.


Ajanaye Fleming September 14, 2017 at 12:30 pm

I actually received a bacon wallet one year for Christmas! Can’t forget the 1000 piece bacon puzzle and bacon flavored toothpicks.


June May 15, 2017 at 10:45 am

Wow #1 is worse than coal!


Deborah February 8, 2017 at 3:30 pm

I’m not going to lie, I actually really liked the knife holder haha It was super unique! But yeah, there’s definitely a time and a place.


Brenda January 31, 2017 at 12:41 pm

I agree with the first 5, but really. I know three people who really want fruitcake. Teenagers actually prefer gift cards. I really don’t think I would want to give a gift to someone who cannot appreciate the thought.


Catherine January 30, 2017 at 1:32 pm

Those floor skates could maybe be useful for my kids. If they are going to run around I might as well get some cleaning done with their feet hahaha


Danielle January 27, 2017 at 12:50 pm

Oh come on, ball of nothing? That is nuts! Atleast put money in it, sheesh


Maya January 23, 2017 at 12:23 pm

I got a partially used gift card once. That was pretty bad.


Trina January 20, 2017 at 9:53 am

Is it weird that I actually might like some of those gifts? haha


Raina January 17, 2017 at 4:23 pm

The first 5 are pretty bad. I hear you regarding gift cards, but at least the person can get something they truly want. And if you give a gift card to a store that you know they love, it does actually show some thought! I am glad we have many months ahead before we have to think about this again for 2018!


Laura January 12, 2017 at 4:11 pm

These are really some terrible gifts, but you have to have a sense of humor!


Oren January 11, 2017 at 10:55 am

Yikes! These gifts are really…something. Go with a giftcard if you don’t know what to buy LOL


Natalya January 10, 2017 at 10:23 am

Ok these are utterly horrific. Tell me you didn’t actually get all this gifts otherwise you need new friends/family!


Ginny January 10, 2017 at 9:13 am

If someone handed me a ball of nothing I would throw it at them. What a waste of money!


Lucille January 9, 2017 at 2:55 pm

Wow these are truly awful gifts. I wouldn’t call them gifts!


Grady January 9, 2017 at 12:37 pm

Seriously? A ball of nothing? Someone is making money off of selling a ball of nothing?


Camilla January 9, 2017 at 10:58 am

What the heck is that last one? Where did you even find thee crazy things? Now I know what to get people I don’t like 😉


Glenn January 9, 2017 at 10:26 am

My kids would actually love that stupid thumb wrestling thing haha

Bet it would keep them busy in the car


Josephine January 17, 2017 at 10:08 am

Thought the same thing when I saw that! My kids would probably go crazy with that silly thing.


Desi January 9, 2017 at 9:59 am

I sadly know some folks who would like a bacon wallet. Oh man…


Eli January 6, 2017 at 11:18 am

Here are a few more . . .
1. Sugar cookies for a diabetic.
2. Season tickets to Montreal Expos baseball games.
3. Blank VCR tapes.
4. A year’s subscription to LOOK magazine.
5. A package of jawbreakers for one’s toothless uncle.
6. A gift card to Gimbels department store.
7. Anything with “New York Mets” written on it.
8. A jigsaw puzzle with one piece missing.
9. A new dog that barks with a lisp.
10. An all-expenses paid vacation for two weeks in Lodi, New Jersey.


Aubrey January 16, 2017 at 9:57 am

Hmmm Eli, I don’t know that I agree with some of that list. I might have to cross a few things off…


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