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Open thread: What are the best and worst Christmas presents you've ever received?

Re-gifted pyjamas, anyone?

File photo of people with cosy socks sitting on a couch.
File photo of people with cosy socks sitting on a couch.
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CHRISTMAS ISN’T JUST about presents but it’s a nice way for people to show they care.

Sometimes we get amazing, thoughtful gifts (regardless of the price tag), and sometimes they don’t quite make the grade.

We want to know, what are the best and worst Christmas presents you’ve ever received (or given)?

To get you started, here are some stories from TheJournal.ie employees about nice and not-so-nice presents of years gone by: 

  • I got a trip to Disneyland and, as a 10-year-old child, that’s the best thing anyone could ask for.
  • A woman I worked with in my last job was telling me she hadn’t pulled a name for Secret Santa yet, but that she had an old pair of pyjamas she got from her Secret Santa the year before which were horrible and she didn’t want, so she’d just pass them on to whoever she got that year … Sure enough she got my name in the draw. When I unwrapped the present the pyjamas were not only as horrible as she promised, but were also a kid’s size that wouldn’t even fit me, and she threw a RAISIN-flavoured Toblerone in the bag with it as well, to add insult to injury. She forgot she had told me the pyjama story and came up to me and said, ‘I saw those and thought of you!’
  • My brother got my mam a set of knives for Christmas one year. She made him get her another gift, and he has never/nor will he ever live it down.
  • The best was a see-through purple Gameboy Colour with Super Mario Land: 6 Golden Coins – I spent hours playing it that Christmas, SUCH a good game! And worst, last year I was given a weird beanie baby cat (when I was 26) … I think it’s still on a shelf in our sitting room.
  • My dad tried to regift me a pair of kitten heels (with an actual cat on the side) that he had bought for my stepmam. They had split up between the time he bought them and Christmas, and he pretended he thought I would like them.

Now it’s your turn. Let us know in the comments.

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Órla Ryan

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