Worst Christmas gifts people have ever received

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If you’ve been secretly wishing that you be gifted the best present in the world, only to realize that not all presents come equal, here are some people who shared the worst gifts they have ever received for Christmas to hopefully make you feel a bit better. Illustration by JL JAVIER

Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — One of the most anticipated moments during the Yuletide season is receiving a neatly wrapped gift, shaking it to figure out what it could be, and finally, tearing that glossy wrapping paper off as soon as possible (or for some who have a higher emotional quotient, waiting until Christmas eve).

It is widely known that the custom of gift giving is an homage to the Three Wise Men’s presents to baby Jesus, but pagans in Europe and the Middle East already practiced this tradition (especially during Saturnalia, an event that honors the god of agriculture, Saturn) even before Mary gave birth to Christ.

If you’ve been secretly wishing that you be gifted the best present in the world, only to realize that not all presents come equal, here are some people who shared the worst gifts they have ever received for Christmas to hopefully make you feel a bit better.

 

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“Someone once gave me a Von Dutch trucker cap. It was velvet with studs, chains and patches. Maybe the gift was labeled wrong. But, then again, I wonder who would deserve that gift?”

— Gio Gahol, 30

“During my second year high school’s Kris Kringle, I got a copy of Our Daily Bread from my classmate (Hi Noel). I’m not even religious. I cried and threw it away. Ever since then, I’ve had zero expectations in receiving good gifts.”

— Kenna Gadong, 26

“I got a jar of honey na pamigay in a wedding my ex attended over the holidays. Like a super small parang sample jar of honey. And then I said, ‘Yum is there more?’ He said I’m gonna have to pay him if I keep on asking for more.”

— Guia Galvez, 27

“I don't usually get Christmas presents, but when I was younger, I had one particular ninang who was infamous for giving the tackiest things (I think I received really tacky accessories)! Of course I had to be thankful that she even remembered.”

— Shaira Luna, 31

“In high school, my classmate gave me one of those pedometers you get for free when you buy a box of Anlene milk. She could’ve given me the milk instead.”

— Audrey Laglagaron, 26

“I don’t remember if it was last year or the year before when I got this. The UV Express that I ride everyday always hands out small presents right before Christmas. Everyone got one upon riding. That day, I got mine, thanked our driver, and put it in my back. It was later that evening that I opened it. It was a comb. I have always kept my hair kalbo. That was the most appreciated unusable gift that year.”

— Saul de Jesus, 31

“Anything that is the cash equivalent to the agreed amount is the worst for me.”

— Rachel Buendia, 26

“Five years ago, I got a towel from an aunt for Christmas. It was the kind of towel you'd never use: made with the thinnest of material, doesn't absorb any moisture, leaves fluff and lint (himulmol) on your skin and all over your clothes. The worst part was, the design's a cartoon character. My towel had Spongebob's face on it, and my name in tacky red printed on one end. I was 22.”

— Kit Singson, 27

“I was gifted a fake Nike shirt. It was so obviously fake. I would have appreciated a shirt from SM department store instead.”

— JM Arguelles, 26

“Maybe the one dozen of white cotton sando my mom gave me. She said it was from Santa. I was seven years old then, and I knew she was lying, because I asked Santa for a Barbie doll.”

— Glorese Latosa, 31

“I received a ‘name decoration’ for my room from my ninang of another person’s name. I think it was ‘Rhea.’ :(“

— Patricia Yu, 26