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r / December 23, 2010 11:53 AM

I'm still pretty pissed off about the sweatshirt emblazoned with my name in puffy paint that my aunt gave me for Christmas a few years ago. She obviously took a lot of time and money to make this horrible thing, and I only wore it until she left after dinner. My mom graciously let us throw them away.

Anon / December 23, 2010 12:14 PM

I received a vintage concert poster from a close relative. It was a band I don't even like. The gifter thought it was great this band was playing in town on the day I was born. Only the date on the poster was not the day I was born. It wasn't the year I was born. It was the correct month and century.

annie / December 23, 2010 1:35 PM

my ex gave me a scale. seriously.

Spook / December 24, 2010 12:05 PM

A stuffed turtle.

JP / December 24, 2010 2:37 PM

my mother gave me an animatronic "Bananas in Pajamas" toy. I was in my 20's at the time.

anon / December 24, 2010 10:51 PM

My evil stepmother who was always haranguing me about being *so* selfish and "little miss perfect" gave me a sweatshirt that said "It's all about me!" across the front. Nice.

Mucky Fingers / December 27, 2010 10:40 AM

A Darth Vader spatula.

j / January 2, 2011 11:14 PM

you're a fool to believe a darth vader spatula is "worst gift" worthy

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