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What’s the weirdest holiday gift you’ve ever received?




A young boy cries as he has his photo taken with Santa Claus at the Westfield Shopping center on November 28, 2006 in San Francisco, California.
A young boy cries as he has his photo taken with Santa Claus at the Westfield Shopping center on November 28, 2006 in San Francisco, California.
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You’ve been there. Unwrapping a gift with hope and trepidation only to find that thing  you’ve never wanted, or worse, can’t quite comprehend – a look of false joy paralyzed on your face as you assure the onlooking gift-giver that it’s what you always wanted.

DIY disasters, unwanted family heirlooms, offensive merchandise – whether it’s a white elephant exchange or an earnestly given present, the bright side of receiving an unusual or just plain awful gift is that it makes for a great story – and we want to hear yours!

What’s the weirdest gift you’ve received? How did you react? How have you put it to use?