25 Unbelievable Christmas Gifts Given

Posted by , Updated on January 18, 2024

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year…or so the song says. With eggnog, pumpkin pie, cookies, joyous music, and presents under the tree, it’s easy to see why people love Christmas. It brings family and friends closer together each year, and if anything, you get to put up a tree in your house. When does that ever happen otherwise? Tons of shiny presents under the tree makes Christmas even more fun for everyone. But sadly, not everyone gets a jolly present from old Saint Nick. Sometimes, for one reason or the other, people receive very odd and bizarre gifts. Here are 25 Disturbing Christmas Gifts You Won’t Believe Were Actually Given.



Grandma's Not Messing Around

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A woman from Tacoma, Washington wrote into the Reader’s Digest claiming she got a creepy Christmas present full of lingerie from her 88-year old grandmother. Her grandmother was hoping she’d eventually get a grandson.


Flush with Excitement?

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On Christmas Day, the last thing you’d expect is to pull out a squishy, padded, black-and-white flowered toilet seat. But that’s exactly what happened for one Braselton, GA woman. Worst yet, she received it from her father-in-law.


Baby Doll

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One Redditor claimed when they were 6 years old, they received a baby doll from their uncle. He found it really weird his uncle would give a 6-year-old boy a baby doll but had to fake his excitement.


Something Useful

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One woman received a Christmas gift from her boss at her office. It was wrapped nicely and on the tag, it read, “Something Useful, from:” When she opened it, she was shocked to find sanitary napkins inside. Her boss came over and said, “I hope I got your preferred brands correctly.” She resigned soon after.


Clueless Uncle

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Stereotypically, uncles are known for ruining Christmas in some way or the other, whether through political rants or drunken tirades. However, in this one case, one uncle took things maybe a bit too far. A thirteen-year-old’s Christmas present from their uncle included a condom and a $20. Usually, it’s the thought that counts. But in this case, the thought might actually be worse than the gift itself.


Box of Rocks

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Sometimes not knowing where a person’s head is at is the creepiest thing of all, especially when they give you a present that doesn’t make any sense. In this case, a woman from Tulsa, OK received a box of gravel from the driveway as a present. Merry Christmas?


Weird Science

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At the age of 10, a boy from Boyds, MD, got a Christmas gift wrapped in Birthday Paper. Inside was a dissection kit. Luckily, he liked biology, so he used it to dissect dead guinea pigs his parents brought home.


Replica Jacket

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A woman from Bowling Green, KY received a gold-quilted baseball jacket from her now ex-mother-in-law. It was a hand-sewn replica of what the mother-in-law’s dolls were wearing.



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One Redditor revealed they received a pair of “Handerpants,” or gloves that look like whitey-tighty underwear. We’re not sure if this is funny, creepy, or a bit of both.


Neil Patrick Harris' Kids

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Neil Patrick Harris shared on Instagram a picture of himself holding up two very creepy frames with his children frowning and looking rather macabre in black and white photos. He seemed to enjoy it, but we’re not so sure that’s something we’d want for Christmas.


Misguided Aunt

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The uncles aren’t the only ones to blame for creepy Christmas gifts. One misguided aunt gave her nephew a gift he’ll never forget. It was a condom in a keychain with an outdated Nike logo that read, “Just Use It.”


Anti-Christmas Gift

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One Redditor recalled a time when his uncle came over for Christmas with an “anti-Christmas box” wrapped in devil wrapping paper. Inside was a bunch of inappropriate and disgusting gifts. He was only ten.


Creepy Boss

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One woman recalled when she turned 21, her boss gave her wine coolers and a gift card to Victoria Secret for Christmas. Needless to say, she was creeped out by it.


Pregnant Keychain

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One December, a woman named Lara recalled the time she was very pregnant and about to deliver at any day. For Christmas, her boss gave her a clear keychain of a pregnant woman with a baby bobbing around inside her belly. He thought it was funny, but she found it disturbing.


Gross Underwear

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No one wants to get underwear for Christmas. It’s on top of the list as a horrible present. But one Redditor claims to have received a gift from her godmother that tops it all. She got dirty underwear from her godmother’s husband.


Beard in a Ziploc

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One Redditor told his uncle he wished he could grow a beard like his. His uncle took the admiration a little too far, and for one Christmas, he gave this Redditor a Ziploc bag with his beard inside.


Embarrassing Gift Return

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A week before getting married, a Redditor’s sister-in-law got her a gift bag full of lube for Christmas. She felt embarrassed having to return it at all to the little old lady at Target.


Christmas Ornament

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A narcissistic grandmother gave her entire family, including children under ten, homemade Christmas ornaments with a picture of herself in the middle. It was so that no one would forget her during Christmas.


What's in the Box?

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One Christmas, a Redditor’s dad put a human skull in a toy box as a Christmas present for his wife. This didn’t go over well at their maternal grandmother’s house.




One person’s mother-in-law would always give out inappropriate gag-gifts. On one particular Christmas, she gave a pair of flip-flops made out of feminine napkins.


Smelly Owl


At an office Christmas party, everyone gave out white elephant gifts. In one case, one person got a large, creepy knitted owl you might find hung up on your grandma’s wall. It smelled like someone had emptied an entire can of Febreeze on it to cover up the ungodly smell.


Shredded Cheese

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Handing out grocery items for Christmas is usually a bad idea. But apparently, this Redditor’s mom didn’t get the memo when she gave her sister a bag of shredded cheese from Kroger.


Religion in the Workplace

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Religion and Christmas are always going to be somewhat intermingled. But its probably best to keep it clear of the office. At her workplace, a woman described how her boss was very religious and handed out books from her church bookshop. Two of her co-workers received gifts like, “Why other religions are wrong,” and “Answers to all the big questions in life.”


Hulk Hogan Underwear

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A Redditor explained that for Christmas he received Hulk Hogan underwear sized for an eight-year-old from his aunt. He was fourteen.



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A Redditor was dating a girl who knew he was embarrassed about his teeth because of his fluorosis. He always tried hard to hide his teeth when he smiled. Well, on Christmas, his girlfriend’s family bought him a toothbrush with his name on it.

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