With Christmas just nine weeks away it isn’t long before many of will be practicing our fake smiles when someone doesn’t quite hit the mark with a gift.
However, these Redditors were really pushed when it came to showing gratitude for a particularly poor set of presents.
In a new thread user Millenial_Trash asked ‘What’s the most insulting gift you’ve ever received?’ and they were met with a wash of stories of disappointing birthdays and Christmases.
Going by the username TheBeardItchesn one user described a bizarre incident when he was gifted with his own belongings.
He recalled: ‘First time I ever met my future mother in law was at Christmas. She went into my travel bag and took out a pair of my own socks, put a bow on them then presented it to me as an xmas gift.
‘I assumed it was a gag gift type scenario and laughed. She was deeply offended that I didn’t appreciate her efforts to show me that I was welcome in the family.’
While it isn’t the amount that is spent on a gift that makes it special some users admitted to being really short changed.
Ptylerdactyl said: ‘From my aunt and uncle, a $5 gift card to Best Buy. I didn’t even know they came in that small of denomination.
‘Turns out they don’t; it was originally a $20 and they spent it down to about $4.83.’
Disappointed employee Xenofon713 shared their story of a measly gift: At work we had a contest to sell the most amount of accessories per phone sold and I won.
‘I receive an email the next congratulating me and telling me to expect my prize soon. It was a f****** yodeling pickle ornament.’
Another user whiskey_riverss shared their story of family favouritism: ‘When I was in high school my step brothers and I sat down to go through our Christmas stockings.
‘They empty theirs, brand new iPods. Mine? Off brand MP3 player. Like in a clamshell package runs on AAs off brand. The favoritism stung.’
Another one said; ‘My now ex wife gave me nothing on my birthday. No gift, no card, nothing. Same week, we’re at the store, she gets a card for a co-worker, a guy. We separated less than a year later.’