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Readers Respond: Bad Gift From a Friend

Responses: 10


Did your friend give you a really awful or horribly inappropriate gift? What was it? Tell us. Share Your Story

Bad gift? Oxymoron

It makes me sad to read these. Friends are very hard to come by in this world and to be so small as to make an issue over the inappropriateness of a "gift" strikes me as tragic and self-absorbed. I read these expecting to find humor, but found pettiness instead. Any gift, regardless of how awful it may be, requires SOME thought and effort on the part of the giver and should be appreciated for that alone. Otherwise, you may find you never have another gift to complain about--from anyone.
—Guest Becca

What are you saying?

It was my birthday and my best friend of 15 years insisted on seeing me to give me a gift. I'm typically hesitant to open gifts and waited but she insisted I open my gift. So I did and was so surprised, a bar of soap! I don't even use soap, strictly body wash and she knows it. As I opened it she said that smells so good I should have got one for myself. Maybe it could be her present this year because I certainly don't need it. I was embarrassed for both of us.
—Guest Lolly

Friends Suck!

For my best friends birthday I gave her a photo album filled with pictures from when we were children until now. She loved it so much she cried. A few months later for my birthday she gave me a prepackaged $20 gift set from the Body Shop. I just found out she gave another friend who changes friends all the time a ring from Pandora worth at least $70. Cool, what a great friend. I'm obviously not showing how bitter I am right now.
—Guest Not Happy Jan.

Who's Pleading Poverty?

Considering I'm living on little more than $800 a month (disability), I'm very generous. I put a lot of time and effort into gifts for friends. Alas, I am not the one pleading poverty! Once upon a time, I was a professional artisan. I can't work at that pace anymore, but what I produce these days is worth good money. So a friend and I exchanged Christmas gifts recently. I opened mine first, not a problem since my friend had not wrapped anything. I said I liked the gift bag. She said she had gotten it for free. Oh, that's, uh, nice. There was a paint set in there that she had bought for herself, but decided she wasn't going to use, and there were two DVDs that she had just bought 15 minutes earlier. How thoughtful, considering I had spent 7 months on gifts for her and her son. Gosh, I could have sold that stuff for $$$! Her expression showed that she knew the disparity. She kept talking about her broke-ness. I can't relate: I don't make close to 6 figures like she does. What gives?

Thrift store gift

My friend volunteers at a Thrift store and gets store credits. She gave me a wall hanging she said she got at a craft sale but I know it was from the Thrift store. I hung it up anyways. It is the thought that counts - right?


So one year my best friend gave me a Cadbury mug and chocolate for my birthday, but when I looked at the box it said "Complimentary Gift". Probably not the best idea to give your best friend something you got for free.. Ouch. I guess she really appreciated the expensive present that I got for her birthday.
—Guest Caitlin


The worst gift I got was a pants outfit big enough to fit the state of Texas. I think just because I confided in my friend about how I used to get clothes way over my size because I was the largest in the family, but my friend turned that around real quick by doing the same thing to me, and she always brags about how she doesn't accept clothing as a gift because no one knows her taste, but she never ask me about my taste in clothing. Some people you know need to be some people you knew. Of course we are not friends anymore.
—Guest Delores

Lamest Give Ever

One year my friend gave me a tin angel she found at a rummage sale. I don't even like that kind of stuff.
—Guest Edie

socks. Every year.

About six years ago my friend gave me socks for my birthday. That was it. Socks. And a card. The socks were funny, and I laughed. But I was mad. Socks? Then the next year, she gave me socks again. She said she knew how how much I loved the first pair. I didn't love them. But now I couldn't tell her that. Every year since then, it's been socks. Different socks. But still...
—Guest CarlaFri

Oh yeah... Pregnancy for Dummies

When my friend was pregnant, she talked constantly about it to the point where that was all she could talk about. We'd try to change the subject occasionally, and she'd change it right back. It was all about her body, her baby, and went way over the top. I thought she'd get over it once she had the baby, but before she even delivered she gave me a Pregnancy for Dummies book for Christmas so I could better understand her. After she had the baby, our friendship just kind of dropped off.
—Guest Jacki

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