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What's the strangest gift you have ever received?

Asked by lillycoyote (24810points) November 30th, 2010

For Christmas, Hanukkah, a birthday, wedding gift, baby shower, graduation… any occasion.

Did you open the gift in the presence of the giver and if you did were you able to at least look like you liked it or did the expression on your face give you away?

And what did you end up doing with it? Did you have to keep and wear it, use it or display it, at least when the person who gave it to you was around because it came from someone whose feelings you didn’t want to hurt? Keep it around so you could get a good laugh every once in a while? Throw it out? Regift it?

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iamthemob's avatar

A bouquet of little doll’s heads.

It was the strangest and the best…it was on display in my home for years.

chyna's avatar

I got a dust buster for Valentines Day from my now ex-husband. I can only imagine the current Mrs. Smith is now using my dust buster.

lillycoyote's avatar

@iamthemob That sounds strange and great and it reminds me that I totally forgot to give that as an option in my details: getting a really strange gift and absolutely loving it. :-)

bobbinhood's avatar

I was once given a tie-dyed bear with stiff, painted butterfly wings. That is just not me on so many levels. I opened it in front of the giver, but it wasn’t a problem. I’m good at acting grateful for any gift, because I am genuinely grateful for the relationship that prompted the gift. If I don’t want something, I keep it long enough for whoever gave it to me to forget about it , and then I don’t feel bad getting rid of it or giving it to someone that will use it.

iamthemob's avatar

@lillycoyote – you know me – I’ll always include missing options if I don’t see them in an OP, regardless of whether they’re helpful or appreciated. ;-)

That’s how I roll, yo. Don’t you wish you had friends that would give you that bouquet now? ;-)

erichw1504's avatar

For Christmas, from my father’s wife, a bar of soap. I kid you not, a bar of soap. It was a unique, handmade kind, but seriously? Do I smell or something? I don’t even use soap anymore.

chyna's avatar

@erichw1504 Could that be why he gave you soap?~

erichw1504's avatar

@chyna I meant that I use liquid soap! Funny funny!

chyna's avatar

@erichw1504 I assumed that. :-)

bobbinhood's avatar

@chyna I didn’t. Now I feel dumb…

erichw1504's avatar

@chyna No, but seriously. I smell.

JilltheTooth's avatar

Three years in a row my mother gave me the exact same green sweater. We’d had a good laugh the second year, because I was wearing sweater #1 when I opened sweater #2. The following year I was wearing sweater#2 when I opened sweater#3. She doesn’t give me sweaters anymore.

lillycoyote's avatar

@iamthemob Yes, I would love a bouquet made of doll heads! I could make one myself, I suppose; it’s just that while getting it as a gift from a friend would be very cool and I would display it proudly, but making one for oneself just seems kind of creepy. :-)

iamthemob's avatar

@lillycoyote – yeah…unless given to you, it’s a little too ritualistic to be done by oneself.

lillycoyote's avatar

@JilltheTooth That’s hilarious. Did you actually like the sweater? Maybe not enough to have three of them, but…

JilltheTooth's avatar

@lillycoyote : Actually, I still have one of them (wore out the other two) and I still wear it sometimes! I guess you could call it a very successful gift…er…gifts! :-)

lillycoyote's avatar

@bobbinhood Yeah, my mom sent me a care package when I was in my first semester in college and it contained a number of odd things, some more appreciated than others, but included was a cheesy pink t-shirt with a unicorn on it. It was just awful and so not me and I was thinking “what daughter are you sending this thing to cause it’s not me?” It also made me kind of sad because it made me feel like she didn’t know a thing about me, about who I was. I never said anything to her about it and we both eventually figured out who each other were.

lillycoyote's avatar

@JilltheTooth At least she knew what you liked. It could have been a lot worse; she could had given you the same hideous sweater three years in a row.

JilltheTooth's avatar

Well, there were a few of those over the years, too. Goodwill benefits from a lot of my mother’s clothing choices for me!

bobbinhood's avatar

@lillycoyote Yeah…I have lots of interesting t-shirt examples. Last Christmas my sister got me an XL “5 out of 4 people have trouble with fractions” t-shirt. Funny. Give the math major a t-shirt that is three sizes too large and implies she struggles with math. That one’s still sitting in its gift bag in my closet.

My mom once intentionally got me a t-shirt that she knew I would never wear just because she thought it was adorable. It had big flowers and a large gold chain dominating the front, and said something snooty. Well, she was right – I haven’t worn it.

I’m glad things have gotten better between you and your mother. Mother/daughter is a very special relationship when it’s able to work out right. :)

MissA's avatar

I once dated a wonderful man who, early on, gave me a little gizmo that turned hard-boiled eggs square. I’ve moved it with me over the years. I thought that it was pretty unique. Maybe not, anymore.

Berserker's avatar

A rubber rat ass. This stems from one of the group homes I was in, where for a while, everytime someone spoke to me I just always replied by ’‘I don’t give a rat’s ass.’’
So as a joke, I was given a rubber end of a rat’s ass for my birthday.
I know I had it coming, but I felt pretty offended and sad, but I didn’t express that.
The intent is what sucked; the ass, I must say, was awesome.

Supacase's avatar

There is no way my description can do this justice…

My stepmom gave me a bracelet and watch set. The bracelet and watch strap were made of nickle-sized buttons with photos of cat faces under domes of clear resin. The shape of the dome made some of the faces look larger in places. It was so ugly, so strange and so damn funny. I received it my mail. My friend and I would pull it out of the office desk every now and then when we were having a bad day just to make ourselves laugh – always worked. We would laugh until we cried.

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erichw1504's avatar

The gift of life… because life is strange.

Eclipse's avatar

I’m not sure about the strangest gift I’ve ever received, but the strangest gift I’ve ever given was a lettter written in my own blood.

Oh wait that wasn’t a gift, that was a threat and I think it worked.

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