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A woman has shared an anecdote about the worst Christmas present she's ever received, having revealed she was once been given a gift from a date that he'd already used.
Let's face it, sometimes it's hard to feel inspired when it comes to buying presents, which either involves trawling the net for hours on end to find something suitable, or - even worse - physically schlepping round the shops and emerging with a shrug... and a pair of socks.
But of all the tat you've bought people in the past, you can take comfort from the fact that it definitely could have been worse - as a recent Reddit thread proves, after one user posed the question: "What's the worst Christmas present you have received?"
One person responded to say they were once given a 'dish towel' when they were eight, while another admitted they got 'toothpaste and vitamin pills' from their mum.
A third offered up: "Looking back, it wasn't a bad present, but when I got a pair of pants for Christmas when I was 6, I started crying and screamed out 'You're supposed to get me these anyways!'"
But one woman was able to top all of them when she revealed someone she was dating just decided to wrap up some stuff he'd already used.
She recalled: "So I was dating a guy for a few months when Christmas rolled around. He had recently started a new job that required travel and this was before smart phones and built in GPS in your car were common, so I splurged a bit and got him a Garmin to help him find his way. Thoughtful, useful, but not too sentimental; it felt perfect for where the relationship was at the time.
"Due to schedules, we couldn't get together until a few days after Christmas. In my haste to go see him, I walked right out the door without his gift. I didn't realize it until I got to his house and I felt terrible, but he said, 'No worries, I'll give you your gifts now and I'll just get mine later'."
The bloke then returned with 'two wrapped gifts', which the Reddit user noted looked as though they had been 'rewrapped' due to some of the paper being 'messed up'.
"I carefully unwrapped the first package," she continued.
"It was a MMA magazine. That had clearly been read. I was... confused. I do not like MMA. Not even a little bit. Nor have I ever expressed interest in MMA. Not once. He, on the other hand, loved all things MMA.
"Trying to move on, I politely thanked him, set the magazine down, and refocused on the next gift. I could tell it was a DVD from the shape of the package. And indeed, it was a DVD. A Forrest Gump DVD. With the cellophane wrapper missing.
"Now don't get me wrong, Forrest Gump is a solid choice. Except, I already owned a Forrest Gump DVD. And now here I was suddenly the proud owner of a second copy that appeared used.
"I again thanked him and sat there quietly, trying to wrap my head around how he could have arrived at the conclusion that a used magazine on a topic I didn't like and a secondhand DVD of something I already owned would make for good Christmas gifts."
It turned out her suspicions were correct, as the fella 'got a little quiet', before 'sheepishly' volunteering: "I, uh, got bored so I watched the movie yesterday [and] I, uh, hadn't seen that issue yet... so I went ahead and read through it. I think you'll really like it!"
To clarify things, the woman then asked if he got her a magazine because he wanted to read it and then watched the movie because he was bored.
"His only response was, 'Well yeah, I guess so,'" she said, adding that she 'left not long after' and 'returned the Garmin for a full refund' the next day.
About a week later, he then called and said he didn't think it was working out - and, needless to say, the woman agreed.
She said: "As we were wrapping up the call, expressing well wishes and all that, he paused for a beat and said, 'Hey, uh, were you still going to give me that Christmas present?'"
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