They say it’s the thought that counts…

It’s a familiar tale and every Christmas it happens. Somebody hands you a gift that is quite possibly the most ugly, weird or distasteful object you’ve ever received, and you force a smile and try to summon up a plausible response.

“Er, thanks. I’ve always wanted a toenail file…”

In case you haven’t already bought a stack of non-lame presents for your extended fam, and so you don’t end up being the person that hands out these shockers, we’ve got the best of the best terrible presents for you to look over. We highly suggest you avoid getting any of these unless you’re looking to give your Nanna a heart attack…

1. This inappropriate gift 


One unfortunate lass reported receiving this totally non-approps gift from her mother for Christmas. “The Kama Sutra Pop-up Book from my mom, who thought it was an art book.” #facepalm

2. This weird sign


Just what everyone really, really wants. A sign that tells you how to report littering. What a beautiful piece of decor for your living room. #epicfail

3. This empty gift bag


This lucky gal received a One Direction gift bag for Christmas from her grandmother. Because she likes One Direction. We were following the logic until we discovered the bag itself was the gift. There was nothing in it. Er, thanks Gran?

4. This hint

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When you receive a festively decorated sponge for Christmas you can only assume someone is trying to give you a not-so-subtle hint about your cleaning skills…

5. These inexplicable T-shirts 


This daughter received not one, but two T-shirts with frighteningly large painted dog faces on them. One for her, and her bestie. Score!

6. This badly thought-out idea 


Never ever again will the parents of these kids let a bean bag enter their house. Definitely NOT a good idea for kids in their destructive phase…

7. This ISIS perfume


Unfortunately we don’t think this perfume will be a hit with too many people this Christmas.

8. This wildly offensive mug 


We get that the friends who gave the gift receiver this mug were probably thinking this would be a funny present, but they may have gone a little too far…

9. These sperm shoes


We’re going to take a wild stab in the dark and say the person who designed these shoes probably didn’t take the time to consider the various implications of their unique logo.

10. This cat toilet brush holder


What better way for a brother to express his love for his sibling than to gift him a cat themed toilet brush holder for Christmas?

11. This nosewarmer


In case you’re wondering – no, nosewarmers definitely aren’t a thing and we don ‘t expect them to take off. Though we have to give the sister who lovingly crocheted them snaps for thinking she was onto something big.

12. This plastic goose


When your mother-in-law gives you a plastic goose you hope it’s not a metaphor for how she feels about you and immediately burn it so you never have to look at it again.

13. This misleading baggie 


This Instagrammer was gifted with a ziplock bag labelled, ‘Bag a Weed’ for Christmas. Unfortunately it turned out to be Christmas seasoning. Shame, that could’ve made the family dinner a lot more interesting…

Images via instagram.com and twitter.com.

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