We have all been there with Secret Santa gift exchanges -- the purchase limits, the gag gifts, the last-minute thoughtless re-gifts, the envelopes with a twenty dollar bill (or worse, loose change), and the useless junk you'll never use for anything. Secret Santa is an institution we all kind of "secretly" hate, but at the same time, it saves us from having to buy cheap gifts for everyone at work, or all 20 of cousins. With what began as a twitter announcement about a one-woman comedy show, people were inspired to share the worst Secret Santa Gifts they have either given or received.
You're all invited to my one woman show in which I share anecdotes about all of the times that I've been burned by… https://t.co/GRBNwXXWhQ— Emily Panic (@Emily Panic) 1512498523.0
Twitter did not disappoint.
@aprettybigmouth 2010 Secret Santa. I was active duty Navy. This was my shining moment & watching a guy open this i… https://t.co/adeKJyVUUy— Brooke Knight (@Brooke Knight) 1513425703.0
Shopping for your Secret Santa gift can be hell on Earth.
Those times we have mental meltdowns in the middle of the mall because we have absolutely no idea what to get for a co-worker.
My work Secret Santa is going great, my haters want you to think that I’m having a meltdown in an Aaron Brothers, but I am for sure not.— Vanessa Ramos (@Vanessa Ramos) 1513134036.0
Then there is the issue of walking into a store to buy something for your Secret Santa recipient, but find yourself buying things for yourself instead.
I should really purchase a present for secret santa, but I’m still buying ish for myself.— Laid Bare This Sunday! (@Laid Bare This Sunday!) 1513113891.0
Buying all the things.
Came to @target needing only a secret Santa gift and a new charging cable and spent MONEY THAT I SHOULD NOT HAVE SP… https://t.co/VvXVe8DKZr— jonathan fierros (@jonathan fierros) 1513223420.0
Yes, that it Girl Scout Thin Mints cereal.
Be careful what you say when people ask for hints and advice.
A girl in work asked me for secret santa hints for our workmate and I jokey said "I dunno, he loves fish, get him a… https://t.co/QWFot3en21— ˗ˏˋFlouncy McGooˊˎ ˗ (@˗ˏˋFlouncy McGooˊˎ ˗) 1513246062.0
There are those people who are "resourceful."
I gave away our band merch for secret santa at work— sure (@sure) 1513210607.0
But don't let your boss find out.
@SureIsABand You’re paying for that— Davey Setton (@Davey Setton) 1513222478.0
That's coming out of your paycheck!
Secret Santas who re-gift slightly used items are the worst.
@rebeccabullxch I once got a used and slight damaged "I ❤ London" umbrella which was so thin the water dripped right through it.— Nicci Read (@Nicci Read) 1513422313.0
@aprettybigmouth This was my Secret Santa this year. Yup, a "pre-loved" (aka "pre-burnt") candle. With the letter "… https://t.co/u1krPPzDKM— Emily Tuff (@Emily Tuff) 1513437578.0
Would this be considered quality testing?
@Traveltottie @aprettybigmouth Well you can't expect them to give a gift without checking to see if it worked prope… https://t.co/AFcbGq4y7S— ProudPurpleSnowflake (@ProudPurpleSnowflake) 1513449926.0
Everyone needs to eat, but what kinds a person is a Secret Santa who buys sandwiches?
At least the gift is already wrapped!
don't feel bad what you got for xmas because my sister got this from her secret Santa https://t.co/0ldRGtNJcy— angie (@angie) 1451086963.0
These Secret Santas are the absolute worst people.
This person received something thrown together at the last minute.
Only for her thoughtful gift to be credited to the wrong person.
And this person's Secret Santa didn't even bother to show up.
@aprettybigmouth ...finally I just went to my office and an hour later got a note (made by colleagues) saying she’d… https://t.co/RWDV36Fomm— molly ❄️✨❄️ (@molly ❄️✨❄️) 1513445644.0
Last-minute glovebox grab bag bundle.
This person didn't spend any thought on their gift. All that's missing is the kitchen sink. The presentation is crude as well.
#NothingSaysTheHolidaysLike being a bad secret Santa https://t.co/NhVqKLeFPm— BetsyBoneKirichenko (@BetsyBoneKirichenko) 1480638104.0
This Secret Santa has passive aggressive issues.
@jimmyfallon Secret Santa capped at $5. Got $3.87 in change and a receipt for $1.13 for the bag it came in. @jimmyfallon #WorstGiftEver— Kyla (@Kyla) 1513207468.0
Who caps gifts at five dollars?
And the winner for the laziest Secret Santa gift ever goes to this guy!
This was the secret santa gift I received (£10 limit) https://t.co/C8po7LgDH1— Simon Honeydew (@Simon Honeydew) 1513259566.0
No thoughtfulness required for assembly.
@SimonHoneydew Wow. A lot of thought went into that one.— Berym (@Berym) 1513259950.0
Or is it the smartest gift ever?
@SimonHoneydew genius— Katey (@Katey) 1513260611.0
Just give us the money.
@SimonHoneydew Honestly that's like the best secret Santa gift. Just give me the money do I can spend it on useless things I don't need— Courtney (@Courtney) 1513437649.0
But does handing someone cash defeat the purpose of Secret Santa?
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