These are the worst Secret Santa gifts people have received
People might be working from home, but that hasn’t stopped the tradition of Secret Santa.
The worst case scenario is that someone who doesn’t like you or know you picks your name out of the (virtual) hat.
In the best case, it’s someone who actually thinks of something thoughtful for you.
Vistaprint found that on average Brits spend £12.38 on a Secret Santa gift, but 45% of us have regifted something unwanted.
As it’s about time that of the year colleagues and friendship groups will offer up their Secret Santa gifts, we’ve rounded up some of the worst gifts people have received over the years.
An empty DVD case
‘I threw the empty case at them and told them they were a d*ck. They said it was just a joke and laughed then proceeded to do nothing about it. We actually got on and I forgot about it over Christmas.’
Chocolate body paint
‘My worst gift secret Santa gift was chocolate body paint from a male colleague – slightly embarrassing to say the least as a woman. He didn’t understand what all the fuss was about (he was from New Zeeland, apparently it’s a totally normal gift to give there…). It was made worse by the fact my very Christian bosses were way more offended than I was and asked if I needed to talk to someone about how I felt…’
A neon pink unicorn head wall mount
‘It also lit up… I gave it away like two days later.’
A canvas print of a coffee bean
‘I once got a secret santa gift from a colleague I had not yet met. She bought me a massive canvas print of a coffee bean for my apartment because she heard I liked coffee. The sentiment was lovely, but this really was a hideously ugly piece of art. Later, when I had colleagues round for drinks I had to fish this out from the back of a cupboard and wall mount it to save embarrassment.’
Four toilet rolls
‘I got four toilets rolls because I said so many Secret Santa gifts are plastic tat that end up in the bin, so we should get something useful instead…’
A fake Wii remote
‘I didn’t even own a Wii console. I took it to CEX to trade it in, turns out if wasn’t even a legit remote. It was a counterfeit one and they gave me £2 for it!’
A heart-shaped photo frame with a photo of all their office romps
‘A guy in my friend’s office hooked up with three different women during the year and had developed a reputation as a ladies man. My friend got him for Secret Santa and bought him a red heart-shaped photo frame and put photos of all three women in and wrapped it up… Everyone was really embarrassed, except for my friend who found the whole thing hilarious!’
A mistletoe headband
‘I was on a five-month residential training course and got a headband with plastic mistletoe on it because people said I was such a flirt! For about 30 seconds I was offended then realised they were right and proceeded to use it all day!’
A twerking game
‘It was essentially a cardboard box with ping pong balls in it and a strap to attach it to yourself. I gave it to a colleague who said it would be great for her family party…’
A grow your own boyfriend kit
‘I’d expect this gift from a laddish mate, but it came from my best friend of 10 years who knows that I am quite adamantly heterosexual.’
‘That moment when you figure out the person who picked you is the person who’s off sick, so you don’t even get a present…’
There have been a few Secret Santa gifts people have loved though.
Here are the things people were grateful to receive…
A one-way ticket to Barcelona
‘In our work Secret Santa last year someone received a one way plane ticket to Barcelona which was bought during the Black Friday sale! It was definitely one of the most creative and out there ones.’
A tour around Buckingham Palace
‘In the Christmas of 2015 I got a ticket for a tour around Buckingham Palace. I was not feeling well – thought it was from too much partying – and threw up inside… Later found out I was pregnant!’
A solar powered dancing gnome
‘I Velcroed it to the parcel shelf in my car. It makes me laugh.’
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