The 21 Worst Gift Ideas Ever. DO NOT READ

These are, without a doubt, the 21 worst gift ideas ever. They’re such bad gifts that you probably should stop reading right now.

Just go away.

We have to do this sort of thing. Because we’re All Gifts Considered, we have to consider not only the best gift ideas, but also the worst. Those terrible, lousy, outrageously stupid gifts that somehow still end up being gifted.

But you, dear reader, you do not have to consider all gifts, so you are free to leave.

And leave you should.

Avoid these bad presents.

These gifts are so unspeakably bad that if you proceed you may want to cut off all ties with the human race. To know what humans can do to one another, and that in the name of affection… We say it’s better you don’t know in the first place. It’s not worth it.

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You might be tempted to share this with your friends, but please don’t. For your own sake.

After all, think about it: If you read this list of bad Christmas gifts, disappointing birthday gifts, and regrettable anniversary gifts, and then show it to your friends, they may – in their tasteless, foul, soulless debauchery – seek out one of these bad gift ideas and get it for you.

You don’t want that. Seriously.




Ok, ok, maybe these hilariously bad gifts are not really that bad. Maybe we’re exaggerating. Maybe we’re just trying to be funny. This is probably just a list of lame gifts, dumb ideas that never really took off.

But then again, maybe not.

Maybe there really is a danger that you or someone you love will throw hard-earned money down the toilet for one of these abominations.

Or perhaps there is an even deeper, more sinister reality behind these horrible gifts.

There’s only one way to find out.

But remember, we have to do this. You, however, do not. We’re All Gifts Considered. You, dear, sweet, innocent reader, are not obliged to read any further.

All righty. Here we go.

Twenty-one really, really bad presents.

The 21 Worst Gift Ideas Ever

Last chance! Go away! Warning! These really are the worst gift ideas ever.

1. Eyebrow Razors, 6-Pack

This is one of those four or five things you just don’t say to a woman.

Like, ever.

Or to a man

You just don’t say this to people. Right up there with, “Lose some weight,” or “You should try wearing makeup,” and of course the classic, “When are you due?” After those ones, you don’t want to give a gift that says, “Shave off that unibrow!” Dreadful.

Oh, and you really don’t want to go with the 6-pack.

Plus it’s called Tinkle. Just when you thought this gift idea couldn’t get any lousier. Ugh. Enough of this.

2. Cockroach Stuffed Animal

I know these are just stuffed animal plush pillow, but… ewwwww. A cockroach plush pillow? It’s gross to even look at the photo. Don’t do this to anyone, please.

But seriously. It’s bad enough already, but if anyone has ever had to deal with a cockroach infestation, this is like snuggling with a nightmare.

3. Personalized Branding Iron

Terrible Gift Ideas: Branding Iron

Like, what are they going to brand with that thing?

Think about it. Why on earth would you give someone a personalized branding iron? I’ll tell you why: because you’re a terrible person, and you think they are a terrible person, and you’re a terrible gift giver.

4. Lung Ashtray

Them: “Oh, uhh, thanks, but I switched to e-cigs.”

Awkward pause.

You: “I just gave you a lung ashtray. Do you think I care?”

More awkward.

5. A Cremation Urn For Their Ashes

Worst Gift Ideas Ever and Ever

Speaking of lung cancer… imagine wrapping up a cremation urn! Only if you’re looking for “worst gifts for cancer patients.”

And only if, you know, you’re just a terrible person.

Ok but seriously, you have to admit that some of these urns are really kinda lovely as far as woodcraft and artistry go.

But really?! As a gift?! “Hey honey, here’s the box I’m going to put your ashes into. Happy birthday!”

In the history of bad presents, that’s pretty good.

Any of these will probably be a better idea: 20+ Gifts for Breast Cancer Patients

6. A Pet

Possibly the worst gift idea ever

High maintenance? Check. Ongoing expenses? Check. Annoying as ****? Check. Possible allergic reactions from family members? Check. What could go wrong?

7. Ferret Legging Plaque

Worst Gift Ideas Ever: Ferret Legging Brag Sign

Speaking of ferrets… uh, what? A vintage ‘ferret legging’ plaque? Who would enjoy this? And it’s personalized with the recipient’s name in a not-very-humblebrag. Weirdos.

But you know what’s even weirder? Ferret legging is actually a thing. Yep.

8. Beer Belly Fanny Pack

A well-oiled phrase comes to mind. “I threw up in my mouth a little bit.” That’s an apt description of this hairy crap bag.

If he already has those truck nuts thingies, he’ll probably think this is awesome. Which doesn’t make this any less of a terrible gift; it just tells us a little more about the recipient than we’d like to know.

9. A Donation to the Harvey Weinstein Foundation

Horrible Gifts

This isn’t a real foundation, but you get the idea. Donations to famous lowlifes in entertainment or politics, or to a cause that stands in direct opposition to a person’s beliefs and/or political views. This is just the worst.

10. A Stripper Pole

Utterly tasteless. Don’t ever give a stripper pole to anyone.

Not even the upgraded version.

Not even if there’s a coupon.

11. The “Hey, You’re Lazy and Your House Is Gross” Slippers

Think long and hard, but what single gift for under ten bucks better communicates that someone’s house needs cleaning and that they’re too lazy to do it well? On that score, you won’t find anything worse that this terrible gift.

Plus, the whole thing just screams “cheaply made infomercial product.” Sounds like a winner in the Worst Gifts Ever competition.

12. Exercise Gift Basket

Worst Gift Ideas Ever - Terrible Gift Baskets

Gift baskets are fun, because they’re filled with delicious junk food.

But wait! With this crappy gift you can watch their eyes light up as they decipher its gift-basketness, and then you get to see their eyes light right back down as they realize it’s full of workout DVDs, Propel water, a healthy dose of guilt, and a pedometer.

13. Bathroom Scale with Bluetooth

Nothing like this useless tech gadget that hooks up to your phone to tell you, “you’re fat, lose some poundage.”

Quote possibly the worst gift ever received.

14. Onion Goggles

Here’s a problem no one needed to solve. Now it can be the gift that no one wants to receive.

15. Fetus Christmas Cookie Cutter

Yum, let’s have baby fetus Christmas cookies to celebrate… the birth of baby Jesus! Something about this is just way, way off. Not sweet.

16. Fertility Charm

Here's a gift for you!

The only way this gift can get any worse is if you’re a mother-in-law giving it to your daughter-in-law.*

And yet somehow, there are like 40 million fertility charms on Etsy.

*Actually, nevermind, it can get worse: if the daughter-in-law gives it right back!!

17. Toilet Mug

So yes, ok, we get that this is a gag gift. Funny, haha, it’s a crapper. Butt seriously? Gonna go fuel up the tank? Or ass their tagline says, Guaranteed to crack a smile?

Who likes potty humor like this? And who is going to hold that awkwardly large mug up to their face? What if your nose accidentally hits the flusher? This stupid piece of porcelain just poses too many questions, and provides too few answers. It’s a crap gift.

18. A Man-Kini

While the Toilet Mug provokes too many questions, this terrible gift idea provides waaay too many answers. The Reindeer Mankini is in the category of “products that shouldn’t exist.”

As such, it automatically qualifies for the category of “gifts that shouldn’t be given.”

19. Wrinkle Cream

No one cares if this is the best personal care product you’ve ever used. It’s just a bad idea. Don’t give people wrinkle cream.

20. Balding Products

If you don’t already know why any of these are terrible gift ideas, there’s no point in telling you.

21. Your Old Used Crap

Don't give people used junk.

This is basically the white elephant option. There’s a reason you don’t want it anymore: it’s crap.

Give the Best Gifts

We’re glad to see you’ve survived to the end! You, intrepid reader, have a conscience of steel and a heart of stone! Well done. You have learned all about the worst gift ideas ever.

Well, what can we say? Don’t fall prey to any of these terrible ideas. Make sure your present never ends up on some “Worst Gift Ideas Ever” post. That’s not the kind of “memorable” you want to go for.

Instead, shop for something that is both unique and beautiful at Northwest Gifts.

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Daniel Szczesniak

Daniel launched All Gifts Considered in 2013 to help people find the best gift ideas for anyone and any occasion. He has worked for Northwest Gifts, an online gift shop based in Oregon specializing in American-made and personalized gifts, for...

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11 thoughts on “The 21 Worst Gift Ideas Ever. DO NOT READ”

  1. so except 9 and 21 they are just joke gifts that people with a pole stuck up their arse cannot appreciate. And vouchers are worst than all put together.

  2. Wow! These are really the worst gift ideas. I once received a set of briefs during our Christmas party exchange gifts and I tried so hard to repress my tears. It was the worst for me.

  3. I received a snow globe that the water was not just cloudy, it was almost black. It looked disgusting. It was a Christmas right after my husband passed away. They did not have to get me anything (it was a friend of my sister-in-law), so I always wondered why they would choose to give me something like that. I would definitely add snow globes with dirty water to the list of gifts not to give.

  4. Yep, you nailed it. I personally have been the recipient of wrinkle cream from my older, forever jealous sister. But, worse than that was a wedding gift of a personalized cremation urn from the ex-girlfriend and lifelong friend of my now husband. He doesn’t understand why I was creeped out and annoyed by it.

  5. It’s my 3rd year with my now husband. Last year, he gave me nothing on my birthday and made me buy the cake, blow the balloons and so on. This year, he ordered a statue online. It apparently was nice and thought I would like it. I never told him I liked statues, we don’t have statues at home and he didn’t think to give me anything else. He also bought a cake dry as hell that he liked.


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