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Old 06-10-2013, 12:08 PM   #76
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Old 06-10-2013, 12:08 PM   #77
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Not me - but a friend of mine who is the nicest, sweetest person on the face of the earth got two washcloths for a wedding present that had no card attached.

She was horrified that she was not sending a thank you note to the anonymous donor. But on the other hand she did not want to ask people that had not sent a present if they had sent the two wash clothes.

Talk about a rock and a hard place. She is so kind. She genuinely appreciated the gift but could not give the appropriate thanks. She is the last person on the face of the earth who expected anything so she did not want to put down the present.

The only reason that I even know about it is because she discreetly asked me if I had a clue who gave the present.
I thought I was the only one! My husband's cousin and his wife gave us four washcloths for a wedding gift.

Our most useless gift was a Waterford shamrock.
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Old 06-10-2013, 12:50 PM   #78
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You consider theme park tickets a bad gift? I would take them
I think the point was that the couple had to pay for 5 wasted meals since the family decided that going to a theme park was more important than the wedding. To then give tickets to that park seems rather rude to me.

Had the family attended the wedding and given park tickets as a gift, that would have been fine.
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Old 06-10-2013, 01:07 PM   #79
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my worse gift was a non-gift. We were married on a Friday night and left for our honeymoon on Monday. On Saturday we went through our gifts for my in laws to make a deposit. My DH pointed out that my 3 aunts gave us empty cards... I told him I didnt expect anything from them cause all 3 were hurting financially, he accepted that. At the end, we noticed neither of my sisters even gave us a card. Nada from them

After our honeymoon we stopped by my sisters, she was pushing some papers around the table and a Hallmark bag fell off the table. She picked it up, looked in it and said... oh here... it was the card she intended to give us... not signed, receipt still in bag..... I told her keep it for her next wedding.
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Old 06-10-2013, 03:32 PM   #80
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Our "worst" gift actually turned out to be pretty great about 10 years later LOL. We received a rolling pin. Yep. a rolling pin. Best part? I didn't open the box until years later when I was baking christmas cookies with my girls.....

There were 500 one dollar bills taped together and wrapped around the rolling pin. Holy cow!!! What a day that was - and right before christmas too!!!

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Old 06-10-2013, 03:43 PM   #81
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Some people have a funny idea of what a wedding gift should be lol
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Old 06-10-2013, 03:59 PM   #82
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My DH's stepmonster gifted us, and everyone else at our wedding, with the announcement that we needn't worry about picking a traditional English baby name, since Dh's last name was English.

We hadn't shared the good news with anyone but our parents, because I wanted to tell my grandparents in our own way. Oopsie!
Twenty years later we laugh about it, but we long ago stopped having a relationship of any kind with her or DH's dad.

No other gifts from his side of the family, not even a card.
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Old 06-10-2013, 04:11 PM   #83
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This may come off sounding entitled and petty, because the gift was actually expensive and nice, but I suppose this thread's purpose is to be petty about gifts, so here goes.

We received a Waterford crystal compote bowl as a gift from a collection of 3 couples who are good friends of my parents. Now, you may think, 'Wow! Waterford! Awesome!', but it was, at best, a poorly thought out gift.

1. DH and I were then living in a one bedroom, fairly cruddy apartment on a college campus. Although I had dreams of one day being able to entertain with the nice china I registered for, where on earth was I going to put a large crystal vase-thingy until we were out of law school and able to purchase a real house?

2. What the heck is a compote bowl?!? I only know that's what it was because when I went to return it the sales lady told me. In case you don't want to google it, it's an almost completely useless serving item.

3. They got it from a different store than the one I was registered at. I could only return it for in-store credit. In retrospect, I got some nice glasses and a silverware chest out of it, but I could have gotten a lot more at my registry store using the completion discount they offered.

4. I'm not going to say the price, but divided bewtween the three couples who gave it as a joint gift, it was not all that much "per person". This did not concern me, but it bothered my parents who had attended the weddings of the children of all of these people (multiple children each) and spent more than that each time. I'm an only child.

5. Some of these people had known me all my life. I considered them my aunts and uncles (since all of my real ones were out of state). I'd like to think they knew me better than to get me a heavy, crystal thing-a-ma-jig I'd probably never use. I guess I was wrong.

So, judge me if you will for my worst gift story, but it's proof that the "worst" gifts aren't necessarily the cheap ones.
NO judging here!! My most useful wedding gift was a waffle maker. 26 years later and I still have it and I still use it. WHO KNEW
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My new MIL was dropped off on my doorstep the day after the wedding. The other family members said it was now my turn to take care of her. She ended up living with us for 6 years.
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Did you not get a honeymoon? That was your "Welcome to the Family" gift, not your wedding gift. Major difference. But, yes, I agree you win.
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Wow ahhhhh righty then, I think you are the winner so far. I've heard of maybe inheriting pets, but MIL? weird wild stuff
Pretty sure this is NOT winning!
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Old 06-10-2013, 06:36 PM   #85
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Pretty sure this is NOT winning!
Thanks everyone for letting me know I had the winning "gift". I did not get a honeymoon, just one night in a hotel and when we got home, MIL arrived. Apparently she had been passed around for many years. She and I did not get along for the first year but we finally came to a mutual respect and love. She ended up living with us until she passed away.

At one point, I talked about leaving my husband and she begged me to take her with me. She didn't want to stay with her own son.
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Old 06-10-2013, 07:33 PM   #86
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ours wasn't necessarily bad...just bad timing.

My boss at the time came to our wedding and a we got nothing. No card...
A year later I got a card in the mail from Bon Apetit Magazine that he had bought us a subscription for a year...

Better late than never I guess.
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NO judging here!! My most useful wedding gift was a waffle maker. 26 years later and I still have it and I still use it. WHO KNEW
Would you like another one? I have 3 left over that I can't return
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Old 06-10-2013, 09:48 PM   #88
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One of my best friends just got married. She lives out of state, and was in town for another friends wedding. I let her and her fiance stay at my apartment since I was out of town. She says that was enough of a gift. Guess its an interesting one! I plan on getting her something as well.

She also really doesn't like cats, but always cat-sat when I was out of town. So I'm going to print off a cute picture of my cat, and add that into her card, putting a thank you from my cat. Its more of a gag-gift, but she will appreciate it I bet.
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Our "worst" gift actually turned out to be pretty great about 10 years later LOL. We received a rolling pin. Yep. a rolling pin. Best part? I didn't open the box until years later when I was baking christmas cookies with my girls.....

There were 500 one dollar bills taped together and wrapped around the rolling pin. Holy cow!!! What a day that was - and right before christmas too!!!

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Thank goodness you didn't sell it at a garage sale or something!

We didn't get any really bad gifts. Some crystal candlesticks that seemed kind of pointless but were still lovely. But we got a picnic basket with a tablecloth and inexpensive dishes with no card. I made a list of all the guests/gifts to see if I could figure it out. There were 3 guests who didn't give us anything. I truly didn't mind that, but how the heck was I supposed to write thank you notes. Do I call and say "did you give us the picnic basket... Or NOTHING?" I wrote a few very vague "thanks for sharing our day" notes. :-)
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Old 06-10-2013, 10:12 PM   #90
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No gift from one of my cousins. However, the worst gift wasn't bad but odd. My fathers mom put in her will that I was to get her sterling silver (utensils). I was a baby but my parents held onto it for me. My cousin presents me with a gift at our reception as she did not want it on the gift table. I gave it to my mom to figure out what to do with it. After our honeymoon, we opened any gifts we had gotten and lo and behold, this gift from my cousin was a few pieces of the sterling silverware that she had that was part of my set. Her mon and my grandmother were sisters. So I got a gift that was technically mine anyway. It was not given due to financial reasons....
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