Whether it's a glittering trucker hat or a bag of manure, a downright awful gift can really dash your holiday cheer, as some ABCNews.com readers told us. But for one British woman, it was the source of the gifts rather than the gifts themselves that soured her Christmas: her cheating ex-boyfriend.
So the woman took her gripes to online auction site eBay, offering several unopened gifts from her ex -- who reportedly cheated on her with a work colleague -- to the highest bidder.
"We will definatly (sic) not be getting back together … so I do not want ... anything that he had chosen for me," the woman, identified by the U.K.'s Daily Mail as Leanne Joseph of West Yorkshire, wrote on the auction site.
Though she hadn't opened the gifts, Joseph wrote that they likely included jewelry, perfume, designer labels and a "saucy little thong."
The uncertainty surrounding the gifts didn't turn off eBay shoppers, who put in 46 bids for the lot of eight gifts, including the winning bid of 350 British pounds -- nearly $560. (Gifts in the lot included presents from Joseph's ex as well as items from family and friends who also sought to get rid of unwanted gifts, Joseph later disclosed on the auction site.)
Joseph said on the site that the proceeds of the sale would be donated to a hospice cancer charity.
Though cash-strapped consumers were said to be more prudent in their Christmas shopping this year, there is still a variety of unwanted gifts surfacing on the eBay. Sellers are auctioning everything from jewelry to gadgets to clothing that they say were the result of ill-advised Christmas giving.
For some gift receivers, little can compensate for the offense taken at an inappropriate gift. Below, ABCNews.com readers share memories of their worst gifts. How bad were they, really? We'll let you be the judge.
Poop Faux Pas: Many years ago I was interested in doing some gardening in the backyard of the home we had recently purchased. On Christmas Day my husband led me to the garage where a 50 lb bag of manure and a new shovel awaited. That was it-his entire thoughtful gift. A few years later, we were divorced. His greatest sin that year-he didn't even bother wrapping it!
--Anne Zentner, Van Nuys, Calif
Right Pudding, Wrong Wife: Valentines Day, decades ago. My ex-husband had his mother make me homemade banana pudding - because I "love banana pudding so much!" WRONG WIFE! I detest banana pudding! His ex-wife loved it. He had the nerve to be offended because I wasn't appreciative of his efforts. Guess that's one of the reasons he's an EX husband!
--Sharon Roberts, Dothan, Ala.
A Very Fishy Gift: Former father-in-law sent us one of those singing fish that are designed for hanging similar to a picture. I thought it was a joke but later learned he thought it was a very classy gift that we should have been thrilled to receive and even more thrilled to proudly hang in our living room. Luckily I have a redneck brother-in-law, who wanted it for his bar.
--Rae Downing, Austin, Texas
Bigger Isn't Better:Worst gift was a pair of jeans from my mother in law. The jeans weren't so bad, it was that she got me a size 10 and I wear size 4. Made me feel like "Really?!? I look that big?" I just thanked her and moved on. I'll exchange them for my size soon.
--Chrissy, Kearney, Mo.
Reflection Rejection: I received a 10X magnifying mirror with lights. I don't really want to know what my face looks like at that magnification. Tooooo scary.
--Susan, Norcross, Ga.
Sparkling Trucker Cap With Matching Tank: My family draws names every year for gifts, kind of like secret santa … to aid in the gift purchasing we make lists. I was relatively specific. One of my items was "fun party clothes, sparkly, fun colors etc."
Last year my mom drew my name. Christmas started with my mother snatching a gift from my hands as I was midway threw unwrapping because she suddenly realized she labled it wrong and it wasnt mine. Next, I opened an XL mens Canada hoodie that my brother-in-law opened the previous night and claimed was too small for him. Thanks mom. She replied that I'd gained some weight and she thought I needed some bigger comfortable lounge wear.
Lastly, was my "sparkly fun clothing item." As I opened the package I was blinded by glitter. It wasn't technically clothes but was a large trucker-like cap covered in purple and silver glitter. I'd never seen anything like it. To match was a bright purple tank top decorated in silver glitter. I still have no idea where she purchased a baseball cap like this. It looked like a prop for a high school show choir, and maybe it was appropriate for someone but I just turned 30.
--C. Mondragon, Memphis, Tenn.
Who Is 'Our'?: I received this gift from an older, married, female co-worker. She gave me a Spode Christmas ornament, shaped like a bell, with the inscription "Our First Christmas 2009." The problem with this gift is that not only am I not newly-married, I'm not married at all! I don't even have a boyfriend with which to share this warm sentiment.
I pondered and pondered, wondering if she was referring to some milestone at our company, or some other work-related anniversary I was unaware of, but to no avail. It was a curious choice of a gift for me, indeed! In addition to that, by the time I received the gift, it was too late to re-gift it to any couples I knew who had wed in 2009. Hopefully, someone at the Salvation Army store will find it appealing.
--Amy Cooper, Houston, Texas