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  1. Andrew
    Andrew December 17, 2008 at 10:54 am | | Reply

    Without question, a 3 pound Candy Cain, that was made from surgar AND had bits of nerds candy in it… had a taste and I could feel my teeth rot and sugars fly.

  2. Erin
    Erin December 17, 2008 at 11:23 am | | Reply

    Real maple syrup is worth bolusing for. But whole-wheat pancake mix for someone with celiac? That’s just cruel. :(

    I have so far been pretty lucky in the gifts I’ve received. There’ve been a couple of years my mom has gone crazy with random catalog purchases, but I’ve gotten use out of even the random stuff with a little creativity.

    I will apologize on behalf of the knitter who gave you something that clearly didn’t fit. I have produced such things, but didn’t go so far as to actually give them away. Stuff can always be re-knitted, even if it means the gift is months late. Better that than never used!

  3. emmy
    emmy December 17, 2008 at 11:47 am | | Reply

    Not my gift, but my in-laws gave my boys (aged 9 and 12) pink sheets one Christmas. No female cousins to be confused with, we weren’t sure what message Grandma was trying to send.

  4. Cara
    Cara December 17, 2008 at 12:31 pm | | Reply

    A box of old magazines. ‘Nuff said.

  5. Pubsgal
    Pubsgal December 17, 2008 at 1:08 pm | | Reply

    My uncle had a knack for picking gifts that seemed like the worst at the time, but ended up being fantastic later on. He was a broke hippie dude, so it was often used stuff, too…but no less appreciated in retrospect. The hand-me-down “Lord of the Rings” trilogy he gave me when I was 10 sat on the shelf for several years before becoming my Favorite Books Ever (er, at least until Harry Potter). And the foot-powered bicycle pump? While quite the yawner to teen me, college me used it to inflate flat car tires for self and friends. Even the crocheted mermaid thrift-shop find had a certain bohemian charm to it.

  6. Suzanne
    Suzanne December 17, 2008 at 2:50 pm | | Reply

    One Christmas my grandma gave all the girls & women in the family matching seafoam green sweatshirts with hummingbird decals. Whoa. We still laugh about the hummingbird sweatshirts. In her defense, she was confined to a wheelchair (M.S.) and couldn’t get out to shop, so she must have found these in a catalog.

    Also, once from my other grandmother, a used bandana with an iron-on label with my cousin’s name! Had she done my cousin’s laundry after camp or something and decided to re-gift?!! Hahahaha

  7. Lee Ann Thill
    Lee Ann Thill December 17, 2008 at 3:46 pm | | Reply

    If I never get another bar, box or bag of sugar-free candy, it’ll be too soon because it never gets eaten. It’s not like I hide the fact that I eat ‘regular’ food. I’d much rather have the real thing. Although if someone really wants to be conscientious of my ‘betes, they could just forgo the candy altogether. I’d be pleased as punch to get some fruity lotion or a candle or even just a nice card.

  8. Andrea
    Andrea December 17, 2008 at 3:55 pm | | Reply

    Two vanilla beans in a zip-lock bag. My siblings and I all got these from my dad’s wife. If I knew Martha Stewart maybe I could re-gift them to her.

  9. kdroberts
    kdroberts December 17, 2008 at 8:11 pm | | Reply

    I got you all beat. Today at the company White Elephant I was the lucky(?) recipient of a used, non functioning cell phone. Awesome.

  10. Murphy
    Murphy December 18, 2008 at 7:19 am | | Reply

    My worst gift was a steel sink back when I was 5. I wanted an easy bake oven and got a sink instead. I didn’t even know they sold sinks as toys back then… or ever. But it didn’t ruin my Christmas. I always love the snow, the carols, the star at the top of the tree and going to midnight mass.

    Frankly, Santa Claus, Frosty, etc. have nothing to do with the religion of Christianity or the meaning of Christmas so getting a snow globe with Santa and then feeling bad about it is something I can’t understand.

  11. type1emt
    type1emt December 18, 2008 at 8:52 am | | Reply

    pink gloves. I’d specifically asked for NOT pink gloves, but my parent thought I’d written HOT pink gloves, they went to 3-4 stores trying to find them. I wanted to bawl when i opened it(I was a tomboy).
    Now I appreciate the thought + time that they put into it, but it was not want I wanted…

  12. Dave
    Dave December 18, 2008 at 11:04 am | | Reply

    When we were all in junior high a great aunt once gave me and my brother and sister color-coordinated personalized three-ring zipper notebooks and pencils …with our name spelled wrong.

  13. xim1970
    xim1970 December 22, 2008 at 2:50 pm | | Reply

    I guess I would have to say this as a nearly-28-year diabetic…I love carb counting! So much better than the old “Fruit-Bread-Milk-Fat-Veggies-Meat” stuff that I learned in 1981. So, you don’t get the real maple syrup…you get gourmet pancakes with low-sugar syrup…low sugar syrup is (although a bit watery), pretty darn tasty! Bolus for it!
    And Godiva chocolates? Can always be shared with your family, keeping a few favorites aside for low sugar moments…I’m sure you weren’t necessarily thinking about that at the moment (while you were pregnant), but that’s my point.
    In the past I have received gifts that were not “diabetic friendly”…case in point being a large Hershey Kiss, that I got from a thoughtful (although not informed) paper route customer around 1982, a little less than a year after I had been diagnosed. I wished for low BGs just so I could take a couple of honkin’ bites off that bad boy!
    It may be a temptation while it’s around, but I learned early on, that if you want to partake of “gifts of sugar”, you might think twice if your BG is 180+…but if it’s 80 or below, a great time to enjoy a small part of that gift!
    My two cents…

  14. Pravalika
    Pravalika December 31, 2008 at 12:26 pm | | Reply

    Wish you happy new year 2009

  15. Jenni
    Jenni December 31, 2008 at 2:10 pm | | Reply

    My step mother once bought me White Diamonds. When I was in high school.

    My favorite Christmas gift blunders are actually a friend’s. Her grandparents decided to buy all presents from yard sales. One uncle got a guide to colon cleaning, her father got a flowery vase (which he now uses to hold his screwdrivers), and my friend got a Thyroid management book – and she has no thyroid issues. Fantastic!

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