What was the absolute worst gift you ever got as a kid?
Forget about the cool toys that you totally wanted and, if you were lucky, found under the tree on Christmas morning. Who could possibly forget Ralphie’s complete and utter humiliation at being forced to wear the bunny suit he got for Christmas from his clueless aunt? It’s funny because we’ve all been there. Ahh, the memories…
For me it was probably an obscure board game that I’d never heard of and could never get anyone to play with me. Still, that’s pretty dull compared to some of the worsts submitted by the BradsDeals team, which range from merely disappointing to truly horrifying:
“Definitely any collectible Barbie that I was not allowed to take out of the box. Worst. Gift. Ever. (when you are 8 years old.)” – Caitlin, Senior Coupon Editor
“All I wanted when I was little for Christmas was a Cabbage Patch Doll. And I got a Pumpkin Patch Doll. Not. The. Same. Thing. Scarred me for life. Luckily I got a real Cabbage Patch Doll eventually (Zoe Harriet was her name – see, I still remember). Although I couldn’t tell you the name of that dumb Pumpkin Patch Doll.” – Lindsay, Deal Editor
“I begged Santa year after year for a puppy or kitten, only to finally be given my own “pet” Sea Monkeys.” – Marisa, Deal Editor
“A gift basket that had a tiny dead mouse inside.” – Meredith, Executive & Personal Assistant to the CEO
In that spirit, we’ve put together a collection of outrageous, confusing and just plain terrible toys that make us cringe just a little – and in some cases, a lot. Though secretly we actually really, really may want some handerpants.
Infographic design by Lauren Brajczewski