4. Your worst Christmas present

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David: I would have thought my mum knew what size I was, and it's not extra, extra large.

Ruth: I think when I was about eight, the wrong My Little Pony. Really, really bad, bad choice there.

Kate: I don't think I've ever had a really bad Christmas present, but my mum had an aunt who used to wrap up all her presents and not label them, so she would forget who they were for. So she gave them to the wrong people. So one year my mum got a beard trimmer to cut her beard, and her brother got a pair of tights.

Emilia: The least one I like is basically socks. When you don't have an idea what you should buy to somebody you just buy socks, and this is so common in Poland!

Tina: It turned out to be very useful, but I thought it was a really dud Christmas present, which was an electric toothbrush. And it was pink as well. Don't like pink.


Most people love getting presents, whether for Christmas or for any other occasion. In this video, you'll hear five of our British Council colleagues talking about the worst Christmas presents they've ever received!

What about you?

  • What's the worst present you've ever received?
  • What's the best present you've ever received?

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Average: 5 (4 votes)

Submitted by albastrea on Wed, 04/01/2023 - 16:13


pyjamas from my grandmother, when I was a child. horrible!

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Submitted by Styankee on Thu, 22/12/2022 - 21:45


A green and pink toy dog from my boyfriend. It's was strange. I don't like plush toys and it wasn't good color blend..

Submitted by Adane Getachew on Thu, 22/12/2022 - 13:30


The worst present I received was a cap, which I don't like because I never wear a cap at all. The best one was a mug designed with my name in the F.r.i.e.n.d.s format.

Submitted by Yesicalmp on Wed, 21/12/2022 - 01:47


A knitted brown sweater that an aunt made for me, but she forgot putting the buttons, and the color was horrible.

What happened to the brown jumper @yesicalmp? Did it end up in the bin or being recycled? 

~ Tina ツ
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Submitted by ivantabora01 on Tue, 20/12/2022 - 17:22


solar glasses because I dont like a lot use the solar glasses.

Submitted by mdstamataki on Mon, 19/12/2022 - 19:44


A knitting set!