Best of the Worst – The Christmas Present NOT To Buy

Have you ever wondered whether the present you have bought a child was really appreciated? Did you questions whether it was suitable? Annoying? Terrifying? I’ve got the answers!

Best of the Worst - The Christmas Present NOT To Buy | Have you ever wondered whether the present you have bought a child was really appreciated? Did you questions whether it was suitable? Annoying? Terrifying? I've got the answers!

I am a proud Auntie to 7 nieces and nephews. Over the last 11 years I’ve been happily picking out the most irritating presents I could find. What kid doesn’t want a loud and annoying Barbie Keyboard for their 2nd birthday?!?

Now though, I have Piglet. Retaliation is a genuine possibility. In fact, I’d said it it a definite. I am bracing myself for the most horrific gifts my siblings can find for Piglet.

I’m sorry to mention the C word in November, but Christmas will be here soon enough! In the spirit of preparing myself, I asked around for what some of the worst gifts that had been given to kids. This is what I found:


Ashleigh from 3 Girls Mummy“My 1 year old got a packet of Peppa Pig knickers for her birthday in 9-12 months. I didn’t know they did knickers that small… that and my 1 year old is in 18-24 and no where near potty training!”

I think this is hilarious. I’m quite tempted to buy all the little ones knickers this year in the hope I can start a trend of really boring gifts instead!

Christmas Themed Gifts

Maria from Happy Mummy“I hate it when people buy ‘Christmas themed things. Miss H got bought a pack of 500 Christmas themed stickers last year, she only used a few over the festive period as we were out a lot then she wanted to stick them everywhere in January! In the end I put them away for this year”

I’ve definitely been guilty of this myself. One year I bought my nephew a horrific dog in the santa hat that sings Jingle Bells. It drives everyone bonkers! They bring it out every year though and he plays with it though so it can’t have been that bad of a present.

Drum Kit

Steph from Mental Parentals“My brother was always the giver of worst presents…. An actual drum kit with cymbals (wtf was he thinking?!) for his 2nd birthday. He’s just had his first child… I’m getting my own back.”

Laura from Five Little Doves“A drum kit, for obvious reasons! My parents thought it would be hilarious for our son to torment us as much as I tormented them! I had the last laugh after a few months when I convinced him it would be better to leave it at their house for when he stayed over!!”

If Piglet were to be given a drum kit JHogg would love it! He’d be just as bad as Piglet with it, if not worse.

I know my sister has conveniently left a few toys at my parents to be played with there, definitely keeping my options open for that 😉

Noisy Toys

Karen from monkey-feet: “A singing duck…. No seriously, a duck which was named demon devil duck because it didn’t have an off and would randomly go off in the middle of the night!!! Scared the actual… Out of me”

Emma from Emma And 3“A bloody Furby. Couldn’t shut the thing up! Had to put it in the garage in the end!!”

Sarah from Run Jump Scrap“A penguin from my nan last Christmas. It sings a random version of ‘cold as ice’. So flipping annoying. We hate it and our eldest knows it!! She presses it to bug us. I’m wondering if Santa can take it this year?!!”

Louise from Pink Pear Bear“One of my besties gave my son a kazoo just as we got in the car for a long journey! She was demoted to ‘acquaintance’ after that!”

Kate from Along Came Poppy“A musical mock CD player thing which layered rhythms on top of each other – sounds great? No blooming off switch”

Natalie from Crummy Mummy:Melissa & Doug Puzzle  it makes a noise of the vehicle when you fit the correct piece but has no on/off switch and for some reason the ambulance siren goes off when we switch anything else in the house on or off. It drives me crackers!”

Getting something really loud and annoying is definitely my forte. Isn’t that an aunt prerogative? I don’t want Piglet to be given any of those though….. I could be in trouble.

Creepy Toys

Rachel from Coffee Cake Kids“This! My grandmother genuinely thought it was a ‘nice’ present for my son’s 4th birthday! It’s bloody terrifying. It laughs and his eyes light up. Kids thought it was brilliant though. He fell asleep cuddling it on his birthday. I swear it watches me when I’m in his room”

Best Of The Worst - Christmas Present Not To Buy | Creepy Clown

Natalie: My son got bought a rocking horse by my mother in law, it was incredibly creepy looking and was second hand from a charity shop with green stains all over it. It sang a song when you pressed it “I’m a little pony, clippity clop clippity clop, just a little pony” in theeeee creepiest voice ever. It lives in our attic and has never ever seen the light of day again…”

This would probably be my worst nightmare. I am a big baby and either of those would creep me out and have to make a swift exit from the house!

Crafting Supplies

Gina from Skint Momma: “Stickers! I HATE STICKERS!! My daughter loves them, but has sensory issues. She will stick them everywhere.  All over her body, the walls (chipping the paint) and the floor (do people know how hard stickers are to get off the floor?)”

Lisa from That British Betty“Crafting goodies! When they were little, my house constantly looked like a glitter bomb had exploded. Peeling PVA glue, stickers and paint off the cat is not that much fun for either of us ;)”

Nyomi from Nomipalony“I really hate playdoh. You have to help them with it, they mix up the colours, it gets in my carpet and everywhere. They forget to put the lids on then get upset when it dries out. It also makes me deeply aware of how unartistic I am. My kids love it and have asked for more for Christmas, can I blame Santa when none comes?”

I know my sisters hate receiving playdoh as a present. Stickers have always seemed ok, but I gave them all temporary tattoos on holiday recently and I was not very popular!

So there you have it – the best of the worst! When you’re looking for a present for a little one maybe steer clear of some of these……. or maybe you should seek them out!

Has your child been given a present that you can’t stand?

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  1. // Reply

    This made me laugh so much. I remember people buying noisy toys for the girls when they were little. Don’t think they’ve ever received knickers though (might buy some for their stockings now, just to see the looks on their faces). Have a great week #bestandworst x

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      Hahaha yes do it! That would be hilarious!

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    Ha ha… oh these are brilliant. That clown is terrifying, what was she thinking? #bestandworst

    Nadia – Scandimummy x

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      I am terrified of clowns – that thing would not be in my house!

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    Haha thanks for the mention lovely 🙂 I’m glad I’m not the only one who hates loud toys. My hubby gets so fed up!! I’ll try to avoid any of these for my mate’s kids. Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst xx
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      I think loud toys were definitely the most popular gripe!

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    This is a fab list, that clown is way too creepy. We have lots of noisy toys with no off buttons that go off in the middle of the night. Whoever created these must be evil (and have no kids). Max loves playdoh and I like playing it with him, I’m just a big kid at heart. #thepod
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      I don’t mind playdoh myself, but I get agitated when the colours mix etc and can’t handle it haha

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    I have warped sense of humour and find creepy toys quite funny. My pet hate is big toys or toys that have no off switch button X #bestandworst

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      They reach an age where they know how to work the on/off button if there is though too don’t they! menaces haha

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      I envisage 3 recorders being dished out to your little ones this year 😉

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    This is a great post!! I too hate anything involving glitter, they love it but it makes such a bloody mess! That and the glue that comes with it obviously!
    I actually want to buy my little man a drum kit. He’s getting really into his music and the drummer of 20 years ago in me loves it when he says he wants one. I’m resisting this year though. If he still wants one next year we’ve said we’ll get him one! (And it will need to be a bit bigger so hopefully I can have a go!!) #bestandworst
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      Haha yes – if you’re a drummer yourself then it isn’t so bad!

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    This is hilarious, i have to add: Bunchems! they’re these weird little spikey balls that stick together and you can make models with. My closest friends all have girls with long hair, these things are apparently horrific if they get close to hair and children are having to have all their hair cut off to get them out as there is no other way! (seriously, google! I would cry if I had a girl who ended up doing that!) #stayclassymama

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    I also really REALLY hate playdoh! And I think I also have the singing dog that you refer to…he is the bane of my life come Christmas. THE BANE. My son is obsessed with it but I can’t bin it because he remembers every year…

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      Ha! They never forget that sort of thing do they!!

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    Mostly they’ve not been too bad, but just general tat. And activity books/stickers which N isn’t interested in. #thelistlinky

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    I always used to buy my nieces the most annoying toys I could find. A tambourine was my favourite, drove my sister mad lol. We have been lucky enough not to get anything that we couldn’t take the batteries out of.

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    Haha, some of these presents sound horrific! We’ve fortunately not had too many bad ones – but we ‘manage’ our family quite carefully. I don’t think I’ve bought friends too many horrors although I am more careful these days. I’ve learnt there is little point in buying a cuddly animal for a newborn, but even if you do I don’t think that’s an offensive one… Great post! #fortheloveofBLOG
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      Piglet has a million cuddly toys he got as gifts. He actually likes playing with them at the moment though!

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    Mwah ha ha that clown! Terrifying, there is no way that would stay in my house eek. The only downside to this post is that you have pretty much written a revenge present list for your family ….

    Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix

    Stevie x
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      Oh FFS I did not think that through at all did I!!! My sister said she enjoyed reading this post too. Damn!

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    Agree – anything with an irritating noise ( e.g. Elsa doll singing let it go) also anything that takes up too much room – we don’t have the space ! #stayclassymama

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    Oh my word, that clown is flipping scray, I would hate that, I would of thrown it away! We were also guilty of buying noisy toys in the past. The family definitely got their own back on us!

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    Jeez what the heck is that clown thing? That scares me let alone a 4 year old! I was crap at buying gifts for kids pre kids. Now I’m quite good (I think?) – quality over quantity I say. One really good thing rather than several half arsed toys #stayclassymama
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    Oh this is fab! Knickers for 9-12 months – I’m flummoxed! The scary looking toys – gives me the eeby jeebies! The drum kits – hilarious – my son plays drums so I’m ok with this now. I’d add recorder and harmonica to that list of annoying presents!! #BigPinkLink

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      Oh yes my niece had a recorder for a while – hilarious at first but horrific after 5 minutes haha

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    My first son got a drum kit was so annoying lol! the person who got it from him actually has a son now we should return the favour this christmas! #KCACOLS

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      Do it! That sounds EXACTLY what they need this year

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    This is a very comprehensive list, that should be given to all friends and relatives who might be buying for children!! Great Grandma bought the children a drum and a xylophone one year-they never made it to new year… And my dad loves a gadget, and silly musical things too (I see Lou mentioned a kazoo,) my dad has given the children kazoos, triangles, walky talkies (which they had no idea how to use, and just ended up screaming at in frustration.) I’m really keeping my fingers crossed for nothing annoying this year, but I’m sure there will be something!!
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      haha! I think there will always be one gift you hate. I threatened to get my nephews walkie talkies this year 😉

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    Oh my God the Christmas themed stuff – by the time you drag it out from under the christmas tree / pile of stuff it’s early January and that ship has sailed! Particularly annoying when lovely clothes in this years size! had that a few times – totally pointless!

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      Yes I don’t understand why you would give christmas themed stuff for christmas – thats the sort of stuff you need for the run up!

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      Haha maybe they should all come with ear plugs!

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    My auntie got my daughter a musical giraffe with no off switch! She’s the best at buying the WORST and most annoying gifts. Safe to say it’s shut well away in the cupboard! #picknmix
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      gone “missing” has it haha

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    What an excellent advice post – this should be made widely available!!!
    My pet hate is anything from VTech – dreadful noise when it works, even worse when it goes wrong, which is always, in my experience.
    x Alice

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      Oh no! We have one VTech toy at the moment and Piglet loves it

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    I remember my uncle buying a drum kit for my brother one year. I don’t think he was popular with my parents for that!

    I would second the noisy toys entry. My in-laws are guilty of thisand once bought Tyger a pirate ship toy. When you pressed a button on the side there was really loud music and the sound of canon fire etc. There was no volume control or off switch and the button was in such a place that if you walked into it or knocked it over the bloody thing would always start blasting away. Not great in the middle of the night. It mysteriously went missing when we moved…


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      Haha that sounds fab! Although I can see why it might just go missing after a while….

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    Such a great idea for a post! Actually far more useful than a gift guide, what not to buy is definitely something all aunts, uncles and grandparents should read 😉 For us its stickers and play-doh that are nightmares. I’d probably add paint and glitter to that list! Thanks for sharing this on #MarvMondays. Emily
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      I’ve got some stickers for my nephew this year 😉

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      Oh I agree – I hate when you see kids opening a present and saying “I already have this” or ” I don’t like X anymore”. But writing that doesn’t make for such an interesting post 😉

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    OMG! That clown!!! What on earth, so scary! I’m not a fan of receiving any of those paint your own things in any capacity. Hate them so much as my daughter always makes a mess with them. That and playdoh #kcacols
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