It's great when you receive the perfect gift. More likely, however, is ending up with at least one piece of crap you're never going to use. The thought still counts, but how do you handle a bad gift?
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I apologise in advance to my grandmother should she ever read this, but one year she gave me a beaded antelope for Hanukkah. Somehow she acquired a number of beaded animals from Africa and thought they were the most amazing creations. No doubt these things were great works of craftsmanship, but they were not the right gift for every single person in our family. There are some homes that might be great for a beaded antelope, but my apartment was not one of them.
This gift came in 2007 and I kept it for a few years, unsure what to do with it. It was nicely made, so I didn't want to throw it away. Eventually I gave it to my friend Erica and it is now used to scare her roommate Joanna. When Joanna is out of town, we think of places to hide the antelope that will surprise her when she comes home. While I can't say where it's currently hidden, in the event Joanna is reading this, we've currently gone so far as to create a Rube Goldberg machine for the antelope. This is, apparently, what I do with gifts I do not want.
What is the worst gift you've ever received and what did you do about it? Tell your story in the comments.