We recently asked the Mouths of Mums community to tell us the worst Christmas presents they’ve ever received – and their answers did not disappoint.

Now, we know that Christmas is all about the spirit of giving, and we should be super grateful for getting anything at all. But used underwear? Come on!

From expired food to nasty mother-in-law revenge gifts, these are some of the most horrifying Christmas presents mums have ever had the misfortune to receive.

The Worst Christmas Gifts Mums Have Received

‘A rusty bracelet.’

– Layla

‘Toss up between dresses that I don’t wear and perfume that I’m allergic to!’

– Bianca

‘Rope – so I could hang up the washing that I was going to be doing on the camping holiday that I didn’t want to go on.’

– Inger

‘Crochet clothes hanger dollies.’

– Michelle

‘Unwrapped bar of soap.’

– Bronwyn

‘A laminated picture of a sea horse with fishing line to hang it up from my nan.’

– Kellie

‘Less than half a bottle of body wash. It wasn’t even a nice one.’

– Jodieelee

‘Bathroom scales as I had had my second bub 7 months earlier so MIL thought I might want to track my weight to try and lose some more from what I had gained from that pregnancy.’

– Bronwyn

‘Expired by 8 months chocolate.’


‘Microwave covers.’

– Charlene

‘An incomplete set of cocktail glasses.’


‘A sprig of parsley because my white sauce was too bland… we always have a cold Christmas lunch so no idea how this particularly nasty relative even knew what my white sauce tasted like.’

– Lauren

‘A Weight Watches book and an electronic hair removal device. If that wasn’t bad enough. Both were second hand.’

– Jodie

‘Dustpan and brush.’

– Nicola

‘Back scratcher.’

– Lori

‘A size 16 or 18 g-string from my then partners parents. I was a size 8-10.’

– Melissa

‘A ball of yarn.’

– Courtney


‘A second hand cook book that had pages stuck together and a 50c sticker on the front. Thanks secret Santa.’

– Jess

‘A toilet brush.’

– Pauline

‘Used nail polish.’

– Amy-lee

‘A curling wand and I have curly hair.’

– Rebecca

‘A rubbish bin.’

– Banxie

‘Smooth Jazz Piano CD.’

– Caitlin

‘Red Door perfume, from ex mother-in-law. She knew I’m allergic and it’s what she wears.’

– Kristine

‘A block of store brand cooking chocolate.’

– Kristy

‘1 corn cob plate … just the one.’

– Dani

‘Used pair of shoes and pants with a broken zipper.’

– Barbar

‘A bottle of Midori while pregnant from my parents and knowing I was going to breastfeed and not drink during that time.’

– Melissa

‘Can of Glen 20.’

– Zoe

‘A stolen push bike from my partner at the time. He went to his ex-girlfriend’s house to steal it and also spent the night with her.’

– Margie

‘An iron and ironing board.’

– Michelle

‘Padded, scented coat hangers.’

– Jasmin

‘Used undies complete with a snail trail.’

– Kerrie

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  • Antyageing cream 45+…best before runs in 3 months…I am just 36 and personally I don’t feel like I need it.


  • One pair of socks – from a multipack!


  • I can’t remember receiving anything awful as a gift but I don’t want to jinx it.


  • I don’t think I’ve ever received anything awful, maybe I’ve just been lucky.


  • A book about socks. :/


  • I woke up Christmas morning and my dog had pooped all over the floor… that wasn’t a nice christmas present lol


  • Wow. What a crazy list. Less than half a bottle of body wash? how could someone do that.


  • You wonder what some people are thinking when they had these gifts over??? I am hoping they were trying to be funny??


  • I feel so bad for those who have received such horrible gifts. I think I have been lucky and not received anything so bad.


  • Astonishing… my worst ones were mostly people not thinking about what I really like, as opposed to some of the tat listed above.


  • Some of these are crazy lol


  • A pogo stick when I was 18…..I had asked for one when I was about 8 :/


  • I feel bad, but I laughed SO hard at this. It is the laugh I needed on Christmas Eve!


  • The minds of people. Had to laugh at some of the gifts. I will never complain again ????????


  • The minds of people. Had to laugh at some of the gifts. I will never complain again ????????


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