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Photo: MNStudio (Shutterstock) You may have noticed we’re in the thick of gift-giving season. Well, I’m not; my shopping is basically done. (Those supply chains will not have their way with me, no they will not.) But as I peruse the list of gifts I have purchased over the past month, I ask myself: Is any of this any good? Does my 11-year-old really want a tie-dye robe? (Yes, he does.) I had my doubts—but since reading an epic Reddit thread about the worst Christmas gifts folks have ever received , I find myself feeling comforted. I cannot personally pinpoint a particularly terrible gift I have gotten. Apparently my family and friends aren’t the type who try to pass off used magazines, broken DVDs, and the like as “presents.” The closest I got to witnessing a bad gift being received is the time my dad opened a pack of Chapsticks from my grandmother. (It was probably just a small fill-in item; I’m sure he got other things!) It sounds like a weak gift on the surface—except that my father is a well-known Chapstick addict, and he had forgotten his that morning when we left for my grandparents’ house. So that might have been the best gift he ever received. Anyway, I got lost in the stories of Redditors who were the recipients of thoughtless gifts from jerkass boyfriends, checked-out parents, and extended family members who clearly favored certain kids over others. Behold, a sampling of my favorite (least favorite?) […]