When Benjamin Franklin said his famous line about death and taxes, he should have added secret Santa: as night begets day, so you will be forced to look for a way to tread the line between humour and meaningfulness for under a fiver, all so Barry from accounting doesn’t feel put out. Think your gifts have been bad, though? Check out these disasters…
1. These sock savers
We can’t work out whether this person was the giver or the receiver of sock savers – but the real mystery remains how hanging socks in pairs prevents them from being eaten by the wash monster...
We a little behind xmas spirit due to bad weather didn't get to do secret Santa until today worst Presi ever (cont) http://tl.gd/88gh7o— CIARA CONWAY TD (@ciaramconway) January 19, 2011
2. A half-empty gift card
Not only did the giver have the lack of imagination to give a gift card in the first place, but they then lied about how much was on it. Terrible Santa etiquette.
really hate the kid that gave me a gift card with only $0.28 left on it & spelling my name wrong, worst secret santa pic.twitter.com/leStEQQuHs— Anissa (@aanissaaaa) December 11, 2013
3. Taking 'last minute' to new heights
Two things sadden us: firstly, that it’s the giver herself who posted this. Secondly, that the education system has failed to teach her that it’s ‘You’ve been served’.
4. This weird picture
We’d suggest this was a comment on the recipient’s speed at work, but considering the giver doesn’t know who she is, it must just be that he likes sloths in spacesuits. One small step for man, one giant leap for slothkind…
5. This literal interpretation
A radical way to get rid of all those coppers you accumulate during the year…
6. These questionable stickers
This is almost certainly supposed to be ‘Zwarte Pieten’, Santa’s Dutch nemesis. Doesn’t really make it any better, though, does it.
7. This Hunky Santa
We’re going with ‘best’…
This is either the best or worst Secret Santa gift ever - what I got at work this year. pic.twitter.com/IqSdblEx— Dan Hocking (@danhocking) December 21, 2012
8. This eternal frustration
The difference between this and when you got toys without batteries, is that in the office throwing a tantrum is frowned upon...
9. This Mr Potato Head
To be fair, this is an impressive likeness of the former PM.
Here's the Gordon Brown face potato that Simon in the office received in secret Santa yesterday. Worst gift ever? pic.twitter.com/d1YMtP8w— 105-106 Capital FM (@BodgMattandJoJo) December 19, 2012