Apr 19, 2019
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Worst. Christmas presents. Ever.

We asked students about their “worst Christmas present ever” today for Campus Speak, and staff here at The Collegian wanted to get in on the action. I don’t think anyone could top a Christmas where your wife leaves you for her girlfriend and gets you arrested on a false threat of arson, but we’re just not that colorful.

What’s the worst Christmas present you’ve ever received?

Last year, I got a teapot. I don’t know what to do with it. I don’t make tea. I don’t even know how to boil water.
Joanne Lui
Copy Editor

My aunt thought it was appropriate to give a 13-year-old girl a velvet headband with a snowman glued on it. It had a matching neon snowman sweater that was knit.
Megan Reilly
Features Editor

The worst Christmas present I’ve ever received was luggage. I wasn’t going anywhere.
Mike Foster
Advertising Coordinator

It was one of those gift exchanges, and they didn’t define the age range. I was 11 and I got a toy for a 4-year-old. It was like a Bop-It, but for toddlers. You’d pull it, and it would make noise.
Grace Guanlao
National Advertising Manager

My uncle was retired from the Air Force. I hadn’t seen him in 10 years, but he knew I liked sports. He bought me a Stanford hockey jersey. I hate hockey, and I hate Stanford. It’s been sitting in my closet for years.
Jimmy Graben
Co-Sports Editor

One year, my cousin gave me an M&M dispenser, and I hate chocolate. I’m pretty sure she gave me the same thing again. I have a few of them in my closet. I hate chocolate.
Katrina Garcia
Staff Writer

Burger King had this promotional Backstreet Boys CD. My aunt got me and my brother the same CDs. I was probably 15 at the time. I’ve never listened to them.
Matt Gomes
Opinion Editor

Three things: once, I got a pencil sharpener. Someone also gave me a $5 microscope that didn’t even work. And, of course, there’s the usual socks and underwear.
Brent VonCannon
News Editor

It was a sapphire ring with a gold band, but from a guy I had only been with for 3 months. I was 16. I still have it. I tried to give it back when I broke up with him, but he didn’t want it.
Amber Moya
Advertising Sales Representative

Socks and underwear. We called them socks and chonies.
Michael Uribes
Art Director

The worst was probably a toolbox from my father when I was 10. For a 10-year-old girl, a toolbox isn’t that exciting.
Heather Billings
Assistant Webmaster

I did a White Elephant gift exchange once, where you chose a present and other people can choose to steal it from you. I chose a cute little box, but all it had inside it was a lanyard. It was just one of those plastic-y things. It was about six inches long — just a huge lanyard. Nobody stole it from me.
Jessica Szalay
Editor-in-Chief

My dad once thought it would be a good idea to give the family a breadmaker, so he petitioned Santa and the big guy delivered. The big draw was making our own sourdough stock and keeping it in the fridge.
Benjamin Baxter
Columnist, Blogger

The only thing I can think of is probably, like, 10 years ago, my neighbor gave me a wallet that was a used old lady’s wallet. I was 12. At 12, I didn’t have money, so I didn’t use wallets. I still had a piggy bank.
Kim Anderson
Co-Sports Editor

Let me think about it for a bit. I’ll get back to you.
Joseph Hollak
Multimedia Editor and Webmaster


That’s all, folks, at least until classes come back. With any luck, we’ll have daily blogs set up by sometime next semester. Until then, may you have a wonderful Christmas and receive even better gifts.

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