Santa can sometimes be terrifying, but there is no more frightening Christmas concept than that of the Secret Santa and the White Elephant. Anonymous gift exchanges can easily turn sour, and users of Reddit are opening up about the craziest gifts they've received in these scenarios.
"We had one manager called Simon that should never ever have been allowed to manage a team. He was a bumbler, didn't know the job, didn't know how to motivate people and was just awful. Nice guy outside work, but clearly out of his depth.
I need you to picture this guy in your mind. He's overweight, balding, glasses and peeking out from the collar of his shirts is an overwhelming amount of chest/back hair.
I opened my present in front of the office. It was a Jigsaw of one of Simon's private holiday photos, topless, in a pool with a dolphin. Emblazoned across it was, "Merry Christmas, love from Simon xxx"
I opened it to a bit of general hilarity from those around me. I smiled, despite the slight nausea and held it up.
"Guess I figured out who my Secret Santa is, then? Thanks, Simon."
"What? I didn't buy that, I got Dave! Who the f***'s got hold of my photos?"
I still to this day do not know who bought that gift." - ScoutManDan
"A few years back my father-in-law lost the tip of his finger when trying to fix the garage door. They were able to save it and it was given away at our family white elephant exchange. Now that was messed up, but the following year the uncle that had "won" it brought it back. This time though it was encased in resin and placed in a shadow box with text saying, "You've been given the finger."
My father-in-law won it and now refuses to put it back into the gift exchange." - wamorgan29
"One year we wrapped up half my uncle's wardrobe individually and presented it to him as if they were gifts of new clothes. It was fun watching him do the whole fake surprise thing, see him grow skeptical and then realize what was going on. He proceeded to have to unwrap everything so that he could put it back." - Lazoord
I bet you can't find anything more disappointing than going from thinking you got 40 individual gifts to realizing you had to put away 40 pieces of clothing.
"My step-dad put money in a shoe box for a X-mas gift one time, except upon closer inspection the money wasn't real. My real gift was buried inside the box, but the joke still kind of hurt because years beforehand he actually did give one of his kids a shoe box of money." - blamethecranes
Well, at least now you know for sure which kid he likes best.
"I know a guy who melted off all a candle's wax and poured it into a separate container, then wrapped the wick in hair, leaving just the top unwrapped, then poured the wax back in and let it solidify, making sure to liquefy [sic] it once more in order to flatten the top. Then the gift came up and many people wanted this candle, thinking it to smell very good. They used the candle and were met with the smell of burning hair." - KalebMW99
I think we have a winner. If you want to up the crazy, get someone this candle as a gift along with these sculptures and never sleep again.