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10 Christmas Morning Reactions To Terrible Gifts In GIFs

114140450How do I put this… Kids aren’t known for their tact. If you have a bad haircut, your kid or another small person is probably going to tell you. Luckily, my toddler doesn’t talk that well just yet, but I’m sure that I’m in for a world of hurt when he does. I also have an eight year old niece that is entering into the delightfully “sassy” territory, meaning that she’s going to call it like she sees it, and good luck getting her to change her mind.

Kids that don’t get what they want on Christmas morning—after waiting all year for a shiny new bike or pouring out their heart and soul to Santa—aren’t necessarily experts at hiding their emotions. Even worse is watching a kid open a pack of socks from Great Aunt Mildred in her presence. Feelings are probably going to get hurt, and someone’s going to end up on the Naughty List before the day is done.

Magical Christmas mornings be damned. Here are 10 non-Hallmark reactions you’re likely to see after Santa pays a visit this year:

1. The “I can barely contain my holiday spirit because it hurts so good” reaction.

2. The “Is it an iPad, or is it an Etch-a-Sketch?” reaction.

3. The “Thanks, Grandma, I’ll wear this homemade crocheted sweater vest every day just because you made it” reaction.

4. The “I could always use more socks and underwear” reaction.

5. The “If this isn’t a Furby/Rainbow Loom/Despicable Me 2 Fart Blaster, heads are gonna roll” reaction.

6. The “I hope this came with a gift receipt” reaction.

7. The “Now it’s confirmed that Santa hates me” reaction.

8. The “I don’t remember asking for this on my Christmas list, but I’m just going to smile and play along” reaction.

9. The “I don’t know what this gift is, but I know I don’t like it” reaction.

10. The “I’m a baby, and I have no idea what a bad gift is!” reaction.

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  • Ashley

    #8 was pretty close to me when I opened a Mennonite book trilogy during a White Elephant situation. Not all of the gifts were joke gifts, so I had no idea whether it was a joke or not. How do you react when you don’t know if the gift is a joke?! Not laughing could ruin it for the jokester, but laughing could be quite rude and insensitive. (Context: I am an atheist, but most of my family is Christian-but-not-Mennonite). To this day, I have no idea who gave it, and wonder what they made of my reaction.

    • Bethany Ramos

      Um, that seems pretty loaded if you don’t know if it’s a joke or not! Ah, Mennonites… I am familiar and would’ve had the same Nick Cage reaction. Priceless.

  • pixie

    I’ve done #3 numerous times over the years. Still do, in fact. Same with #8. Those are mostly my reactions when receiving gifts from people I didn’t expect anything from; sometimes my brain takes a moment to process that I’m being given something.

    • Bethany Ramos

      I always do #2 – just act super happy till I figure it out.

  • Natasha

    Ohhhhhhhh the one from from Seven! That movie scarred my hubby for life haha.
    My kids have perfected the Nicholas Cage face . We give them socks just to see them struggle

    • Simone

      Yeah that Brad Pitt clip just made me sad. Sad movie. Also sad that Brad never got my emails asking him to visit. I guess he’s pretty busy though so it’s okay. I could never be mad with him for long.

    • Bethany Ramos

      I know it makes no sense, but the Brad Pitt GIF makes me laugh so hard. I had a friend that always used to do a spot on impression of that scene, so now it seems more funny than creepy to me.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ohladyjayne allisonjayne

    Several years ago at christmas, I opened up a wrapped box from my mom and my stepdad….I immediately was BEYOND THRILLED because underneath the wrapping was a box for a video camera. Then my stepdad said, “oh, that’s just the box”. I proceeded to turn beet red and stammered something while trying to open the box to see what was actually inside. I was sooooo embarrassed.
    Then of course he says, just kidding! It really was a video camera. My mom was so mad at him, as was I of course, because I’d had basically the best reaction you can ever hope for when giving someone a gift and he’d cut it short with his ‘hilarious joke’.
    Not super relevant here but I’m posting it anyway because 7 years later, I’m still annoyed. Now every time I open a gift in a box, no matter if it seems logical that what it says is on the box is actually in the box, I don’t react until I confirm. It sucks.

    • Bethany Ramos

      I’m with you there – RUDE! :) Some people even do the fake box thing as part of the Christmas fun, which I really don’t understand.

    • Alicia Kiner

      My dad did that to me one year when they bought me a Kitchen Aid mixer. He was like well, she likes the box, hope what’s inside makes her happy

    • Kay_Sue

      My husband got me an iPad last year. We splurged a bit because we knew this year would be tighter, as my store was slated to close in the spring and we made the decision for me to stay home with the kids for a bit. He had me look at different models and then kept doing the, “Oh, I don’t know if I’ll have enough but just in case, I want to know what you’d like best”, the same line he used when getting my engagement ring actually. So I basically knew…

      He got my mother to wrap it. I could have told him…maybe I SHOULD have told him…I hate to think they were in on it together. But it was in this huge ass box, that was then duct-taped. Then…inside that box….another box. Also duct-taped. It continued through NINE BOXES. Each one duct-taped….and wrapped…just for shits and giggles, you know.

      By the end of it, I was almost too mad at him to be grateful. Almost. I do have to make him pay for it this year somehow.

    • Audrey

      When I was a kid, my parents put a giant box wrapped in newspaper in the living room at like, the end of November. Every day we got a clue about what was in it…”It doesn’t use batteries.” “You can’t take it for a walk.” Anyway, Christmas finally rolled around and me and my sister (who was probably 10 at the time, I was 5) tear into this box. Which contains a slightly smaller box…and then a smaller box…and so on and so forth for about ten boxes. By the time I was done opening (my sister had given up by this point) I was holding a box the size of a checkbook, which had two tickets to Disneyworld. Sometimes it works! Although I still maintain that my sister shouldn’t have been allowed to come, because she gave up.

    • Bethany Ramos

      Okay, that’s the best. Noted for the future!

    • Kay_Sue

      Damn straight–you worked hard and persevered for that! It reminds me of that fable about the hen that wanted to make bread, and nobody helped. ;)

  • YarghMatey

    On Christmas at my Dad’s I opened a series of crappy dollar store presents. Packages of BIC pens, note pads, pistachios, etc. Ever true to my upbringing, I smiled as genuinely as possible and said as heartfelt thanks as my 16 year old heart could muster, secretly guessing that their finances must dire indeed. Finally, unable to take it anymore, Dad revealed that the two huge boxes under the tree,tagged for my stepmom’s parents, were actually for me. I was super excited to discover he’d gotten me what was, in 1997, a decent computer.

    So glad I didn’t embarrass myself with a fit over the crappy lead up presents.

    • gothicgaelicgirl

      I love bitty presents!! I go mad every year and pile up the “stocking goodies”…This year I’ve run out of room in the kids stockings already…
      Fun things like erasers in the shape of mustaches, erasers in the shape of gorillas and piggies, notebooks shaped like a bar of chocolate, the kids LOVE them!
      But I’m really evil and will wrap EVERYTHING.
      I’ve been told I cackle while doing so. =P

  • Snarktopus

    Honestly, I’m not sure if I’m even going to be able to make my daughter say ‘thank you’ if someone gives her socks or underwear for Christmas because, for real, what a shitty gift. I mean, yes, you should be grateful that someone got you something at all, but, really? Socks? Underwear? You think she doesn’t already have a drawer full of those?

    • Jallun-Keatres

      I lose those tiny ankle socks all the time. I’d seriously be thrilled to bits if I got like an 8 pack lol

  • Rebekah

    Haha Nicholas Cage face!!!! My daughter def knows how to rock those creepy big eyes. Hilarious!!!!!

  • THATwoman

    #7…. I nearly DIED laughing!!! Poor kid… ;)

  • gothicgaelicgirl

    I have a rule- for every two good gifts I get my partner, I get him a gag gift too.
    This year I got him curry butt wipes (for after a hot curry) and another offensive christmas bauble, I get one every year. I’m very tempted to get him an apron that says Grumpy Old Git on it. =P

    He’s used to it by now, I can never just give “normal” presents.

    This is the bauble I got him this year. Last year’s were worse.

    • Bethany Ramos

      That’s awesome! A gag gift I bought one year involved wrapping a single crutch.

    • gothicgaelicgirl

      that is beyond brilliant!!!
      I one got my partner a taxidermied zombie bat. It was a real spur of the moment “holy crap that’s AWESOME” gift I spotted. He LOVED IT!

    • Bethany Ramos

      OMG hilarious!!

  • Anne

    Best reaction from a child at Christmas time was my nephew when he was three. He wanted toys for Christmas not clothes…he made it very clear to us leading up to Christmas his wishes. So opening presents come along and he starts getting clothes. Finally he’s had enough when he opens another gift of clothing. Throws a mighty tantrum…sister-in-law drags him out into the hall and reads him the riot act. He comes back, appologizes and reopens the presents again. Than he folds it up nicely back into the box, put on the couch next to his cousin Laura and says (very politely) “Thank you for the gift of clothing. I appreciate it, but I have no need for it. Please donate to someone who is in need”.

    • Bethany Ramos

      That made me LOL!

    • http://ichasekids.com/ Litterboxjen

      A year or two ago, every gift of clothes my nephew would open would be met with the comment, “That’s for (sister).”

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