I had someone purchase clothing I didn’t like from a brand I do not care for after I explicitly told to not buy me anything. I took the clothes back to the store, but without a receipt they could only issue store credit. To be fair, I did try to find something, but none of their products interested me. So the gift card went back to the gift giver.
This question needs context. Is the giver my boss or my spouse? Both can make my life miserable, but one gives me money and one takes it away. The taker has more of a chance of getting my unfiltered thoughts.
I participated in a white elephant gift exchange that had a ~$20 buy-in. I go to unwrap and it’s an empty pickle jar. Literal trash wrapped up with no gift card taped under the lid or anything. I let my feelings known that was inappropriate.
I don’t think it was inappropriate, who the hell gives a empty pickle jar as a gift? If they didn’t have the money to play then maybe they shouldn’t have. I have seen white elephant played many ways, some where the gifts are supposed to stupid and dumb but if it had a dollar amount that says to me your supposed to buy something nice. More like a secret Santa.
My MIL one Christmas got me this red scarf (i don’t even think you could call it a scarf, maybe a fashion kind.) the material was so thin and it had holes in it everywhere. The thing was so ugly, I used it in a pin up calendar I made for my boyfriend and threw it away. But I got asked about that scarf for months. Should had worn it once then threw it away. Another Christmas she got me a pink sweater. The color I Hate most. I don’t own anything pink and haven’t since I’ve been able to make my own choices. I returned it but all they had was the color she got my sister in law and I couldn’t get that one so I bought what I wanted. Another item I got asked about for months. At least now she asks what I want for Xmas.