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Make Kris Kringle cringe with 5 absurd holiday gifts that are downright cruel

Sometimes there’s just too much pressure to give everyone the gifts, and sometimes the naughty ones simply don’t deserve it. More likely, if you made it to this post you’re the trickster in the family, the jokester who genuinely just loves giving people bad gifts. Coal has been too played out over the years, and c’mon, it’s 2015! There’s got to be something better at being bad by now.

We found them. If you’re looking for the worst gifts 2015 has to offer, have no fear. Take a look at the top five worst gifts of 2015 in the quick video above for the naughty ones on your list.

Air fresheners

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Nothing says “Happy holidays, thanks for me having over today!” better than a nice bottle of air freshener. What better way to say thanks to your hosts than giving them the ability to make their house smell like cinnamon, or maybe even gingerbread? Sure, they just might think you’re trying to tell them their house stinks, or maybe that they do, but the point is that you tried. It’s the thought that counts.

Obnoxiously oversized box of chocolate

Whitman-Sampler
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I’ve seen boxes like the Whitman Sampler around for years, but have I ever had a piece of chocolate from one? Of course not. Nobody actually eats from these things. They’ll sit on the table until next year’s holiday comes back around, when you’ll give them a fresh box.

Video game mishap

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This next one is so cruel it’s awesome. Have a gamer in your life that really wants a certain game badly? Here’s how to really get them: Buy it for a system they don’t own. They’ll feel the rush of the game they’ve been dreaming of under the wrapping paper, and then the immediate crush of realizing they can’t play it. For an extra punch, get them really going by telling them you’ve lost the receipt.

Fruitcake

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Now for a classic. Give a gift that nobody has wanted for years upon years, yet it’s still a staple for the season: a nice fruitcake. I don’t know who came up with the sick idea for this monstrosity, but I do know it makes for great paperweights, hilarious faces when you force your guests to eat it, and much more great fun. Plus you never have to worry that they’ll be out of stock.

Gift disguise

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Caution: Results may vary. You may crush dreams.

I’m still hurt by this final gift idea. My parents have pulled this on me so many times it pains me to this very day. Here’s something from my family to yours. Put a decent gift like socks in an incredible box, like from an iPhone or PS4. You’ll grant all their holiday dreams and wishes at one moment, then smash them as they open the box. It’s all worth it when you get to enjoy seeing them pull off the fakest smile of all-time. Careful, you honestly may feel a little bad when they start crying. But hey it’s the holidays. It’s funny right?

Joshua Smith
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Just another not so ordinary kid living this thing we like to call life.
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