General Chat

Top tip - using the Genes Reunited community

Welcome to the Genes Reunited community boards!

  • The Genes Reunited community is made up of millions of people with similar interests. Discover your family history and make life long friends along the way.
  • You will find a close knit but welcoming group of keen genealogists all prepared to offer advice and help to new members.
  • And it's not all serious business. The boards are often a place to relax and be entertained by all kinds of subjects.
  • The Genes community will go out of their way to help you, so don’t be shy about asking for help.

Quick Search

Single word search

Gift subscriptions

Genes Reunited gift subscription

Do you know someone interested in discovering their family history?

You can now buy a gift subscription to Genes Reunited so they can research their family tree.

Buy gift or redeem gift


  • New posts
  • No new posts
  • Thread closed
  • Stickied, new posts
  • Stickied, no new posts

Strangest presents

Page 0 + 1 of 2

  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. »
ProfilePosted byOptionsPost Date

Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 19 Jan 2013 10:46


Yes he did take it out on a canal, having first donned a new white T shirt. He went while I was already out, so I didn't witness the event, but judging by the amount of mud I had to wash out of his clothes, there must have been many a capsize !
He has since lost over 8 stones, so it might be easier now. I believe the coracle needs another coating of pitch, or whatever to make sure it is waterproof,, then roll on summer and hopefully I will watch the next launch.



LadyScozz Report 19 Jan 2013 10:10

Why do people keep giving my OH after shave?

He's had a beard since he was 18!!

I've never seen his face :-) :-S


Sandra Report 19 Jan 2013 08:07

Hi My aunt gave my uncle a brush and comb for Christmas. He open it and said that is just what i need but he had no hair . That were not married


LadyScozz Report 19 Jan 2013 04:38

I'd almost forgotten this

Many years ago a boyfriend's mother gave me a box... she said to keep hankies and things in.

She had covered a box with wallpaper & varnished it.

I kept it until the boyfriend & I broke up, she would have KNOWN!

I remember my mother laughing so much at it, she had tears pouring down her face. <3


SheilaWestWilts Report 18 Jan 2013 16:51

A boyfriend once gave me a red hat...

and then asked for it back when I broke up with him!!!!

Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond

Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond Report 18 Jan 2013 16:19

Gwyn, I have to ask, did he ever use it ? I have this picture in my mind.......

Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 18 Jan 2013 14:26

I can't remember any really strange gifts, but the most unusual one that I have given was a coracle.
When asked what he wanted for a birthday OH said he'd like a coracle ( goodness knows why )
It just so happened that there was one on e bay that week and the bidding finished on his birthday, so it must have been meant to be !



DIZZI Report 18 Jan 2013 14:10



Libby Report 18 Jan 2013 13:19

For Christmas one year my 6 & 7 year old boys gave me a bag of elastic bands, an eraser, paper clips and a half eaten giant Toblerone :-D. They had been given the Toblerone by our next door neighbour as a treat but they didn't like it. It's the thought that counts and it did make me laugh.

When my x and I got married we were given a pair of sheets by a wealthy Aunt of his. They came complete with nicotine stains down the folds from being stored in her wardbrobe :-( ........ not much thought went into that


Janet Report 18 Jan 2013 12:37

On the similar line DetEctive, ......I bought my mother in law a huge wrist watch ( a funky one ) as her eye sight was getting bad prior to a cataract operation. She complained about the size and suggested I got her a sling for her arm to support the weight of the watch presumably -jl


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 18 Jan 2013 10:14

LOL - possibly! :-D


Island Report 18 Jan 2013 10:13

They were just jealous Det. Sounds like a lovely gift.


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 18 Jan 2013 09:59

Looking at it from the ‘giver’s’ perspective, possibly the strangest thing I gave was a pair of bed socks to father in law who had complained about cold feet at night.

Bought new from someone who had knitted them for charity, they were multicoloured presumably made from wool oddments. Although accepted with good grace, other people present were heard laughing their socks off (pun intended!) later. That hurt especially as it was during one of our hard-up periods.


sheila7 Report 18 Jan 2013 09:50

A big plastic mixing bowl off an aunt of my o/h for a wedding present,but she was know for always taking left overs home,so after the reception she asked could she borrow the bowl, never to be seen againl :-D thank goodness


Wend Report 18 Jan 2013 08:30

I agree Janet - my 3 children (29, 32 and 35) have all known for years that I'm teetotal ;-)


Janet Report 18 Jan 2013 08:23

.........Strange John that your family don't know that you are a teetotaller. Obviously a communication problem. I think we sense the drift from your posts. -jl

...of course should you wish to pass on all unwanted bottles of spirit..........

Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond

Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond Report 18 Jan 2013 08:12

Not the strangest but most unwelcome - the mug my o.h.'s father bought me for my birthday last year, my 65th. It was a mug that said Happy 65th Birthday! Like i need reminding every time I have a cuppa!

It's still in it's box.



Mayfield Report 17 Jan 2013 13:44

Well not quite what you were asking, but we had a jug, a wedding present that always dribbled when you used it. One day having a meal with friends the darn thing splashed all over the tablecloth b……. thing I said who gave us it!

No doubt you are well ahead of me here, “they did” my wife said indicating our dinner guests. Luckily they had a sense of humour!



PollyinBrum Report 17 Jan 2013 13:13

What fantastic stories. @ Island They started off their life in the conservatory, then around the corner of the conservatory out of view. The dog knocked one over and chipped it's ear ( I think it was grumpy :-D) We had a word with Auntie and I said we did not want to get them broken so put them in the back of the garage. Not sure about what happened to Snow White, but I think she drifted ;-) ;-)


LadyScozz Report 17 Jan 2013 13:09

Strangest in my family was a gift from my gran (dad's mum) to my mother......

She gave her a plot in a cemetery.