In the world of gift-giving, tales of the unexpected abound. From mysterious boxes that promise the world but deliver only disappointment to DIY disasters crafted with love (and lots of glue), each present tells a story. But fear not, says Claudia, even the most misguided gifts come from a place of good intentions. So, when you receive that garden gnome on a unicycle or a box of stallion semen, grin and bear it, and embrace the hilarity of the worst gifts imaginable.

Claudia Koestler is Senior Editor of the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany's largest quality newspaper, and is co-host of the 'Over Here, Over There' podcast.