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Survey Reveals Top Unwelcome Christmas Gifts: Diet Books and Unaligned Charity Donations Lead the List

When it comes to the worst Christmas gifts Brits could receive, there are certainly some standout choices that are likely to disappoint. A survey by Argos, cited in multiple articles, highlights some of these less-than-desirable gifts. Among the top offenders are expired vouchers and dead plants, both disliked by 28% of respondents, followed by out-of-date chocolates (25%) and toilet roll (22%). Other gifts that made the list include something the recipient gave the giver the previous year, a wig, weed killer, items that were obviously freebies from work, ill-fitting clothes, and a mop and bucket. It’s noteworthy that these gifts range from the impractical to the downright bizarre, with items like a can of WD40 and a packet of risotto rice also making the list​​​​​​​​.

Contrasting this with American preferences, an article on MSN highlighted that the worst gift in the U.S. was a diet book.

The least appreciated Christmas gift among Americans is diet books or weight loss program memberships, which seem to subtly critique one’s lifestyle choices. Equally unwelcome are donations made in the recipient’s name to causes they don’t support, such as a donation to a cat lovers society for a dog enthusiast. Unsolicited self-help books also make the list, often leading to unintended personal reflections. Personal hygiene products, though practical, can imply a personal critique, making them a less-than-ideal gift choice.

Books on social skills or manners are similarly tricky, potentially suggesting the recipient lacks social graces. Practical items like cleaning supplies or vacuum cleaners, while useful, are perceived as lacking emotional warmth and are not received well as gifts. Cookbooks for beginners might unintentionally comment on someone’s cooking skills, and bulk packs of everyday items like socks or batteries are seen as impersonal and thoughtless. Office supplies are a stark reminder of the post-holiday return to work, making them a poor choice for a festive gift.

The study by Merchoid.com also sheds light on broader gifting trends and perceptions. A significant 24% of people feel their partner’s gifts lack thoughtfulness, and alarmingly, for 39%, a thoughtless gift has been a deal-breaker in relationships. The presentation of a gift greatly influences its reception, with 63% stating it affects their perception. Nearly half of the respondents equate the monetary value of a gift with its emotional value, indicating the importance of perceived investment in the relationship. Two-thirds admit that a gift has led to a long-lasting change in their perception of the giver, highlighting the impact of what’s inside the box. Lastly, choosing gifts for in-laws is a source of stress for 50% of people, showing the pressure associated with gifting during the holidays.



Sam Allcock
Sam Allcock
With over 20 years of experience in the field SEO and digital marketing, Sam Allcock is a highly regarded entrepreneur. He is based in Cheshire but has an interest in all things going on in the North West and enjoys contributing local news to the site.
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