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Sexy underwear among the most-hated Christmas presents

PROPER CRIMBO: New statistics reveal startling gift trends across the UK.

WITH LESS than three weeks to go until Christmas, the nation’s most loved and hated breakfast spread, Marmite, are looking back at some of the UK’s worst ‘gift gaffes’. According to 1,500 respondents, men and women accept on average three gifts they hate every Christmas.

A third of us confess to cheekily buying ‘grudge gifts’, with bosses, exes and the mother-in-law most likely to receive a shoddy present.

Personalised gifts are most loved with seven in ten feeling that something with their name on would show thought and consideration. They say it is the thought that counts when giving and receiving gifts, but these hilarious presents might just change your mind on that.

A pair of marigolds, underwear from a boss, anti-cellulite cream and even botox are just some of the most hated Christmas presents to have been received by Brits.

Last year, one respondent was given a tax disc holder, another unwrapped breast firming cream from their gran and an unlucky individual was given a bag of cat litter.

One in four said they can’t remember the last time someone gave them a present they actually loved – with mums and colleagues named and shamed as the most likely to give a poor present.


However, it isn’t all doom and gloom. When it comes to gifts Brits would LOVE to receive, seven in ten felt that something with their name on would show thought and consideration – and most likely not to end up in the bin.

When it comes to our reaction when presented with a disappointing gift, 24 per cent said they see the funny side, saying receiving rubbish presents gave them something to laugh about. Some of us just won’t let it slide, with a whopping third admitting to falling out with their other halves due to the terrible gift attempt.

There is no need to let a present go to waste according to an over a third of us (35 per cent), who admitted to re-gifting to others. A quarter of Brits who get landed with a rubbish present like to exchange it for something else but 34 percent give it straight to the charity shop.

When it comes to who we are gifting, a third of us confessed to cheekily buying ‘grudge gifts’ with little thought for people who we are not fond of. Bosses and colleagues who were pulled out of the office Secret Santa were most likely to be on the receiving end of a shoddy present. Followed in second place, exes (on behalf of the children of course).

83 percent said they were in agreement that it was the thought that counts, but a materialistic 17 percent said it was all about the cost and extravagance of the presents you receive.

Shannon Lennon-Smith, spokesperson for Marmite, said: "There is nothing worse than having to pretend that you love a present that you really hate. For a fail-safe gift, something personalised will let the recipient know that they were in your thoughts. For Marmite fans, our personalised jars make the perfect present and can be conveniently purchased online.”


- A pair of slippers
- Second-hand clothing
- An autobiography of someone I don’t like
- A workout DVD
- A hand-made gift like jam or chutney
- Sexy underwear from my other half
- A hairbrush
- An olive oil and balsamic vinegar set
- Thermals
- Underwear from a boss
- Novelty apron
- An opened box of chocolates
- A mop and bucket
- A dead plant
- A Christmas hamper from the PREVIOUS year
- Mouthwash
- Chocolate body paint
- A naughty calendar
- Slimming pants
- A dustpan and brush
- A coffee mug stolen from a well-known coffee chain
- A vacuum cleaner
- A new broom
- A gym membership
- Maternity clothes when you weren’t pregnant
- A half drank bottle of wine
- Expired bank notes
- A push up bra
- A basket of fruit ‘on the turn’
- Botox

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