Christmas 2017: In-laws give the worst presents, study finds

Knitwear, mug sets and bad novels among top 50 most hated gifts

Tuesday 28 November 2017 10:16 GMT
In-laws give the worst presents, study finds

It’s official – the in-laws are the worst at present-giving, according to a new study.

Despite all the good will in the world, the mother and father in-law have a reputation for giving gifts which either upset, offend or bewilder the rest of the family.

Other common culprits for giving gifts which never get used include work colleagues, aunties and sisters.

One in twenty people even say their partner often fails to get it right, with one in ten falling out with a loved one after they picked a terrible present.

The study of 2,000 adults reveals the top 50 gifts no-one in their right mind would want – which includes knitwear, mug-sets, and bad romance novels.

Oliver Harcourt, Head of Vistaprint UK, which commissioned the study via, said:

“The survey found Brits had received gifts which included a broken toilet brush, an already opened pack of peanuts and an out of date cereal bar!

“But despite receiving some less than desirable presents, overwhelmingly people felt it was the thought that counted.”

Other festive flops include ill-fitting clothes, toiletry kits, socks and bubble bath.

Slogan t-shirts, previously seen movies, pot pourri and soap on a string also made the list of gifts no-one wants to see under the tree.

Adults are stereotypically British when accepting unwanted gifts – a third will graciously and politely say thank you, while 13 per cent feign fanatical excitement and delight.

One in six would rather hide the gift somewhere in the house rather than admit they don’t like it, and a quarter of respondents would re-wrap and re-gift to someone else.

Almost half will take the present to a charity shop so someone else can benefit from their misfortune.

However, a resounding eight in ten adults admit it’s the thought that counts when present giving – truly in the spirit of the season.

Almost six in ten people receive up to five presents each Christmas which they then never use – while just over half receive up to the same number each birthday.

When it comes to best buyers – nearly four in ten people said partners purchase the most impressive presents, while 20 per cent said children choose great gifts.

Clothing, music and personalised gifts made for Brits’ favourite presents, while anything which has sentimental value, jewellery from a favourite store or gift vouchers are always received well.

Fourteen per cent of adults would love tickets to see a favourite band, one in ten are happy with slippers – and one in 20 would be delighted with an engagement ring.

One in six people like a gift with sentimental value, and seven in ten enjoy anything that is handmade.

Oliver Harcourt for Vistaprint added: “The survey highlighted that personalised gifts were particularly appreciated, ranking far ahead of vouchers and jewellery.

“For years Vistaprint has been providing custom photo-gifts, such as photo-calendars, photobooks and mugs and we’ve heard first hand from our customers how much happiness these gifts can bring.”

The top 50 worst Christmas presents Brits receive

  1. Ugly clothes
  2. Toiletry kits
  3. Bath salts/bubble bath
  4. Socks
  5. Slogan t-shirts
  6. Movies you've already seen
  7. Candles
  8. Hankies
  9. A scarf
  10. Soap on a string
  11. Pretentious food/drink
  12. Sexy lingerie
  13. Knitwear
  14. Bad romance novels
  15. Pot pourri
  16. Calendars
  17. Books
  18. Jewellery
  19. Perfume
  20. Address books
  21. Cleaning products
  22. A tie
  23. Mug set
  24. Joke books
  25. Slippers
  26. Photo frames
  27. Aftershave
  28. Department store vouchers
  29. Cufflinks
  30. Boxers or pants
  31. Anti-aging products
  32. Apron
  33. Gloves
  34. Bottle of booze
  35. Football memorabilia
  36. Pyjamas
  37. Saucepan sets
  38. Foot spa
  39. Set of jams
  40. Diet plan
  41. Party games
  42. Experience days
  43. Stationary
  44. A tea pot
  45. Umbrella
  46. Cookery books
  47. Shortbread
  48. De-icer
  49. Crossword book
  50. Dressing gown


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