Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Some of the UK’s worst Xmas ‘gift gaffes’

Some of the UK’s worst Xmas ‘gift gaffes’


Marmite looks at some of the worst Xmas ‘gift gaffes’

With less than three weeks to go until Christmas, the nation’s most LOVED and HATED breakfast spread, Marmite, looked back at some of the UK’s worst ‘gift gaffes’.

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.

According to 1,500 respondents, men and women accept on average three gifts they hate EVERY Christmas. Personally I will be lucky to even receive 3 gifts this Xmas, but once you take a look at this list, I am sure you will agree.

Last year, one poor soul 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, 7 in 10 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% 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%), 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% 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.

A philosophical 83% said they were in agreement that it was the thought that counts but a materialistic 17% 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.”

You can purchase a personalised 250g glass jars for friends and family, via the Marmite website at for £4.99. Orders to be placed by 15th December for guaranteed Christmas delivery.


1. A pair of slippers
2. Second-hand clothing
3. An autobiography of someone I don’t like
4. A workout DVD
5. A hand-made gift like jam or chutney
6. Sexy underwear from my other half
7. A hairbrush
8. An olive oil and balsamic vinegar set
9. Thermals
10. Underwear from a boss
11. Novelty apron
12. An opened box of chocolates
13. A mop and bucket
14. A dead plant
15. A Christmas hamper from the PREVIOUS year
16. Mouthwash
17. Chocolate body paint
18. A naughty calendar
19. Slimming pants
20. A dustpan and brush
21. A coffee mug stolen from a well-known coffee chain
22. A vacuum cleaner
23. A new broom
24. A gym membership
25. Maternity clothes when you weren’t pregnant
26. A half drank bottle of wine
27. An expired bank notes
28. A push up bra
29. A basket of fruit ‘on the turn’
30. Botox

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