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Mink nipple warmers, a book about cellulite and a dried flower arrangement in the shape of a squirrel - people really do get some odd gifts this time of year... We surveyed over 1,000 Gransnet users and found out some of the worst Christmas presents they have ever received, as well as what they really want.
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Respondents have faced some serious disappointments over the years including:
The most unwanted gifts overall were celebrity themed, with 62% saying they would regift or donate celebrity branded perfume and 58% say they would do the same for celebrity autobiographies. But they still hate waste: just 4% said they’d actually throw away celebrity branded perfume, while 7% said a celebrity autobiography would be destined for the bin.
So, what would they keep? You can’t go far wrong with a food hamper; 94% said they would keep one if given it as a gift. They would also keep homemade chutneys and jams and flavoured spirits (87%), bottles of wine or champagne (82%) and, ever practical, socks (86%). Three survey respondents said the best gift they’d ever received was their divorce.
Gransnet Editor Lara Crisp said: “We all know it’s the thought that counts, but if you find yourself tying a bow on a squirrel-shaped flower arrangement, it might be time to concede that your initial thought was not a good one. The gifts grandparents really value are personal and meaningful, especially anything made with love by their grandchildren. (And maybe an iPad.)”
When it comes to buying presents for others, over two-thirds (67%) of respondents say they spoil their grandchildren, with an average spend per grandchild of £74.30.
Survey of 1,024 Gransnet users who celebrate Christmas, between 25th July and 27th August 2018. The data is not weighted.