Brits not happy with Christmas presents

According to a recent survey Christmas isn’t the season of goodwill, but instead ‘tis the season to be down right grumpy and ungrateful – especially when unwrapping your presents

A poll of 1,000 people commissioned by leading health care cash plan provider, Sovereign Health Care, revealed that underwhelming Christmas gifts are the biggest cause of festive arguments and sulking.

Over three quarters (76 per cent) of those surveyed admitted that this year they plan to recycle unwanted gifts. And while a small number claim their ‘re-gifting’ is a way to save cash, the majority (62 per cent) say it’s as pay back for being given a disappointing present in the past.

Eighty per cent of people have said they have felt cheated by some Christmas gifts they’ve received and wished they hadn’t bothered. And a further 60 per cent admit to exchanging at least five unwanted presents each year.
Almost half (45 per cent) of those asked in the survey wish they could be given cash to buy their own Christmas gifts.

But before we all rush out to start our Christmas shopping, what are the gifting faux pas we should avoid this year?

Parents-in-laws should avoid buying sexy lingerie
Several people surveyed have experienced blushes around the Christmas tree by opening something a little ‘50 Shades of Grey’ from a family member

Boyfriends / husbands should avoid clothes unless they KNOW their partner’s dress size
Almost all of the women asked have been left furious after a partner has bought them an item of clothing on average five sizes too big

Car accessories
Surprisingly those without a driving licence are frequently bought car accessories by grandparents

‘Birthmas’ presents
Those who celebrate their birthdays around the festive period hate being bought just one gift for both events

Cleaning products by parents
At the younger end of the survey poll (aged 18 – 25 years old) say they are offended by receiving cleaning products by parents

Five per cent claimed that a poor gift at Christmas marked the end of a relationship and 12 per cent said that they had argued about a underwhelming present had caused a festive argument.

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