Haven’t done your Christmas shopping yet? You might want to read this first as the most UNWANTED presents are revealed

The WORST Christmas presents unveiled and cheap smellies do NOT seem to go down well with the ladies

If you have yet to finish your Christmas shopping you might want to wait a moment as the nation’s most UNWANTED gifts have been revealed.

It’s not good news for cheap smellies and boring socks as they’ve been voted the WORST presents to give someone for Christmas.

She won't look this happy if she gets one of the most unwanted presents In a survey of more than 2,000 adults, cheap perfume and toiletries dominate the list of unwanted gifts for both men AND women.

And a word of warning for blokes - steer clear of those last-minute toiletries for the ladies in your lives as they’ve been voted the worst ever gift by the women in the survey.

More than 1/5 of women said that cheap smells were the Christmas gifts they’d least want – followed by cheap jewellery (it seems we have rather expensive taste!)

Make-up that ‘doesn’t suit me’, as well as a bad jumper, second-hand items and a book they’ve already read completed the list of the most unwanted gifts for women.

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And in news that is likely to shake up some people’s Christmas shopping plans, socks have been voted the least wanted Xmas present for men.

One in six blokes said a pair of socks were the worst possible present, followed by a bad jumper (10 per cent) and a book they’ve already read (maybe check their bookshelf before you buy them that hardback!)

For those that said they received these unwanted gifts, a third (33 per cent) took them to charity shops while 18 per cent just ended up keeping them.

“It’s impossible to please everyone all of the time, as Christmas gifts are very personal and subjective,” said Alan Mathewson, CEO of Santander Cards, which conducted the study.

“At a time when most people are shopping on a budget, looking for quality over quantity, and keeping an eye out for discounts, cashback offers and other ways to keep costs down, is a great approach to take.”    

What do you reckon? What is your most UNWANTED Christmas gift? Vote in our poll below and then tell us on Twitter!

Worst Christmas gifts for men


1.    Socks
2.    Bad jumper
3.    Book I already have/read
4.    Cheap perfumes & toiletries
5.    Slippers
6.    Mug
7.    Calendar
8.    Chocolate
9.    Handkerchief
10.    Second hand items
 
Worst Christmas gifts for women

1.    Cheap perfumes & toiletries
2.    Cheap jewellery
3.    Make-up that doesn’t suit me
4.    Bad jumper
5.    Candle
6.    Second hand items
7.    Book I already have/read
8.    Chocolate
9.    Scarf
10.    Calendar

On average, our merry making over the festive period results in an extra 6lbs come January. That’s the equivalent of more than two bags of sugar bulking out your thighs/buttocks/big toe. (Though ... more 
On average, our merry making over the festive period results in an extra 6lbs come January. That’s the equivalent of more than two bags of sugar bulking out your thighs/buttocks/big toe. (Though swelling of the latter could possibIy be put down to a forgotten drunken injury (FDI) – isn’t Christmas fun?)

So, what can be done to prevent a dietary apocalypse in the New Year? Or should we simply admit defeat now and at least enjoy the process of piling on the pounds?

Fortunately, Felicity Lyons of the British Dietetic Association believes you can have your Christmas pud and eat it with relative impunity. Here are her top tips for staying in shape this Christmas. less 
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