The 30 Christmas presents you really don’t want to get

They say that Christmas is all about the spirit of giving – but sometimes the presents we receive aren’t exactly what we’d been hoping for.

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 by Brits.

With just over two weeks to go until Christmas, the nation’s most loved and hated breakfast spread, Marmite, are looking back at some of the UK’s worst ‘gift gaffes’.

Underwear from a boss is not a popular present

According to 1,500 respondents, men and women accept on average three gifts they hate every Christmas.

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, seven in ten felt that something with their name on would show thought and consideration – and most likely not to end up in the bin.

Slippers are the least-wanted Christmas gift

When it comes to our reaction when presented with a disappointing gift, 24 per cent 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 per cent), 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 percent give it straight to the charity shop.

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.’

Personalised gifts are gifts that people love, not hate, according to Marmite

Purchase a personalised 250g glass jars for friends and family, via the Marmite website for £4.99. Orders to be placed by 15 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

Opened chocolates are not a good present when it comes to popularity points

  • 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

No one wants a dustpan and brush as a Christmas present

  • 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 drunk bottle of wine
  • 27 An expired bank notes
  • 28 A push up bra
  • 29 A basket of fruit ‘on the turn’
  • 30 Botox

Botox is not a gift that many want this Christmas