No matter how good we think we are at gift gifting, sometimes we can get it wrong too. Worst case scenario, you’d be met by awkward smiles or accidentally discover your gift was re-gifted. Yikes! Last Christmas, a friend received potatoes in a Secret Santa exchange.
To help you with your shopping and to save you from ending up on Santa’s bad side, we’ve compiled a list of terrible Christmas gifts nobody would want to receive. And don’t worry! We’ve also compiled a list of affordable Christmas presents everyone would surely love.
It’s time to start getting into the season of reindeer and eggnog because Christmas is just around the corner!
Another mug, how original! Getting someone a cup for Christmas is the epitome of having no clue what to get them. It also screams, “I forgot to get you a gift, so I picked up the first thing I saw.” And no, statement mugs with wording on them don’t make it better. Christmas gifts are personal; try to put a little effort into your presents instead of taking the easy route.
Unless your grandma knitted them, sweaters are another terrible Christmas gift to give someone. Especially if they’re seasonal. After opening the present, it's enjoyable for the first few hours, but then it’s shoved into the closet and forgotten about. Christmas sweaters or pyjamas are only appropriate when you want to dress the family alike to open presents on Christmas morning.
Everyone has enough socks. Even if they don't, they should buy their own socks because it needs to be the appropriate size, style, and colour. Imagine you give someone a pair of shoes that are too small or too colourful, and they end up becoming unwearable. Don’t get us started on festive and cartoon socks.
If not you, someone you know, has probably received AXE products as a present. Listen to us when we say that deodorants aren’t great Christmas gifts. You risk coming off as rude and basically telling them they smell horrible. Deodorants are a bad choice, but you can find a wonderful perfume with a really lovely musk aroma instead.
Sure, everyone enjoys seeing a kitten or puppy, but that doesn't mean they're all ready to get a pet for Christmas. There is a big difference between wanting to pet a puppy or kitten and being prepared for one of them to wreck your house while they are teething or confused about the litter box. Don't give a present that requires you to make holes in the box so it can survive, ever.
Those who openly admit they didn't bother getting a gift are guilty of one of the biggest offences. Instead, they enter, as smug as can be, and claim to be the gift. Not to mention it’s just plain rude and inconsiderate. Just stop.
Christmas flower bouquets are a beautiful gift everyone will love, especially when paired with yummy chocolates and some bubbly! Bloomeroo has a wide selection of beautiful and affordable flower bouquets adorned with fresh roses, tulips, snapdragons, and more! Best of all, you can add on yummy snacks and a cheeky bottle of alcohol to create a personal Christmas hamper for your loved ones this holiday.
Make-up can be costly, so if you have a friend who’s into make-up or just getting into it, gifting them their favourite products is a thoughtful gesture. The current trending product is the Fenty Gloss Bomb Heat Lip Luminizer + Plumper, a hit in the make-up community! One search on the internet, and you’ll be able to find affordable make-up product options your loved one will be thankful for.
With new gadgets coming into the market daily, it’s hard to keep up! But who doesn’t love receiving a new widget on Christmas morning? Headphones are always a popular Christmas gift. How about a Bluetooth speaker or a multi-device charging station? And it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg, as there are tons of affordable, high-quality gadgets on Amazon.
New experiences are always a great Christmas gift idea for loved ones! If you have a foodie family member, book them a reservation at a newly opened restaurant in your town and foot their bill. It’ll give them a nice break away from the kiddos, if they have any, too. Or book an adventurous sky-diving experience for those always looking for experiences that push their boundaries. Or maybe a well-deserved holiday for mom? Your choices are endless!
We’re pretty sure that we all have a friend who loves to cook or thinks they can. Le Creuset is thepièce de résistance of cookware and every home cook's dream. They can be a little pricey, but if you want to spoil a family member or spouse, this is the golden ticket! And they come in various shapes, sizes, and colours to suit any kitchen aesthetics.
Push comes to shove, asking someone what they would like for Christmas is not a bad thing. We’re all adults here, and the last thing you want is for your receiver to open a box of disappointment. So, be a good egg and ask for their Christmas wish list. Don’t be shy! At least they get what they want or need this holiday season, and everyone goes home happy as a clam.