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All I Don't Want for Xmas: Botox, a Push-Up Bra and Knickers From the Boss

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Traditionally the season of goodwill, sometimes it can leave you sorely disappointed when it comes to actually receiving gifts at Christmas especially if it involves a pair of marigold gloves, anti-cellulite cream or a workout DVD.

On average men and women in Britain will accept three gifts they absolutely hate over Christmas from either family or friends, according to a new survey published on December 8.

Marmite — the nation's most loved or hated breakfast spread — asked 1,500 people in the UK what were some of the worst "gift gaffes" they had ever encountered.

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As the countdown to the big day continues, the results might give some late shoppers plenty of food for thought if they don't want to end up in the doghouse.

One unfortunate individual received a tax disc holder last year despite paper discs having become a thing of the past, while another unwrapped breast firming cream from their gran — and only to be beaten by one unlucky soul being presented with a bag of cat litter.

Surprisingly, perhaps, one in four of respondents couldn'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 leave you deflated.

It is not all doom or gloom, however, when it comes to gifts Brits would love to receive, seven out ten felt something with their name on it meant thought and consideration had been put into the choice.

"There is nothing worse than having to pretend that you love a present that you really hate. For a fail-safe gift, something personalized will let the recipient know they were in your thoughts. For Marmite fans, our personalized jars make the perfect present and can be conveniently purchased online," Shannon Lennon-Smith, spokesperson for Marmite, told Sputnik.

According to the results, nearly a quarter of us often see the funny side and laugh after being presented with a disappointing gift — yet a third admitted to falling out with their other halves over their choice.

Useless Santa

While some gifts inevitably end up in the bin, just over a third of people confessed to re-gifting it to someone else — and a quarter of Brits either exchanged it or gave it straight to the charity shop.

The survey found a third admitted to cheekily buying "grudge gifts" with little thought for people not fond of. Bosses and colleagues pulled out in the office secret Santa​were also increasingly likely to be on the losing end of a naff gift.

A philosophical 83 percent said they believed it was the thought that counted, although a materialistic 17 percent insisted it was all about cost and extravagance.

Top 30 Most Hated Christmas Presents

  1. A pair of slippers
  2. Second-hand clothing
  3. An autobiography of someone you don't like
  4. A workout DVD
  5. A handmade gift like jam or chutney
  6. Sexy underwear from the other half
  7. A hairbrush
  8. An olive oil and balsamic vinegar set
  9. Thermals
  10. Underwear from a boss
  11. Novelty apron
  12. An opened box of chocolates
  13. A mop and bucket
  14. A dead plant
  15. A Xmas hamper from the PREVIOUS year
  16. Mouthwash
  17. Chocolate body paint
  18. A naughty calendar
  19. Slimming pants
  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 drank bottle of wine
  27. An expired banknote
  28. A push-up bra
  29. A basket of fruit 'on the turn'
  30. Botox

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