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Thoughtless Gifts Nobody Really Wants

7 Thoughtless Gifts that Nobody REALLY wants.

Have you ever had to buy a present for someone but have no idea what they like? Whether you are just truly clueless, lazy, or simply passive aggressive, there’s nothing like a generic gift to show someone how little you care. So before you head to your nearest drug store or gas station on Christmas Eve, here is a handy list of 7 thoughtless gifts that nobody REALLY wants.

Before you do your holiday shopping, read this first! Don't say we didn't warn you.

1. Candles

Candles are #1 on the list of most thoughtless gifts. Sure they look cute and smell nice. They are even functional in the event of a power outage.

Everyone loves candles, right? Meh.  They certainly don’t require much thought – which makes them the perfect gift for someone who you only slightly care to impress.

If you know someone who really loves candles, they will probably just go out and buy them for themselves in a scent that they prefer.

Candles are the most thoughtless gift you can buy for someone you only slightly want to impress
Everyone loves candles right? That’s just what they want you to believe.
f you really don't like someone, get them this EarWax Candle Kit. They'll love it!
If you really don’t like someone, get them this EarWax Candle Kit. They’ll love it!

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2. Food

Why is this a crappy, thoughtless gift? Because food! That’s why.

Do you know anyone who puts summer sausage and crackers at the top of their wish list? Ok, maybe Grandpa. And he really shouldn’t be eating this.

Nothing shows how much you love them more than a box filled with preserved meat, stale crackers, and cheese that never expires. Yum!

But this type of gift is still quite popular and at least it keeps Hickory Farms in business.

Food is a crappy thoughtless gift.
Show them how much you care by getting them super salty meat and cheese.
Meat, cheese, and fish are a thoughtless gift.
Why not throw in some fresh fish too? Oh wait…

3. Candy and Chocolate

It’s the holidays and we are still regretting all that pumpkin pie and egg nog. So here, have a box of candy!

Ok, candy is delectable, but not when you are still trying to lose those 10 pounds (or more) you just gained this winter.

Not only is this one of the most thoughtless gifts, it’s cruel and you are plain mean.

Candy is a boring, thoughtless gift. And you are mean.
Why are you doing this to me?
Godiva chocolate? You really shouldn't have.
Godiva chocolate? You really shouldn’t have.

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4. Mugs

Mugs might be fine for your kid’s teacher or your boss. But they probably already have a hundred of these that they never use, taking up space in their cupboards.

Who do you know really wants a mug as a present? Talk about boring.

If you really feel the need to buy someone a mug, why not do them one better? Get them a mug filled with chocolate.  Heartless!

Mugs are a crappy christmas gift.
A mug! Just what I’ve always wanted.

5. Tea

While we are on the subject of mugs, tea is another thoughtless gift.

It might sound classy and even come in a pretty package, but make sure the person you are buying this for actually likes tea.

Tea in a pretty box. But it's still just tea.
This tea sampler comes in a pretty box. But it’s still just tea. Yawn.

6. Bath Products

Bath kits come with lotions and soaps in all shapes and consistencies. They can be decorative or useful, but it’s still a pretty generic gift.

Spa baskets may seem like a good gift idea, but who actually uses all of the stuff that comes in these kits?

Besides, personal hygiene products are just that – personal. What if they don’t like bar soap or the color you picked out?

Spa and bath products are impersonal gifts
Are you sure Grandma even likes purple?
This spa gift box sure looks pretty. But who actually uses all of that stuff?
This spa gift box sure looks pretty. But who actually uses all of that stuff?

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7. Body Spray

One of the most thoughtless gifts is also one of the most popular. We are talking about body spray.

And while your tween daughter who is finally allowed to use cosmetics may be thrilled to get this type of gift, you will probably not impress anyone else over the age of 15.

Scents are very personal and cheap body spray is not.  If you are going to get this as a gift for someone, make sure it’s something they asked for.

Body Spray is one of the most popular thoughtless gifts.
I would have been thrilled to get this when I was 12.
Show the man in your life just what you think of him with body spray.
Show the man in your life just what you think of him.

Thoughtless gifts?  But it’s the thought that counts, right?

In all seriousness, we should always just be grateful for what we get. It’s really the thought that counts.

So put a little thought into it! Even if you don’t have the money or time, a little creativity goes a long way.

If you don’t know the recipient very well, you can always ask around. What are their hobbies? What is their favorite color? At least then, you stand a chance.

And if you are still truly clueless, a gift card (while also incredibly thoughtless) will usually work in a pinch.

Unless it’s for someone you don’t really like. Then you can just get them this “crappy” gift…

A toilet mug is a crappy gift.
Even if they don’t drink their fancy TEA in this MUG, it can double as a CANDY dish. Now you just combined 3 thoughtless gifts all in one!

What’s the most impersonal gift you can think of? What was the most creative gift you ever got? Leave me a comment and let me know!

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7 Crappy Christmas Gifts that Nobody Really Wants

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  1. Some of those I do agree with just on personal preference. I wouldn’t buy a candle or perfume because I don’t know what scent you like or dislike. A mug and fancy tea or new keruig would be acceptable maybe even that new ninja machine. Food from Hickory Farms also a win that cheese! This is a treat as its brought out once a year then tucked away again like girl scout cookies. That too would be a win. A case of cookies that won’t be for sale for another couple of months.

    • A mug with a keurig would be pretty awesome. A mug by itself, meh. Some people do like hickory farms. You are correct that it’s kind of like a Christmas staple. Ironic how popular summer sausage is in winter. 😂

  2. livelaughhlovee5 livelaughhlovee5

    I agree with some of the things 4,5,6,7 if I got these I’d be saving these for other peoples gifts for birthdays, so thanks haha. I like candles I don’t mind that and candy/chocolate YUM

    • Right? The gifts that keep on giving and regiving and regiving. Lol!

  3. Oh my gosh nooooo! Ok some of these I totally agree with… but Candles and tea!!! No way! I love them both so much. I think that if the person really loves these things then they are a perfectly acceptable and thoughtful gift. I always love getting tea and candles. Also, bath salts make my days. Just saying.

  4. This article made me chuckle! It can be so hard buying for people, especially I think for secret Santa. But you definitely need to try and put some thought into it. I would hate to know the present I got someone isn’t going to be used, so I’m willing to put a bit of time in when choosing it.

  5. One year I received battery operated electric socks (hunters wear them) from a boy friend. He thought he was being thoughtful b/c I was always complaining my feet were cold. One year I zero dollars for Christmas, so I gave hand written notes telling the recipients how grateful I am for them and how much I love them. It went over pretty well.

  6. Shaina Shaina

    I think this post is so funny and so accurate! Body spray, lotions, and chocolate are such generic gifts. Those are gifts you get through Secret Santa because the person doesn’t really know what to get you. I am really into mugs with quotes and inspirational messages, so I would enjoy getting a nice mug. I think it all comes down to knowing what that person would enjoy.

  7. Amber Amber

    Haha, I like a lot of these. We actually just got the sausage thing as a gift and love it. They’re so good! Same with the candy. And I always like candles even if I have tons.

    That toilet mug is hilarious. I might just have to buy it for myself just because it’s so amusing.

  8. I always struggle to get gifts for people who I don’t know too well. I have been guilty of being chocolate.

  9. Electric socks is thoughtful. At least he was paying attention!

  10. We wouldn’t mind some of the gifts on the list actually. We’d love a basket full of Hickory farms or Godiva chocolate.

  11. I love this list because it is so true, but I always seem to get at least 1 or 2 of these every year. I might also be a little guilty of buying them too…

  12. I loveeee Candles but I just ordered a ton from My daughter’s Yankee candle fundraiser at her school. I only suggest people that REALLY know me, get me Candles because they know what scents I like. But I’d definitely like some tea…and a mug actually. Lol. And I’ll take a spa set too.

  13. Cute post! I love getting bath stuff and candles because they are something I never buy myself. I guess it would be thoughtless if you just gave for the sake of giving, for sure

  14. Me, personally, I like tea, mugs and food. Any gifts like this you get this year, you can just hand them over to me 😉

  15. I totally agree with this list!! Especially Chocolates & Perfumes are the most thoughtless gifts ever.

  16. Shane Shane

    Haha I enjoyed this quirky post! My mom however does love candles and body sprays… Or so I think 😉

  17. I love getting all of these things. I love candles, food, chocolates and mugs. They all make me very happy.

  18. Big help! I’ll certainly be ordering some of these tonight!

  19. toughcookiemommy toughcookiemommy

    I hate getting candles for gifts. It’s not that I don’t enjoy buying candles for myself but I just don’t want people buying them for me during the holidays.

  20. This post had me laughing. I have received these and been guilty of sending some of these too.
    A very fun way of doing a list post.Loved your style.Reminded me of one eyebrow product review you did.

  21. Loved your warning and the surprises thereafter. Lol. Awesome post with cool recommendations and a hilarious one at that!

  22. Ha ha these are the most boring, thoughtless gifts imaginable. At least try customizing an item to bring forth effort…

  23. OMG this is the most hilarious post!!!! And you know what’s funny? I just gave my old boss and ex coworker a Yankee Candle set since they’re both into candles. Me, on the other hand hate candles, LOL!

    I like tea, so I wouldn’t mind receiving it as a gift.

    And a big NO to those cheap body sprays. Blah!!!


  24. I think some of these are “thoughtless” but not all of them and I believe that Christmas is the season of showing love and appreciation to people so if I would get anyone of these, I would be happy someone thought of me and got me something.

  25. staciesayzso staciesayzso

    I hate to say it but I disagree with everything on this list! Well, except for the ear wax and toilet mug. I love and do appreciate when I get all of these things. In fact, most are on my Christmas list!

  26. hahahaha this was great girl. I have often thought the same thoughts on these types of gifts and I stopped a few years ago giving them other than to my hubby he loves the candles and meats lol #productreviewparty and ooo I forgot he would actually strangley like the toilet mug! ICK! LOL

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