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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
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…
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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