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With the hectic Christmas shopping season well underway, timely new research from magazine subscription website offers gift givers some food for thought by revealing this year’s most unwanted presents list.

For women, thongs top the list of presents they’d rather not find beneath the wrapping paper, closely followed by anti-wrinkle creams, tea towels, slimming pants and ill fitting jumpers.

For men, grooming products feature strongly in the top five Christmas clangers. The wrong football shirts are UK men’s most unwanted Christmas gifts, followed by gift sets such as combs and brushes to bald men, nasal hair trimmers, after shave to men with beards and moustache trimmers to men with no moustache.

Across the regions, some of the strangest gifts included a hummingbird feeder given to someone in Bedfordshire, an alligator skull received by someone in Cheshire and a real stuffed cat revealed beneath the wrapping paper in Scotland.

Although some of the gifts revealed by the research were just plain odd, many of the gifts cited as the worst gifts received were perceived as just being inappropriate. For example, anti wrinkle creams were seen as a sure hint that the years had not been kind, and the gift of slimming pants was taken as a not too subtle hint that losing weight should top the list of New Years’ Resolutions. One retired lady from Nottingham revealed that her children had given her an over 50’s life policy as a present! She commented: ”They thought they had got me a savings policy for a rainy day, not realising it was actually funeral cover – and I’d already got one of those policies at the Post Office.”

This year we are under even more pressure to get our shopping right, as the research also reveals that credit crunch pressures will oblige the UK gift-giver to make spending cut backs of over £7bn, around £155 each on present purchases.

Nicola Rowe from said: “Christmas shopping can be very stressful so it’s easy to forget when you pick up a bubble bath set that the person you’re giving it too doesn’t have a bath, or perhaps that although you’d love the latest set of anti-ageing face creams, other people may think your present is a not too subtle hint.

As people look to make cut backs on the cost of Christmas, a magazine subscription makes a great value gift, with some excellent discounts and free gifts available. Not only can a magazine subscription make your Christmas cash go further, its arrival throughout the year makes your gift last longer too.”

A magazine subscription is an unforgettable gift for all the right reasons and there are thousands of titles to choose from so there’s a magazine to suit all interests. If someone is hard to buy for, first of all think about the person’s interests and hobbies; are they interested in any sports, are they getting married soon, do they like DIY or maybe they love to travel?

It’s never been easier to buy a magazine subscription. A visit to will give you access to a wide range of great value titles.


Issued by:

Ruth Barker
Four Countries Communications
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Tel: 0207 7499219

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