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The worst Christmas presents ever received by couples

Where gifts are concerned, it’s the thought that counts. Unless of course, the thought is that the special person in your life would appreciate a shoehorn under the tree this Christmas.

Yep, a recent survey found that a shoehorn joined a toilet seat and a tin opener on the list of the words presents ever received from a partner. 

Nail clippers, windscreen wipers and a bag of rice also emerged as gifts mistakenly thought suitable for the other half, while others have been unlucky enough to open up a box of teabags, a mop and an air freshener on the big day.

The study of 2,000 adults in a relationship found clothing, shoes and underwear are among the gifts men rarely get right when buying for a loved one. However, women aren’t perfect either – and have upset a partner by gifting the wrong aftershave, a poor choice in music or box set, or a disappointing trip away.

The research also delved into people’s reactions to the gifts they had been given – and found that women are more likely to tell a partner if they don’t like what they’ve been bought.

They are also far more likely to drop hints about what they want, to avoid disappointment.

In fact, it seems the longer couples have been together, the more honest they are. Almost a quarter of those who have been in a relationship for seven years admit they have returned a gift from their partner without telling them, compared to just 14% of couples who have been together six months.

A quarter of couples sensibly opt to choose Christmas presents together rather than risking getting it wrong, while 16% of women and 15% of men share a list of wants ­– which predictably does not include a shoehorn or an air freshener.

Though if you think that's bad, pity the person who woke up Christmas morning to find a 'fake poo' in their Christmas stocking.   


1. Mop

2. Shoehorn
3. Vacuum cleaner
4. Toilet seat
5. Air freshener
6. Nail clippers
7. Bag of rice
8. Tea bags
9. Windscreen wipers
10. Dish drainer
11. Fake dog poo
12. McDonalds toy
13. Humidity reader
14. Energy tablets
15. A painted stone
16. Tin opener
17. Tape measure
18. Salad spinner
19. Car cleaner
20. Burnt cake


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Author: Rebecca

Rebecca lives in London with her husband, daughter and dachshund. She hopes her dating blogs for Flame Introductions will inspire you to seek out the best London and UK locations for brilliant dates, and discover some tips along the way to help you find your perfect partner.