Now that Christmas is over, a lot of people are heading back to the malls to return some of the terrible gifts they received from loved ones, but it turns out a lot of people aren’t even going that far.
A recent study finds that on average, Americans get at least one gift they don’t want during the holidays, and with people spending on average $49.95 on gifts, that’s $16-billion wasted on bad gifts. And believe it or not, some people are actually purposeful in their bad gift giving with 7% of people saying they knowingly give bad gifts.
As for what most people do with those bad gifts, a little over 36% actually keep them, while almost 23% will re-gift them to someone else, and over 31% will sell or exchange them. But then there are the folks who just don’t care, with 3.69% throwing them away, and 2.56% admitting they’ve actually given the bad gift back.
So what are the worst gifts people receive? Well, for 46% of people, clothing and accessories are the most undesirable gifts, followed by cosmetics and fragrances and household items. And if you don’t want to be the bad gift giver next year, your safe bet is to stick to music, something only 3% of people say they dislike getting as a gift.