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Buying Christmas Gifts? Hey, You Suck at Buying Gifts, And Everyone Hates You



Every now and then I receive guest post requests from other blogs or websites. I almost never take them up on their offers. Not because I don’t like when someone’s doing my job for me (hey, what’s the name of my blog, again?). But the problem with guest posts is that most of them are sh*t; the topics that they propose are mundane; they are rarely well-written; and worst of it, people don’t even try because the only thing they want out of it is backlinks. Why anyone would want a backlink from my tiny blog — I have no idea.

There can be exceptions, however. Michelle Hutchison works for an Australian financial site that recently crossed the ocean and came out with the U.S. start-up A couple of years ago, she and her boss were coming to New York and they had contacted me, so I dragged them to a German restaurant in Park Slope, we had a few drinks and they gave me a bear. Not a beer, a bear. My kid had a blast!

Anyway, this is not exactly a guest post, but they did a nice infographic about stupid Christmas gifts that people so much love to buy and hate to receive, and while I’ve always known it’s a waste of time and money, now we have an official proof. 🙂

Buying Christmas Gifts: The Infographic

Buying Christmas Gifts

Still insist on buying Christmas gifts no one will need?

Just think about all the waste that goes into this gift-buying racket: you agonize over what to buy and where to buy, and they agonize over how to return it to the store without standing in line for 2 hours.

I especially liked these pointers:

  • Most unwanted presents are clothing and accessories (46%), followed by household items (13%), cosmetics and fragrances (12%), literature (6%), technology (5%), food and drink (4%), music (3%)

  • Other unwanted gifts (11%) include sex toys [seriously?], gift cards [Aha!], jewelry, wall calendars, scented candles and gag gifts

  • Bosses are the person Americans don’t want to buy presents for, followed by their mother-in-law

  • Friends give the worst presents, followed by parents, then in-laws and then partners

  • Almost 1 in 5 (18%) of Americans said their partners are hopeless at buying presents for them

  • 1% of people said getting drunk was their favorite part about the holidays, while 4% said there’s nothing they like about Christmas

Seriously, just buy them a prepaid card. But not a store gift card, mind you (see the bullet point #2), but Visa or Master. And use the cashback portal if you know what I mean.

Just kidding, I know you do. 🙂

Full Article: Christmas confessions: exposes the who, what and why behind America’s wasted $9.5 billion in unwanted gifts

Photo: OpenClipart-Vectors / Pixabay


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Porn in the Sky

Porn in the Sky

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How to Save on Shopping Plus Barclays Frontier Card

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