Gifting can be hard. Full disclosure I still have several people I have no idea what to get for Christmas. But there are some things that should never be considered. Have you ever received a crumpled 5 dollar bill in a Christmas card? Or soap? Well, CardSnacks surveyed over 1,000 people to learn more about their experiences giving and receiving what many would consider “insulting” gifts. Some were given intentionally others may have had good intentions. But good intentions don’t always mean well received.

I was surprised to find out that 57% of people say they have received an insulting gift. And 79% of those feel the gift was intended to be insulting. Cash was identified as one of the most insulting gifts. It can seem last minute, shows a lack of creativity,  and can give implications of mismanaging money.

Key Findings

  • One in three people said they would be inclined to give an insulting gift on purpose.
  • Cash was flagged as the most insulting gift for reasons ranging from lack of personalization to implications of mismanaging money or seeming last-minute.
  • Relationships after an insulting gift exchange were most damaged when the recipient feigned excitement about the gift.

Study: Most Insulting Gifts

Gifts To Avoid This Holidays Season

  • 1. Cash


  • 2. A Scale

    Bathroom Scale

  • 3. Socks & Underwear

    Socks & Underwear

  • 4. Toy Drums or Other Irritating Toys

    Toy Drums

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