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12 Gifts You Should Stop Buying As Christmas Presents
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May 17, 2020

DVDs, CDs and other obsolete formats

It doesn’t seem so long ago that CDs and DVDs topped many of our Christmas lists. We all love music and movies, but do any of us still own workable devices on which to play these formats? The same can’t be said, of course, for vinyl records, which are having quite a renaissance at the moment. However, if your giftee doesn’t own a vinyl player, then that wouldn’t make the most exciting gift either.

Workout equipment

Unless your giftee is a die-hard gym bunny who loves nothing more than pumping iron, it’s probably best to steer clear from anything resembling fitness equipment at Christmas time. A lot of us have the tendency to overindulge at this time of year, and we don’t want to be reminded of the weight we’ve put on. Workout gear definitely sends the wrong message!

Anti-ageing cream

In a similar vein to the previous entry, anti-ageing cream, wrinkle cream and other specifically anti-ageing beauty products aren’t really imbued with the spirit of love and kindness, and can come across as a little judgemental. What’s more, most of us have a finely-tuned skincare routine and we know exactly what works best for our skin.

Cleaning supplies

We find it hard to believe that anyone actually gives cleaning supplies and household chores equipment as a Christmas present, but apparently it isn’t as uncommon as it should be. Just…no.

‘Ugly’ Christmas sweaters

Yes, they’ve been a bit of a trend over the past few years, and the ironic Christmas jumper - with its garish patterns and colours that sting the eyes and turn the stomach - have become a Christmas party staple. However, the trend has definitely run its course, and it’s time to put this particular fad to bed. Besides, what’s the use of an item of clothing you’re only likely to wear for one day per year?

Pets

It almost seems redundant to make this point, but pets aren’t presents, and are most certainly not just for Christmas. Living, breathing animals deserve lasting love and respect and that requires a whole lot of planning and preparation to ensure they have the best possible quality of life.

Any cosmetics tested on animals

Most of us love receiving cosmetics at Christmas time, as well as perfumes, scented bath time items and other such lovely gifts. However, the public are quite rightly calling time on the ugly side of the beauty industry, and have sky-high expectations when it comes to ethical production methods. There’s simply no excuse for cosmetic animal testing in the 21st century, and we’ve all got a responsibility to stop supporting brands that don’t meet this criteria.

Cash

Unless your giftee is a child or teenager who’s saving their pocket money for a big purchase, cash money doesn’t make for an appropriate gift. It’s lazy, lacks forethought and comes across as a little strange. Take the time to choose a thoughtful present they’ll cherish!

Joke gifts

OK - some novelty joke gifts can be genuinely funny… but for how long? The humour quickly wears off such items, and they end up being forgotten about by the end of the day, and left with all the wrapping paper strewn around the room. Thoughtfulness and sincerity lasts a lot longer than a cheap laugh, and makes a far bigger impact.

Pyjamas and Nightwear

A controversial choice for this list perhaps, but hear us out. What we choose to wear to bed is a pretty personal choice, and nobody knows better than ourselves what makes us feel comfortable, safe, or seductive in the bedroom! Buying someone pyjamas is a little bit like taking control of someone’s most intimate moments, and it’s unlikely to go to plan. Lingerie can make for a romantic gift for a partner or spouse… but let’s be realistic, it should never be given to anyone else. Ever.

Hoverboards

Remember these? Hoverboards were a must-have gift a couple of years ago, and you couldn’t take a stroll in the park without someone whizzing by as balanced precariously on one. It wasn’t long, of course, before the ridiculous number of accidents they caused saw them banned in many places, or indeed before the fad faded and they became passé. Let’s not bring this particular trend back anytime soon.

Non-Bespoke Perfume

Your giftee is an individual, with their own sense of style, their own personality, and their own way of feeling confident and seductive. Why, then, would they be satisfied with an off-the-shelf, one-size-fits-all perfume? When it comes to expressing all the wonderful things that make each of us unique, nothing hits the high notes quite like a bespoke perfume, crafted with care from haute-couture essences and ingredients. At Maison 21G, we believe in bringing the ancient art of perfumery to everyone’s fingertips - why not delight your giftee with a customised scent this Christmas, and give them a gift to truly cherish throughout the year?

Spare yourself the head-scratching and check out our 12 fun gift ideas for your Secret Santa gift exchange. Who knows, you might just get your inspiration there!

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