12 of the Worst Gifts You Can Give This Year

What's Hot

How to Cut the Cable TV Cord in 2017Family

8 Major Freebies and Discounts You Get With Amazon PrimeSave

8 Creative Ways to Clear ClutterAround The House

Study: People Who Curse Are More HonestFamily

This Free Software Brings Old Laptops Back to LifeMore

Pay $2 and Get Unlimited Wendy’s Frosty Treats in 2017Family

The 3 Golden Rules of Lending to Friends and FamilyBorrow

6 Reasons Why Savers Are Sexier Than SpendersCredit & Debt

Resolutions 2017: Save More Money Using 5 Simple TricksCredit & Debt

Porta-Potties for Presidential Inauguration Cause a StinkFamily

Protecting Trump Will Cost Taxpayers $35 MillionFamily

7 New Year’s Resolutions to Make With Your KidsFamily

5 New Year’s Resolutions That Will Pay Off 10 Years From NowCollege

10 Tasty Alcohol-Free Drinks That Adults Will LoveFamily

10 Simple Money Moves to Make Before the New YearFamily

Could Your Pet Benefit From Marijuana-Laced Treats?Family

Consumer Reports asked people which gift they would least like to receive. And the winner -- or more accurately, loser -- was the same as last year.

Step away from the booze this holiday season, gift shoppers.

Just as in 2014, Consumer Reports has identified hard liquor as the worst gift you can give.

In the nonprofit organization’s latest holiday poll, 20 percent of respondents said they would least want to receive hard liquor as a gift.

For the poll, more than 1,300 American adults with a median age of 45 were asked to rank gifts from a list of what Consumer Reports describes as “fairly common presents.” About half of the participants were women and half were men.

Consumer Reports found that 80 percent of people preferred to receive a practical gift this year over a fancy, luxury item. When it comes to gift cards compared with money, 57 percent preferred to receive cash.

The gifts considered worst by the largest percentage of survey respondents are:

  • Hard liquor (e.g., rum, vodka, whiskey) — 20 percent
  • Flowers — 16 percent
  • Anything that is clearly re-gifted — 12 percent
  • Home décor items (e.g., picture frames, candles) — 11 percent
  • Lottery tickets — 10 percent
  • Gift cards or gift certificates — 5 percent
  • Wine — 4 percent
  • Books — 4 percent
  • Food — 4 percent
  • Kitchen items — 4 percent
  • Socks — 4 percent
  • Clothes — 4 percent

If you find yourself on the receiving end of such a gift this year, remember that there’s an easy, free way to turn unwanted gifts into cash.

For better gifting options, check out:

What’s the worst gift you’ve ever received? Sound off in our Forums. It’s the place where you can speak your mind, explore topics in-depth, and post questions and get answers.

Stacy Johnson

It's not the usual blah, blah, blah

I know... every site you visit wants you to subscribe to their newsletter. But our news and advice is actually worth reading! For 25 years, I've been making people richer without making their eyes glaze over. You'll be glad you did. I guarantee it!


Read Next: 10 Free Things That Used to Cost Money

Check Out Our Hottest Deals!

We're always adding new deals and coupons that'll save you big bucks. See the deals to the right and hundreds more in our Deals section.

Click here to explore 1,892 more deals!