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The country’s ‘naffest’ Christmas gifts

The country’s ‘naffest’ Christmas gifts revealed by UNICEF New Zealand

Hoping for something special from Aunty this Christmas? Forget it, aunties and uncles are the worst Christmas gift givers, according to a survey released today by UNICEF New Zealand.

In their Christmas Survey, a huge 60 percent of people admit returning, re-gifting, or selling Christmas gifts.

Who can blame them? 90 percent of those surveyed received naff gifts rating fluffy coat hangers, lacy tissue box covers, and glass sheep ornaments as their worst.

Other ‘naff’ gifts included embroidered handkerchiefs, a Christmas jersey for a dog, a windscreen sunshield, and plastic sleeve protectors to wear while washing.

Finding appropriate gifts was the hardest thing about Christmas shopping. 42 percent of those who buy naff gifts say they do it because they can’t think what to get.

“UNICEF is asking that instead of resorting to naff gifts that clutter up the house, people SAY NO TO NAFF and give a gift that does good,” says Dennis McKinlay, UNICEF New Zealand Executive Director.

People can select gifts like story books for children in Bangladesh from the ‘Inspired Gifts’ range through or UNICEF’s website . Each gift also comes with a personalised card.

An encouraging factor to those considering an ‘Inspired Gift’ this Christmas, more than three quarters of the 300 surveyed said they would like to receive a charitable gift, where the receiver contributes to a good cause in lieu of a physical gift.

UNICEF also guarantees that your gift is sent to a child in need with 100% of the purchase price being spent on the gift and distribution. Worldwide, UNICEF sent over 8 million ‘Inspired Gifts’ to 76 countries last year.


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