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The Holiday Presents You Definitely Should NOT Give This Year

Finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list this holiday season can be a challenge, we know.

You might have someone who has closets and drawers filled with items; what else could they possible need? Maybe you’ve got someone who claims they don’t need or want anything, which also makes shopping a challenge. We appreciate the holiday shopping struggle, but even in a moment of panic, please do not, under any circumstances, purchase one of the following presents:


A 360-degree mirror

360 Degree Mirror

360 Degree Mirror * Converts into a 5X magnification tabletop mirror * Women can view hair styles, jewelry and makeup * Great for men as well - easily shave their necks and trim up around the ears * Sits on any counter or table top * 14"H x 32"W when open Pin It

It’s hard enough to make sure your eyeliner is applied evenly. Do you really need to make them start developing insecurities about the back right corner of their head? Come on now. That’s just mean. Therefore this 360-degree mirror is unnecessary.


A Fish-Of-the-Month subscription

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While fresh fish makes for a tasty meal, there’s something creepy about having it delivered directly to your door. And there’s something even stranger when this was your holiday present from a loved one. Just say no to purchasing fresh fish for family members this holiday season.


Temporary floral-scented tattoos

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Remember when you were a kid and you were super into temporary tattoos? Now you can revive that craze AND smell artificially sweet with this floral-scented temporary ink. Or you can not, because that’s a strange present that the person will probably just throw away. Do not give this.


A sleeping bag that looks like a bear

LAUNCHING OUT! The Great Sleeping Bear-multiple version - the 2014

LAUNCHING OUT! The Great Sleeping Bear-multiple version As a Multiple version of The Great Sleeping Bear This is a new project, which is developed slowly during the corse of making the prototypes of multiple version of a sculpture, The Great Sleeping Bear.

Why have a normal red or green sleeping bag with a flannel lining when you can look like you’ve been swallowed by a massive Grizzly yet are still peacefully in Dreamland? Okay, honestly, this is kind of cool but it’s more than $2,000. That’s a little steep for a sleeping bag.


Any sort of diet book

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It could be the South Beach Diet, a book on adopting a Paleo eating plan, The 5 Factor Diet, or even cooking gluten-free: don’t do it. The holiday season is a horrendous time to not so subtly remind your loved ones that they could stand to drop a few pounds.


What’s the worst present you’ve gotten? Share with us in the comments!




Lauren Levine is a freelance writer who has contributed to publications and websites including The Huffington Post, Hello Giggles, Bustle, Thought Catalog, The Charlotte Observer, U.S. News & World Report, and others. She’s also the co-host of The Margarita Confessionals podcast. Say hi on Twitter, @lifewithlauren1.