Watch what you buy as holiday gifts

Watch what you buy as holiday gifts

SINGAPORE - Have you ever thrown away an unwanted gift from someone who just returned from a holiday, or put away the gift in a drawer for years only to discover it later?

Well, you are not alone.

A survey by global travel search site Skyscanner of 1,000 Singaporean travellers found that nearly three quarters - 74 per cent - have received unwanted gifts, with 9 per cent even confessing that they threw them straight into the bin.

Others were more empathetic: 41 per cent said they kept such gifts to "avoid hurting the other person's feelings".

Some 28 per cent said they gave the gifts away later.

Ms Ira Noviani, marketing manager of Skyscanner Singapore, said: "Although they say 'it's the thought that counts', receiving an unwanted gift can certainly be an awkward moment.

"Maybe we should play it safer with the gifts we choose and stick to something we all enjoy - like chocolate."

Topping the list of most unwanted holiday gifts are disgusting food or sweets, followed by clothing and knick-knacks or display ornaments.

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