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Unfortunately, most people don’t enjoy ripping the wrapping paper off of good intentions.  The holidays are just around the corner and you may find yourself scrambling through the sparse store shelves looking for that gift that doesn’t exist.  If you’re like me, you’ve saved the most difficult people on your list for last and you are now completely panicked and at a loss.  But before you pick up that President Obama Chia pet or the leopard print Snuggie, you may want to save your money for a gift that doesn’t seem…well, so desperate.  Here are seven gifts that aren’t worth the holiday hassle–for you or the prospective recipient:

1.  Gifts That Benefit the House

My mother had a rule in her house that you don’t purchase household appliances as gifts, because they aren’t gifts for people, they are gifts for the house.  Unless it’s a housewarming, or someone specifically asks for a George Foreman grill, save your change.  Everyone has different tastes about what they prefer to display in their home, and chances are, your guess will be way off. The last thing you want to see is your gift sitting in a cupboard collecting dust.

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