5 gifts Australians don't want this Christmas

His guy must have got a novelty mug for Christmas. Photo: iStock

Candles are an easy gift for people who are hard to buy for.

But as it turns out not many people actually like receiving them.

A recent survey by Virgin Mobile asked 1,000 Australians what they considered the worst gifts to receive come Christmas time.

According to the results, 2 out of 3 Aussies think stocking fillers are a total waste of space, and consider novelty mugs as the worst possible present.

Here are the top 5 gifts Aussies loathe come Christmas time.

    1. Novelty gifts (mugs and Christmas themed gifts) 57%
    2. Something smelly (scented candles, beauty products and perfumes) 49%
    3. Stuffed toys 47%
    4. Trinkets 44%
    5. A “gift with purchase” gift 44%

Instead the respondents said they would prefer these gifts to be replaced with something more practical – and this is a happy coincidence when you run a mobile phone business – like mobile data.

Almost 8 in 10 Australians are likely to increase their data use over the Christmas period, with staying connected and up to date (69%), shopping up an online storm including Boxing Day sales (38%) and streaming or downloading their favourite music, movies and TV series (38%) topping the list.

The research was conducted by Virgin Mobile and carried out by Lonergan from a nationally representative survey of Australians in November 2017.

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