They also include vodka given to a pregnant woman and dairy products that the recipient was allergic to. Nearly a quarter of people had given unwanted gifts away while one in six (15 percent) had exchanged it with the retailer, said a Which? poll.
Less popular ways of getting rid of unsuitable gifts included selling it on a marketplace, throwing it away and giving it back to the person who gifted it.
The survey also found women were more likely than men to give away their presents. Nearly three in 10 women decided to find a new home for their disappointing gifts compared with 18 percent of men.
Three-quarters of those polled said none of the presents they received included a gift receipt – meaning they would be unable to return it.
Lisa Webb, of Which? said: “Often only the buyer can request a refund or exchange. But if it was marked as a gift when ordered, the retailer’s returns policy may enable a recipient to return it.”