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Shoppers talk Christmas present don'ts

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Holiday gift giving is a tradition filled with good intentions, but some gifts are better left at the store. People we spoke with say that there are some gifts they would rather not have under their Christmas tree. YNN’s Carmella Mataloni tells us what some shoppers consider a bad Christmas present.

WATERTOWN, N.Y. -- Finding the perfect Christmas gift for your loved ones can be a challenge. Hundreds of websites give you ideas of what the perfect Christmas present may be, but forget to mention what you shouldn’t buy.

Shoppers we spoke with say there are some things they would rather not open up on Christmas day.

“Feminine things, especially when it’s in front of everybody. It’s a little embarrassing,” said Jessica Smith of Lacona.

“Notebooks for school. Notebooks, pencils, pens, you know, school supplies,” said Kyla Dingman of Pulaski.

Julie Hopkins of Canada said, “Anything that has to do with cleaning or cooking.”

Folks say that clothes could potentially be a bad gift idea. If they end up being the wrong size, it is especially hard to return them after the holiday. But one item of clothing that’s usually not on anyone’s list always ends up in their stocking.

Shoppers at K-Mart say that there are a number of different things you could consider a bad Christmas present, but most agree that they don’t like opening up a pair of socks on Christmas Day.

“Usually sock and underwear. It gets really annoying sometimes because my parents wrap them up as hard as they could. It gets really annoying to try to open them,” said eleven-year-old Benjamin Stachowicz of Fort Drum.

“Socks for Christmas. You don’t usually wear them for long. Especially in the summer, because you mostly wear flip flops, “said Dingman.

“Some of the clothes I’ve gotten, I wasn’t all that excited for. I’ve gotten socks and stuff before that I just didn’t care for,” said Allison Spencer of Pamelia.

Shoppers say that even though all presents are bought with the best intentions, with only a few weeks left in the holiday shopping season, a gift card can be a safer route for those extra stocking stuffers.

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