10. Fruitcake

For heaven's sake, why waste your money on a bad gift? You may as well toss your money on a blazing yule log. Here are some common gifting gaffes to avoid:

<ul>

<li>Gadgets they'll never use (golf-ball-finder glasses, battery-powered potato peeler)</li>

<li>Desk clutter ("gone fishin'" plaques, Zen gardens, paper weights)</li>

<li>Overly personal (lingerie, nose-hair trimmers, weight-loss books)</li>

<li>Thoughtless (cookies for the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="HEDAI0000022" title="Diabetes" href="/topic/health/diseases-illnesses/diabetes-HEDAI0000022.topic">diabetic</a>, wine for the recovering alcoholic, or giving someone the same gift two years in a row)</li>

<li>Tacky (holiday apparel, stuffed animals for anyone older than 10)</li>

<li>Clich&eacute; (snow globes, coffee mugs, Chia Pets and, yes, fruitcakes)</li>
</ul>
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( ALLEN ROKACH/SOUTHERN LIVING )

For heaven's sake, why waste your money on a bad gift? You may as well toss your money on a blazing yule log. Here are some common gifting gaffes to avoid:

  • Gadgets they'll never use (golf-ball-finder glasses, battery-powered potato peeler)
  • Desk clutter ("gone fishin'" plaques, Zen gardens, paper weights)
  • Overly personal (lingerie, nose-hair trimmers, weight-loss books)
  • Thoughtless (cookies for the diabetic, wine for the recovering alcoholic, or giving someone the same gift two years in a row)
  • Tacky (holiday apparel, stuffed animals for anyone older than 10)
  • Cliché (snow globes, coffee mugs, Chia Pets and, yes, fruitcakes)

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