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All I want for Christmas… is not this novelty tie

Don’t feel disappointed if you don’t get what you want today – our slideshow of odd Christmas presents show it could be a lot – a LOT – worse…

DID SANTA BRING you everything you ever dreamed of this morning? Or are you currently reading this, wrapped in a slanket and wiping away tears of disappointment with your novelty reindeer tie?

Call it panic-buying, call it a lack of imagination but there are some godawful Christmas gifts abandoned under Christmas trees this morning. But don’t be too downhearted: you are not alone. Actor Matt Damon showed off some of his worst presents to celebosphere blogger Perez Hilton earlier this month in the hope of fending off a new rash of Christmas novelty gifts. They included a snuggie/slanket, a light-up tie and a nacho dish that plays mariachi music.

Bet he wishes he’d scored one of these:

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  • Oh wow, it's a.... what is it?

    Is it a bird, is it a plane? We have no idea. This Beast Machines Silverbolt is an official Transformer toy. Any resemblance to a radioactive turkey is unintentional.Source: Gobi via Flickr
  • Picture this

    House proud people might enjoy making their dinner guests uncomfortable with these table placemarkers.
  • Bungee bird feeder

    Do birds prefer to eat seed feed if it comes in the shape of a bungee-jumping man? We'll let you test this one. From
  • Tony Danza-autographed bowling pin

    Who's The Boss was one of the lamest lame American sitcoms of the 1980s but, hey, who didn't love Tony Danza, housekeeper/dad/proud Italian-American? Ebay have a bowling pin with his autograph on it. And it will only cost you upwards of $150 to stick a bid on it. Awesome.Source: BowlJerry via Ebay
  • For cunning cats

    Cat lovers will think this is cute. The rest of us already KNOW cats are evil, um, cunning. From
  • Skeletal Lego men

    Lego man needs a second helping of Christmas dinner if these skeletal models are anything to go by...Source: D Loop via Flickr
  • Bird's head plaque

    Source: Loved to Death via Facebook
  • Sovereign Ring Mug

    Well 'ard. From
  • When self-help is no help

    We're (pretty) sure these self-help titles are meant to be ironic - but in any case, is ANY book which suggests a loved one could do with improvement a good gift idea?Source: Robert Banh via Flickr
  • Elvis's pelvis

    Elvis lives on in this bizarre decorative tin. Twist the segments to match Elvis's army boots with his naked torso! Wild! Source: Lucas Cobb via Flickr
  • Do they know it's Christmas?

    Sometimes it doesn't matter what's under the tree - somehow it's not just Christmas when you spend it huddled down in a bomb shelter. These toddlers are pictured on Christmas morning 1940, taking shelter in a London tube station.

If, on the other hand, you’re the one who just can’t seem to get the gift-buying right, consider signing on to No Christmas Gifts This Year which sends a “customised” message to your loved ones. It sends them an email which says that because the economy is so tough this year, you suggest an alternative present system which involves:

Playing at the park; playing board games; cooking a meal; learning a new skill; going to the library; volunteer for a charity; learning a magic trick; visiting a local attraction.

Good luck with that.

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