All of us have heard at one time or another seller or buyer beware – but in this case, the saying now becomes gifter beware. Many of us give with the best of intentions, but never realize that the gifts we are about to give are truly nightmares – or worse – in disguise.

No one ever means to make such a mistake, but these do occur and we are here to help you avoid these mishaps. The following are the five worst gift ideas ever to cross our paths.

The five worst gift ideas EVER

The first and biggest worst gift ideas ever to give is the item that tries to give a subtle hint for what you consider a needed change in this person’s life.

We think this is a polite way of doing it, but all in all we cause more pain and trouble than it is worth. Some examples of these types of gifts are things like books for losing weight, an audio book on helping someone with their memory, or even a book on finding the right guy or girl. For the recipient, all they experience is you calling them fat, stupid, and unable to meet good people for relationships. The gift causes pain and depression – the opposite of the intention you had for it.

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The second worst gift ideas ever given is giving something that shows how little, if any, thought you put into your gift. T

This happens more often than people like to admit to, and this is why it is number two on our list. Some examples of these gifts would be giving body jewelry to someone who doesn’t even have an ear pierced, an ‘I believe in Xenu” T-shirt for a Christian, or even a box of chocolates for a diabetic. If you truly don’t want to put your heart into giving gifts, then don’t even bother – those you call friends will appreciate it.

The third worst gift ideas ever thought of would be the extremely large books often referred to as coffee table books.

The typical thought when giving these books is that the large wrapped item will make the person so much more happy – but upon opening this tome of a book, almost always the person is anything but happy. Books can be a great gift, but remember that in this instance, regular sized or even pocket sized is better than extraordinarily huge.

Fourth worst gift ideas ever attempted is giving a gift that the person has no way to exchange or even be able to give away.

We all want the recipient to love our gifts, but we can’t get it right 100 percent of the time. So please, do not give a gift from a specialty shop that does not exist in the recipient’s part of the country unless you know for sure they want this item in question. If you don’t, the person has the potential to be quite angry and disappointed in you and your gift.

Finally, the worst gift idea ever is the one where you buy the item, actually wanting it for yourself, but you figure the recipient will not want it and will give it back to you.

Please know this: this type of plan will always backfire on you, and is horrible to attempt in the first place! If you want the item, buy it for yourself – or you will be ending up buying two when you could have only bought it once.

Always remember the golden rule: Buy for others, then buy for yourself too. You will both be happy!