Millions of adults know what they’re getting for Christmas – as they picked it out

More than a fifth even plan to go shopping with someone else while they buy their chosen gift, and 16 percent will purchase their own present and give it to a partner, friend or relative to “gift” to them.

In past years, 25 percent have bought their own present and simply had the “gift giver” pay them for it, and 13 percent have even waited for an “IOU”.

Partners (42 percent), children (31 percent) and mums (29 percent) are the people we’re most likely to buy a gift “from”.

The study, commissioned by centre:mk, also found 72 percent of adults drop hints in the lead up to Christmas about what they would and wouldn’t like to receive.

A quarter aren’t in favour of receiving surprise gifts, and one in 20 go as far as saying they dislike them.

In a bid to avoid surprises they buy their own gifts (16 percent), write a wish list (31 percent) and point things out in store (18 percent).

And 47 percent admitted they would simply rather receive gifts they want or need than surprises.

Kim Priest, spokeswoman for centre:mk, said: “It’s interesting to see how people feel about what they’re set to receive for Christmas this year, and how lots of people already know what they’ll unwrap.

“We’re all familiar with being asked “what do you want for Christmas”, and it’s clear people would rather be given something they want or need.

“Surprises are still welcomed by some and hopefully their loved ones know them well enough to buy a thoughtful gift.

“We’d like to think we’ve got something for everyone this festive season, whether it’s being bought as an unexpected – or expected – gift.”

The study also found that of those who dislike surprise gifts, more than half feel this has got worse with age.

But of the 2,000 adults polled, 50 percent argue that surprise gifts show how much someone knows another person – while an eighth don’t “trust” others to shop for them.

A further 28 percent would rather know what they’re set to receive because at least then they’ll get something they want.

Among the top surprise gifts people would be annoyed at receiving were a duster, household bin and ironing board.

A gym membership, vacuum and lawn mower also featured.

More than a third said such gifts would annoy them because they are items they could buy for themselves rather than as a typical present.

And 34 percent claim the likes of a baking tray and paper shredder aren’t “thoughtful”, while 33 percent simply said they’re boring.

A further 43 percent of those polled, via OnePoll, believe gift buying says a lot about a person.

If they were to receive a surprise gift from their partner that they weren’t impressed by, 34 percent would act like they were pleased and only 16 percent would admit they dislike it.

A sixth went as far as saying if their other half bought them a “bad” Christmas present they’d ask them to spend the night on the sofa – and one in ten have even ended a relationship due to a gift they received.

Of those polled who have ever received an unwanted gift, 38 percent donated it to a charity shop, 36 percent regifted and 21 percent even sold it.

Kim Priest added: “This Christmas is set to be a special one, and in order for people to get exactly the gifts they want, there’s no better way than going shopping with friends and loved ones, and pointing out what they’d like or dropping big hints.”

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