Virgin Trains: Worst Christmas presents (and givers) revealed

Published on : Thursday, December 15, 2016

christmas-presentsWhen it comes to Christmas not all presents are welcome as Brits reveal that bad perfume (16 per cent) and socks (21 per cent) top the list of gifts they’d rather not receive, according to research* by Virgin Trains as part of its annual Christmas Train to spread festive cheer.


Women revealed their worst presents are kitchen utensils (13 per cent), scarves (12 per cent), slippers (12 per cent) and jumpers (11 per cent). While making up the top five list of the most awful gifts men have received are jumpers (19 per cent), handkerchiefs (19 per cent), slippers (16 per cent) and underpants (15 per cent).


In response, Virgin Trains built the UK’s largest ever replica trains made entirely from presents. Modelled on the iconic Azuma and Pendolino trains, they were unveiled at London King’s Cross on Tuesday, and Birmingham New Street stations today, with lucky passengers invited to take one of the 2,000 presents home.


Ensuring bad presents were avoided, socks and perfume were vetoed in exchange for Amazon vouchers, Sony headphones, Smythson Diaries, Kindle Fires, Virgin Train tickets, iPads, robotic puppies, Virgin Wine, Jo Malone travel candles, Virgin Experiences including a balloon ride and a pamper day, Pizza Express and Vue Cinema vouchers, Play Doh party packs, tickets to Alton Towers, and Virgin Active gym memberships.


The survey of 2,000 Brits also revealed that the worst gift giver is their mother-in-law with one in six Brits (17 per cent) saying they hate what she gives them, whilst the same amount also complained that their best friend is a terrible gift giver. An additional 16 per cent of the population moan that their partner gets them awful presents and 10 per cent think their mum is clueless.


Patrick McCall, Co-Chairman for Virgin Trains said; “With nearly two million people expected to travel on the Virgin Trains network over the Christmas period** we wanted to spread some good old fashioned Christmas cheer. To mark the beginning of the countdown to Christmas we’ve unveiled two life-sized trains made from 2,000 presents to get everyone in the festive spirit.”

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