The holiday season is an elaborate, tension-filled dance, one that lurches between joy and white-knuckle frustration. If your family is anything like ours, then they'll spend a fair amount of the time overreacting to perceived slights and nursing age-old grudges. So don't let your well-intentioned gifts compound the problem. First and foremost, always remember that the ideal gift is one that will make the recipient feel as if you truly know them well – that you have been paying close attention. Such success is, of course, rarely the case. We may not be able to suggest the perfect token for everyone on your list (though we tried), but we can help you steer clear of items that are doomed from the get-go. Here are the top 10 items that tempt buyers every year but never fail to cause offense, hassle, or heartache instead of cheer.
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