Christmas gifts are used to send 'passive-aggressive' messages, survey finds

Americans are very generous with their passive-aggressiveness.

A new survey reveals that Americans plan on using the holidays to send someone in their life a message via a passive-aggressive gift. So, if you smell bad, get ready to find out about it on Christmas day.

Men are more likely to give a “take the hint” gift, with 26 percent saying that they planned on sending a message this way, while only 17 percent of women said they’d give this type of gift.

Men are more likely to give a “take the hint” gift, with 26 percent saying that they planned on sending a message this way, while only 17 percent of women said they’d give this type of gift. (SWNS)

The study, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of BAKblade, a body grooming company, asked 2,000 Americans about Christmas gifts, according to South West News Service, a British news agency. What they found was that many people give “take-the-hint” gifts.

For example, if someone smells bad, someone might give them a “take-the-hint” gift of deodorant or cologne. Or, if they have bad breath, they might get a fancy toothbrush (or, even a non-fancy one, depending on how bad their breath is).

According to the survey, grooming products are commonly given, along with self-help books.

Men are more likely to give a “take-the-hint” gift, with 26 percent saying that they planned on sending a message this way, while only 17 percent of women said they’d give this type of gift.

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The survey also revealed that only 56 percent of Americans are worried about giving the “perfect gift,” while 46 percent are worried about giving a gift that makes them look cheap.

Other popular such gifts are cookbooks, exercise equipment, cleaning supplies, gym memberships and alarm clocks.

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Fortunately, a majority of Americans responded to the survey by saying that they’d like to receive something “practical” for Christmas. So, even though a gift may be passive-aggressive, it’s likely the recipient will still appreciate it.